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Program and cast

Conductor: Axel Kober
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Stage design: Rainer Sellmaier
Costumes: Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting: Reinhard Traub
Video: Manuel Braun
Dramaturgy: Konrad Kuhn
Landgrave Hermann: Günther Groissböck
Tannhäuser: Stephen Gould
Wolfram von Eschenbach: Markus Eiche
Walther von der Vogelweide: Magnus Vigilius
Biterolf: Olafur Sigurdarson
Henry the Scribe; Jorge Rodríguez-Norton
Reinmar von Zweter: Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Elisabeth, niece of the landgrave: Lise Davidsen
Venus: Ekaterina Gubanova
A young shepherd: Katharina Konradi 7/27, 8/2, 8/5
Alexandra Steiner 8/13, 8/16, 8/23
Le Gateau Chocolat: Le Gateau Chocolat
Oskar: Manni Laudenbach

Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival (German: Bayreuther Festspiele) 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. Wagner personally supervised the design and construction of the theatre, which contained many architectural innovations to accommodate the huge orchestras for which Wagner wrote as well as the composer's particular vision about the staging of his works. The Festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often must wait years to obtain tickets.

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