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Did Merkel pass out at opera intermission?

Mrs Merkel and her husband arriving at the opening of the Bayreuth Festival in the southern German city of Bayreuth on July 25.

Bayreuth, Germany

THE Bayreuth Festival, one of the hottest tickets in the world of opera, opened with a well-received new production of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde on Saturday, which also won praise from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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