The 95th Wagner Festival in Bayreuth opened July 25 with a gala performance of "The Flying Dutchman" and runs through August 28.
A new production of "The Ring" cycle by German dramatist Tankred Dorst is headlining this year's festival. Wagner's "Parsifal" and "Tristan and Isolde" are also on the program.
Composer Richard Wagner founded the opera festival himself in 1876, where his newly completed four-opera Ring cycle was debuted. The legendary "Green Hill" is currently under the direction of his 86-year-old grandson, Wolfgang Wagner.
The Bayreuth Wagner Festival has become one of Germany's most important cultural events and attracts tuxedo-clad celebrities and politicians each year.
Take a look at DW-WORLD.DE's collection on this year's festival, including a picture gallery featuring past productions from the last half century.