Every summer, Wagner fans from all over the world flock to Bayreuth. What's so special about the Richard Wagner Festival? It's not the music alone.
The festival steeped in tradition has announced generational change: In 2020, the "Ring" will be produced by an extremely young team. This year's staging of "Tannhäuser" is predicted to be opulent — and amusing.
The Bayreuth Festival opens with Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser." Director Tobias Kratzer told DW how he sees the play as being more about artistic aspirations than the Romantic conflict between pure and profane love.
The memory of one of Richard Wagner's grandsons and the longest serving theater director at the Bayreuth Festival — or likely anywhere else — is being held high in the year marking the 100th anniversary of his birth.
So far, it has been difficult to get a hold of documents of the renowned composer. But that will be much easier after the Wagner National Archive has been digitized.
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