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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice


Bayreuth Festival (Richard Wagner-Festspiele)

"I have never come across an audience with so much hatred, so much anger, such a thirst for revenge. They take everything personally. It makes you a little bit scared, and it's really quite terrifying." (Lance Ryan on the audiences at Bayreuth)

Bayreuther Festspiele

The Bayreuth Festival is the most famous festival in the world. Here only Richard Wagner's music dramas are performed.

Stefan Herheim: Parsifal, Bayreuth 2012

Stefan Herheim: Parsifal, Bayreuth 2012

The Flying Dutchman

Jan Philipp Gloger's new Dutchman: Bayreuth 2012


Hans Neuenfels: Lohengrin, Bayreuth 2012

Bayreuth festival the next years

Uwe Eric Laufenberg (stage director)
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Barrie Kosky (stage director)
Philippe Jordan (conductor)
Michael Volle (Hans Sachs)
Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser)
Klaus Florian Vogt (Stolzing)
Krassimira Stoyanova (Eva)

Alvis Hermanis (stage director)
Christian Thielemann (conductor)

Tobias Kratzer (stage director)

Der Ring des Nibelungen
Christian Thielemann (conductor - probably)


The Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth was opened in 1876 with three performances of the complete Ring. It took six years before the next Festival could take place. In 1882 only Parsifal was played (16 performances).

In 1951 the Festival reopened after the war. Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner were joint leaders until Wieland's death in 1966. Since then Wolfgang Wagner has been artistic supervisor and leader of the Festival.


Recommended reading

Frederic Spotts: Bayreuth - a History of the Wagner Festival

Penelope Turing: New Bayreuth

Said about the Bayreuth Festival

Map: How to find the Festspielhaus (Festival House) in Bayreuth

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Satellite photo of the Bayreuther Festspielhaus

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Richard Wagner DVDs on Amazon

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Richard Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival as salvation


Bayreuth Festival DVDs/Blurays






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