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Bayreuth Is Celebrating Richard Wagner Jubilee

With More Than 100 Events Bayreuth Commemorates The Great Composer Richard Wagner


Richard WagnerOn 22. May 2013 the great composer Richard Wagner would have his 200. anniversary. Moreover, 2013 is the year of his 130. deathday. Reason enough for the city of Bayreuth, where Wagner had found the fulfilment of his life's work, to remind of his life and all his artistic accomplishments.

For 11 years, Bayreuth had been the last stage of Richard Wagner's eventful and at times unsettled life. Even as a child, Wagner came into contact with theatre and the opera became the many-talented artist's preferred way to express himself and to pool all of his many skills. Driven by concert bookings and jobs on the one hand and debts on the other, Wagner had lead an unsteady life since he was a young man and he had widely traveled through Europe. His biggest dream had been to have a festival hall solely for his life's work 'The Ring of the Nibelung' and Bayreuth fulfilled this dream in 1876. Bavaria's Swan King Ludwig II., who had adored Wagner, had been a major financier of the 'Festspielhaus'.Bayreuth 2013 - All About Wagner!

The festival hall is Wagner's legacy to Bayreuth, and the city cultivates and honours it thus attracting Wagner-enthusiasts from all over the world. Each year, music afficionados come to the 'Green Hill' of Upper Franconia's biggest town to experience the 'Ring of the Nibelung', a cycle of four mystical operas.

Under the motto 'Bayreuth 2013 - All About Wagner!' the city wants to commemorate the great composer, stage director, conductor, and poet not only during the festival season but also with many other top-class events. Wagner fans are invited to concerts, plays, exhibitions, workshops, and many other events. The official jubilee homepage lists the complete programme.

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