Upper Franconian town of Bayreuth in northern Bavaria, Germany is the
home of the annual Bayreuth Festival at which works by Richard Wagner
are performed. It was here that Wagner built a theatre to his own unique
specifications that would become a mecca for Wagner enthusiasts to this
day. The Bayreuth Festival runs from late July to late August each year.
For those interested in going to Bayreuth further information can be
The Bayreuth Festival opens each year on 25 July and runs until the
end of August with performances on most days. At the present time Bayreuth
only performs Wagner's mature works from Der Fliegende Holländer
onwards. The works presented each year varies - when the Ring is being
performed three cycles are given, and there are performances of three
of Wagner's other operas. In non Ring years five of Wagner's mature
operas are performed. For further details of performances at Bayreuth
and the Festival in general visit the website of the Bayreuth
Unfortunately the Wagner Society no longer receives an allocation of
tickets each year. This means that members must apply through the Box
Office in the normal way. The programme for the following year is announced
at the beginning of September and applications must be submitted by
mid October. It is possible to order tickets online - click
here for further information from the Bayreuth Festival website.
The demand for tickets far outweighs the availability
and it can take up to seven years to successfully get tickets. After
you have applied once the Box Office will automatically send you a booking
form in future years. It is important to apply for tickets every year
to keep your place in the queue.
If your application for tickets is successful then Bayreuth will send
you information from the Bayreuth Tourist Office about booking accommodation.
Alternatively you can source accommodation on the Internet.