Since 2017, the Bayreuth Festival expands its programme with the “Bayreuth Discourse”. It offers a dialogue on Wagner’s work and impact in the form of academic presentations, debates, and musical programmes, with the aim of stimulating critical analysis. In 2017, a symposium and four coucerts took place. This year the “Bayreuth Discourse” offers a world premiere and a symposium, both revolving around “Verbote (in) der Kunst”.
der verschwundene hochzeiter
New opera by Klaus Lang
As part of “Bayreuth Discourse”, the opera “der verschwundene hochzeiter” by renowned Austrian composer Klaus Lang will see its world premiere in Bayreuth on 24 july 2018. Thus, the festival honors Richard Wagner’s idea for his Festspiele, originally conceived not only to preserve and maintain the existing, but also to dare new things and to leave well-trodden paths. Both “der verschwundene hochzeiter” as well as “Lohengrin”, this year’s new production of the Bayreuth Festival, deal with the theme of a rigid ban, its transgression and fatal consequences.
Verbote (in) der Kunst
“Bayreuth Discourse” discusses prohibitions in and by art within their political and social context and tackles questions of censorship and taboo. What role do their inherent laws play in the artistic decision? Is freedom and individuality possible without limitations?
Artists, scientists and politicians will meet at Villa Wahnfried for the “Bayreuth Discourse”s discussions, presentations and talks.