This year marks 200 years since the German composer Richard Wagner was born. The German city of Bayreuth is planning numerous events to mark the occasion, the first being an unconventional work by the Austrian brass ensemble Mnozil Brass.
Next year, superstar Anna Netrebko will sing in Bayreuth. But as the current season begins, visitors are looking forward to a new production of Wagner's "Lohengrin" — including a stage set designed by Neo Rauch.
He has mastered many roles across Germany, including performances in Wagner operas. But this year, Polish baritone Tomasz Konieczny celebrates his first appearance at Bayreuth – and hopefully not his last.
The Wagner Festival opens the season with a production dominated by powerful images and strong voices – meeting with loud ovations for the soloists and only polite applause for the production team.
The music to James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars films is immediately recognizable, even if one doesn't know the names of the composers. "Score – A Film Music Documentary" pays tribute to its creators.
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