Bayreuth Festival 2018 with world premiere „der verschwundene hochzeiter“, a new opera by Klaus Lang

The Bayreuth Festival starts its 2018 edition with a world premiere. As part of the “Bayreuth Discourse”, the new opera “der verschwundene hochzeiter” by renowned Austrian composer Klaus Lang will be performed for the first time on 24 July 2018.

The work, commissioned by the Bayreuth Festival, is based on an old Austrian legend and tells the story of a groom who is invited to a stranger’s wedding. He can enjoy himself and dance, but never longer than the music plays, the stranger commands. The bridegroom disregards the ban. When he returns home, he is shocked to realize that three hundred years have passed since he left and he crumbles to dust.

“der verschwundene hochzeiter” will be performed at the “Reichshof” in Bayreuth, a historic cinema dating from 1925 which has been unused of many years.

Booking begins on 4th June 2018, all tickets cost 35,-€, no allocated seating. Tickets can be booked by email at or by post at
Bayreuther Festspiele
Kennwort „Hochzeiter
Festspielhügel 1-2
95445 Bayreuth

First performance on 24 July 2018, additional performances on 26 and 27 July 2018.
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This world premiere has been realized thanks to generous support by the Oberfrankenstiftung and the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth e.V. The commission has been financed by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.