The Bayreuth Festival is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Wagner himself conceived and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal. Performances take place in a specially designed theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.
Connoisseurs, friends, skeptics - they all come to the green hill every summer to explore his legacy, away from the great centres of culture. Since 1876, when he first performed his "Ring des Nibelungen" as a cycle. Richard Wagner: visionary, utopian - his heritage remains alive here.
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