An awkward alcove has been turned into a place of pilgrimage at Dresden Semperoper. To celebrate Wagner's bicentennial, a corner at the end of the upstairs foyer has been fitted out with six new plush seats. Each has a shiny brass plaque naming one of the composer's operas - and more importantly a set of headphones, on which you can listen to extracts from Staatskapelle Dresden recordings.
While I was there, everyone was doing the very German thing of ignoring the whole set up entirely - until one brave person sat down and plugged in, that is. Swiftly followed by a rush for the remaining seats and an orderly queue for the leftovers.