Deutsche Grammophon will present the first-ever virtual Bayreuth Festival on DG Stage this summer. The programme, from 25 July until 29 August 2020, includes recent or landmark productions of six Wagner music dramas on the dates and times originally scheduled for this year’s festival. The four works scheduled for the 2020 Bayreuth Festival – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Der Ring des Nibelungen – will be broadcast online and available to view for 48 hours.
DG Stage ticket holders will also be able to watch critically acclaimed festival stagings of Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal on free days in the 2020 Bayreuth calendar.
Includes two complete Ring cycles
As a substitute for the Bayreuth Festival’s new production of the Ring, DG Stage will feature two complete Ring cycles – Frank Castorf’s challenging 2013 staging (in a recording from 2016, conducted by Marek Janowski) as well as Patrice Chéreau’s legendary centenary production from 1976 (in a recording from 1980) conducted by Pierre Boulez.
All productions will be introduced by a stage director, conductor or principal singer involved with the original production, specially filmed for the festival’s DG Stage season, including Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski, Barrie Kosky, Michael Volle, Philippe Jordan, Elena Zhidkova and Lise Davidsen and Georg Zeppenfeld.
“We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Deutsche Grammophon and present our full festival programme online”
“It was with great regret that we decided to suspend our productions this year,” noted Heinz-Dieter Sense, Managing Director of the Bayreuth Festival. “This unique event means so much to so many people around the world, which is why we are delighted to be able to collaborate with Deutsche Grammophon and present our full festival programme online. While we look forward to welcoming artists and public back to the Green Hill in 2021, DG Stage is set to deliver the best of Bayreuth to a global audience this summer. Together with the festival management, the Friends of Bayreuth set up the emergency fund for artists of the Bayreuth Festival. Artists and performers who are in need as a result of the Corona pandemic are to be supported by this fund.”
“The Bayreuth Festival and Deutsche Grammophon have agreed to cooperate to make this year’s festival an international and digital online experience, despite the cancellation of its programme”, added Dr Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon. “This cooperation, already reported widely by the media, is the natural continuation of the edition of Bayreuth premiere productions since 2015, which Deutsche Grammophon has released as DVD/Blu-ray and digital titles.”
Deutsche Grammophon launched DG Stage: The Classical Concert Hall, a new online platform featuring exclusively produced classical concert streams by the world’s leading artists, in June. Tickets for the virtual Bayreuth Festival 2020 can be bought securely online and ticket holders will gain access to exclusive productions broadcast in state-of-the-art audio and visual quality.
DG Stage Bayreuth Festival Programme 2020:
25 July Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Kosky/Jordan)
26 July Tannhäuser (Kratzer/Gergiev)
2 August Lohengrin (Sharon/Thielemann)
4 August Tristan und Isolde (K. Wagner/Thielemann)
8 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold (Castorf/Janowski)
9. August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Die Walküre (Castorf/Janowski)
12 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried (Castorf/Janowski)
13 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Götterdämmerung (Castorf/Janowski)
15 August Lohengrin (Sharon/Thielemann)
19 August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Kosky/Jordan)
20 August Tannhäuser (Kratzer/Gergiev)
24 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold (Chéreau/Boulez)
25 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Die Walküre (Chéreau/Boulez)
27 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried (Chéreau/Boulez)
28 August Parsifal (Laufenberg/Haenchen)
29 August Der Ring des Nibelungen: Götterdämmerung (Chéreau/Boulez)
For further details visit bayreuth.dg-stage.com