BERLIN Jan 10 Iris Wagner, great-granddaughter
of composer Richard Wagner, died in Berlin on Thursday after a
lengthy illness, her family told the Nordbayerischer Kurier. She
Born in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1942, Wagner was the daughter
of Wieland Wagner, who with his brother Wolfgang led the
Bayreuth Festival, devoted to Wagner's works, after World War
A painter, photographer, filmmaker and translator, Wagner
sat on the board of trustees of the Richard Wagner Foundation,
which was formed in 1973 to oversee the estate of the composer.
She mostly stayed in the background of the family squabbles
that the Wagner clan is famous for, but in recent years she
criticised the foundation for its decision-making process.
She opposed plans to expand the Richard Wagner Museum, which
sits in the Wahnfried House, where Wagner grew up, and media
reports at the time said she blocked plans for a cafe and gift
shop near the composer's grave, which is behind the house.
(Reporting by Monica Raymunt; Editing by Erik Kirschbaum,
Michael Roddy and Alison Williams)