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Symposium: New Bayreuth
Sun, 31. Jan 2021, 11:00

30th – 31st January, 2021

Symposion im Foyer
Symposion im Foyer

New Bayreuth is no mythical location but rather an epoque that is still going strong. The period began on 29th July 1951 with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. The event served Wagner’s grandsons, Wieland and Wolfgang, as a hark-back to the cornerstone ceremony for the future Festspielhaus in May 1872. The programme of the first festival to be held after the war featured PARSIFAL, THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG and THE MASTER-SINGERS OF NUREMBERG. The date also marks the emergence of the ‘New Bayreuth” school led by Wieland Wagner, who cut back the stage sets drastically and operated largely with light and the barest minimum of props – a style that was to influence set designers for decades to come. This »Year Zero« in Bayreuth, however, can be seen as a mythical event in other respects. Firstly, the Wagner name was being perpetuated in the form of Wieland Wagner, who had capitalised on his standing during the Third Reich. Secondly, the audiences at New Bayreuth were largely identical to those of a decade and more previously.

Experts Udo Bermbach, Dieter Borchmeyer, Danielle Buschinger and Frank Piontek discuss all aspects of this delicate reincarnation.

An event organised jointly by the Richard-Wagner-Verband Berlin-Brandenburg and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.