Camilla Nylund, Klaus Florian Vogt Headline Revamped Bayreuth Festival 2020

By David Salazar

The Bayreuth Festival has announced that it will be offering up an alternative event this summer due to the ongoing concerns over COVID-19.

The company announced that it would be featuring live performances as well as broadcasting others via radio, television, and the internet.

There will be a live event featuring conductor Christian Thielemann with members of the Festival Orchestral alongside Camilla Nylund and Klaus Florian Vogt.

Performance Date: July 25, 2020

Simon Steen-Andersen will present “The Loop of the Nibelung,” an audiovisual exploration of the Bayreuth Festival Hall featuring music by Wagner with singers and members of the Festival Orchestra. The concert will be streamed on the official website and BR-Klassik Concert page.

Performance / Streaming Date: July 28, 2020

The company will present three different productions of the Ring from 2013, 1988, and 1976. Audiences will get to check out the Castrof version from 2013 on BR-Klassik.

Streaming Date: July 25-28, 2020

Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Boulez’s iconic 1976 “Ring” will be shown on ARD-alpha and BR-Klassikon.

Streaming Date: August 7, 2020

Finally, Kupfer’s 1988 version of the “Cycle” will be presented via 3sat media library,, and the official Bayreuth Festival website.

Streaming Date: July 25, 2020

Besides presenting the three Rings, the company will also present a 1958 production of “Lohengrin” by André Cluytens on BR-Klassik.

Streaming Date: July 29, 2020 

Herbert von Karajan’s 1952 “Tristan und Isolde” will be broadcast on BR-Klassik.

Streaming Date: July 30, 2020 

Additionally, BR-Klassik and the Bayreuth Festival will present videos such as “Opera crash course Wagner, “Classic Shorts,” “The Ring Profiles,” and “Wagner ABCs.”