… a quarter of an hour before the beginning, the break musicians enter the balcony of the Festival Hall for the first time – and intone their fanfare. Matching with a motif of the next act: a novelty, like the festival itself. For all thirty performances, which are played every year.
The balcony did not exist during Richard Wagner’s time, but the break fanfares did. They have been sounding since 1876, in almost every weather. Always at the same time, because already at the first Bayreuth Festivals the beginning of the introduction was set to 16 o’clock (with the exception of the Flying Dutchman and Rheingold) and the length of the breaks to sixty minutes.
There is also the canon of Wagner operas, out of which the schedule is compiled: “The Flying Dutchman”, “Tannhauser”, “Lohengrin”, “The Ring of the Nibelung”, “Tristan and Isolde” and “Parsifal”.
The latter will be presented this year in a new production by Barrie Kosky.