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Bayreuther Festspiele

The Bayreuth Festival, also known as the Richard Wagner Festival, is a unique international music and theatre event at which the ten main works of Richard Wagner are alternately performed for around five weeks every year. The venue of the performances is the Bayreuth Festival Theatre built by Wagner.

The annual 30 performances can be followed by around 60,000 spectators. Because of the relatively moderate price level, among other things, there are waiting times of several years for the available tickets. Besides the four-part “Ring of the Nibelung” and “Parsifal”, “The Flying Dutchman”, “Tannhäuser”, “Lohengrin”, “Tristan and Isolde” as well as “The Mastersingers of Nuremberg” are alternately performed. Beluga Shipping GmbH is one of the patrons of the Bayreuth Festival that are indispensable for the costly production. Since 2008 the Gallery and Artist House Spiekeroog has been a cooperation partner of the festival of outstanding international standing and acts as a presentation centre for smaller programme events at the Richard Wagner Festival. Various art cooperation projects are developed as part of the long-term strategic collaboration.

Wolfgang Wagner, a grandson of Richard Wagner and great-grandson of Franz Liszt, has been the festival director in Bayreuth without a break since 1951 (together with his brother Wieland until 1966). In 2008, Katharina Wagner, a granddaughter of the composer and Wolfgang Wagner’s daughter, took over his position in tandem with her half-sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier. In the 2008/2009 season Katharina Wagner stages Richard Wagner’s opera “Rienzi” at Theater Bremen. The premiere took place on 11 October 2008. According to joint planning, Katharina Wagner will head a weekend workshop entitled “Wagner for Children” at the Gallery and Artist House Spiekeroog. This and other courses are part of the art exchange between the Gallery and Artist House Spiekeroog and the Bayreuth Wagner Festival.

If you would like to find out more about the Bayreuth Festival, please contact:


Bayreuther Festspiele
Festpielhügel 1 - 2
95445 Bayreuth 

Phone:

+ 49 (0) 921  - 78 78 0

Web:

www.bayreuther-festspiele.de

 

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