Watch the Bayreuth Festival 2021 on Deutsche Grammophon’s online platform DG Stage this summer. A year ago Deutsche Grammophon’s first-ever virtual Bayreuth Festival set benchmark standards for online music streaming and this year’s programme is even more ambitious, offering unprecedented access to one of the greatest of all musical experiences. Between 26 July and 24 August 2021 DG Stage will present ten different current and recently performed festival productions, encompassing all of Wagner’s mature music dramas from the festival stage, including the opening premiere of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new staging of Der Fliegende Holländer.
Thanks to Deutsche Grammophon’s collaboration with the Bayreuth Festival and the Society of Friends of Bayreuth all the broadcasts, except the exclusive premiere of Der Fliegende Holländer, will be available free of charge. Each production from the Bayreuth catalogue will remain available to registered viewers for 48 hours after its initial broadcast.
Exclusive online broadcast of Der Fliegende Holländer
DG Stage is delighted to present the exclusive online broadcast of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new staging of Der Fliegende Holländer (27 July) which will be available for five days at a pay-per-view price of €9.90. The Russian director is making his Bayreuth debut, as is Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, who will be the first woman to take to the podium in the Bayreuth Festival’s long history.
Other highlights from the Bayreuth Festival 2021 on DG Stage include Frank Castorf’s provocative production of Der Ring des Nibelungen (30 July, 6, 15 and 21 August); Barrie Kosky’s “production of enormous insight and great quality” (Opera News) of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the 2017 Festival (1 and 24 August); Tobias Kratzer’s “entertainingly transgressive” (Los Angeles Times) 2019 production of Tannhäuser (2 and 23 August); Tristan und Isolde (9 Aug) staged by the composer’s great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner in 2015; and Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s “sublime and provocative” (The New York Times) 2016 production of Parsifal (10 August).
“I am delighted that Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival are adding a streaming initiative on DG Stage to their long-standing partnership for the second time,” noted Katharina Wagner, Director of the Bayreuth Festival, “Last year’s streaming offerings were the first and also the only opportunity for a broad audience to be up close and personal in Bayreuth. In addition to the live experience in the Festspielhaus, I am very grateful to Deutsche Grammophon that the international Wagner community will be able to follow the current productions and a major new production in the Festspielhaus digitally, in particular during this difficult yet very special year.”
“The first virtual Bayreuth Festival was a tremendous success”
“The first virtual Bayreuth Festival was a tremendous success,” added Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon. “We’re thrilled this year to present Dmitri Tcherniakov’s brand-new staging of Der Fliegende Holländer from the 2021 Festival and all of Wagner’s music dramas in their current Bayreuth productions, as sadly not all Wagnerians can travel or be accommodated with tickets. Wagner himself expressed the wish that friends of his art should have free access to Bayreuth performances, and our close collaboration with the Festival and the Society of Friends – which is in turn supported by the commitment of Siemens, partner of DG Stage – puts us in the exceptional position of being able to comply with his wish for all archived productions in this very special year.”
Bayreuth Festival 2021
26 July Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Kosky/Jordan)
27 July Der Fliegende Holländer (Tcherniakov/Lyniv)
30 July Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold (Castorf/Janowski)
31 July Lohengrin (Sharon/Thielemann)
2 August Tannhäuser (Kratzer/Gergiev)
6 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Die Walküre (Castorf/Janowski)
9 August Tristan und Isolde (K. Wagner/Thielemann)
10 August Parsifal (Laufenberg/Haenchen)
15 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried (Castorf/Janowski)
21 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Götterdämmerung (Castorf/Janowski)
23 August Tannhäuser (Kratzer/Gergiev)
24 August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Kosky/Jordan)
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