2013 marks two hundred years since Richard Wagner was born. As part of a special series on the composer, Deutsche Welle accompanied a film team following the production of Wagner's 'Ring Cycle' in Buenos Aires.
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.
The first commissioned work of new music in Bayreuth Festival history and the first world premiere there since 1882: the multimedia fairy tale "der verschwundene hochzeiter" (The Bridegroom Disappeared) by Klaus Lang.
A new exhibition looks at how the Nazis used opera as a powerful tool of propaganda, especially during the Nuremberg Rallies. Hitler was personally involved in the staging of some epic Wagner productions.
Brecht's Threepenny Opera makes its debut at the Munich Film Festival this week — one of the 185 movies on the agenda. Several works pick up on current concerns about social media and omnipresent surveillance.
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