With two lovers and a bitter end, Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" has intoxicated the world of opera since 1865. The opera opened the Bayreuth Festival on July 25 in a grim new interpretation.
The opening of the legendary Bayreuth Festival on Saturday was a success, with the audience hailing the premiere of "Tristan and Isolde." For Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, the evening wasn't without problems.
The house where composer Richard Wagner once lived - a museum since 1976 - has been restored, renewed and expanded. After three years of work, it opens its doors to visitors on July 26. Here's a sneak preview.
DW's Berlin columnists - all English-speakers who have lived in the German capital for many years - bring you an insider's perspective on cultural life in one of the world's most vibrant cities.