The Begum Aga Khan III at Bayreuth Music Festival, 1963

The Festival ideal

Wagner’s Festival ideal was closely bound up with the genesis of his principal work, Der Ring des Nibelungen, each element in the equation fructifying the other. Both are rooted in the events leading up to the revolutions of 1848-9, a period when Wagner was Court Kapellmeister in Dresden. His reflections on a fundamental reform of existing theatrical conditions finally led him to side with the revolutionaries and to play an active role in the May Uprising in Dresden in 1849. Following the Uprising’s brutal suppression, Wagner was forced to flee from Dresden and to seek refuge in Switzerland. Even while he was still in Dresden, he had already sketched out a Nibelung drama, Siegfried’s Death, which he later revised as Götterdämmerung.

It was on 14 September 1850 that Wagner first sketched out the idea of a festival, an idea that continued to obsess him throughout the years that followed….

The crowd applauds, as Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III arrives at the Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany in 1963

The crowd applauds, as Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III arrives at the Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany in 1963 (Click photo to enlatge).

It is since that time that the world-famous music festival attracts many famous (and less famous) people, like the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III, who was a great Wagner fan, and came every year as a guest of honer.

Even today, the festival is vèry populair, and still attracts many visitors, of all ages, from all over the world.

Programme 2015

Saturday 25. July, 04:00 PM Tristan und Isolde
Sunday 26. July, 04:00 PM Lohengrin
Monday 27. July, 06:00 PM Das Rheingold
Tuesday 28. July, 04:00 PM Die Walküre
Thursday 30. July, 04:00 PM Siegfried
Friday 31. July, 06:00 PM Der fliegende Holländer
Saturday 01. August, 04:00 PM Götterdämmerung
Sunday 02. August, 04:00 PM Tristan und Isolde
Monday 03. August, 06:00 PM Der fliegende Holländer
Tuesday 04. August, 04:00 PM Lohengrin
Wednesday 05. August, 04:00 PM Siegfried
Friday 07. August, 04:00 PM Tristan und Isolde
Saturday 08. August, 06:00 PM Der fliegende Holländer
Sunday 09. August, 06:00 PM Das Rheingold
Monday 10. August, 04:00 PM Die Walküre
Wednesday 12. August, 04:00 PM Siegfried
Thursday 13. August, 04:00 PM Tristan und Isolde
Friday 14. August, 04:00 PM Götterdämmerung
Saturday 15. August, 06:00 PM Der fliegende Holländer
Sunday 16. August, 04:00 PM Lohengrin
Tuesday 18. August, 04:00 PM Tristan und Isolde
Wednesday 19. August, 06:00 PM Der fliegende Holländer
Thursday 20. August, 04:00 PM Lohengrin
Friday 21. August, 06:00 PM Das Rheingold
Saturday 22. August, 04:00 PM Die Walküre
Sunday 23. August, 04:00 PM Tristan und Isolde
Monday 24. August, 04:00 PM Siegfried
Wednesday 26. August, 04:00 PM Götterdämmerung
Thursday 27. August, 04:00 PM Lohengrin
Friday 28. August, 06:00 PM Der fliegende Holländer

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