Barry Millington is Chief Music Critic for the London Evening Standard and founder/editor of The Wagner Journal. He is the author and editor or co-editor of eight books on Wagner, including Wagner, The Wagner Compendium, The Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion and Selected Letters of Richard Wagner, and also contributed the articles on Wagner and his operas to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. His latest book, The Sorcerer of Bayreuth: Richard Wagner, his Work and his World, was published in October. He was the founder and artistic director of the Hampstead & Highgate Festival (1999-2003), and has acted as dramaturgical adviser on Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival and on productions in Tokyo and Copenhagen; in 2008 he co-founded the ensemble Counterpoise. He is co-director of Wagner 200, a wide-ranging series of events celebrating the bicentenary of Wagner's birth in 2013, and is known also as a broadcaster and lecturer.