Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv became the first female conductor to lead the orchestra in 145 years of history of the famous opera festival in Bayreuth (Germany). This is mentioned on the official website of the event.
Lyniv opened the festival with the premiere of The Flying Dutch on July 25. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband were among the viewers that night.
Bayreuth opera festival, one of the most famous music events worldwide is dedicated to the heritage of German composer Richard Wagner.
Oksana Lyniv is a prominent Ukrainian conductor. Born in Lviv region, western Ukraine, she resides and works in Austria. Lyniv is the first major conductor of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Graz, which is Austria's second largest opera house. She also founded the LvivMozArt International Festival of Classical Music, and the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine.