A theatre created for a single composer: the Bayreuth Festival Theatre. With an auditorium in which his music unfolds like in no other theatre in the world. With no grandeur, reduced to the essential: to experience his works as a celebration. Connoisseurs, friends, skeptics – they all come to the green hill every summer to explore his legacy, away from the great centres of culture. Since 1876, when he first performed his “Ring des Nibelungen” as a cycle. Richard Wagner: visionary, utopian – his heritage remains alive here. At the most exciting musical theatre festival in the world.
A new production of Richard Wagner’s "Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg" will open the 108th edition of the Bayreuth Festival on 25 July 2019. "Tannhäuser" will be conducted by Valery Gergiev, marking Mr. Gergievs debut in Bayreuth. Tobias Kratzer directs, with stage and costume designs by Rainer Sellmaier.
Polish star tenor Piotr Beczała will sing the role of Lohengrin in this years opening production of the Bayreuth Festival. Piotr Beczała is regularly invited to sing on all important opera houses worldwide. 2016 he made his highly successful debut as Lohengrin in Dresden under Christian Thielemann.