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About Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival is renowned for its outstanding performances of the 19th-Century German composer Richard Wagner’s operas, performed in a special theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, designed by Wagner himself, so that he could produce his own works. The Bayreuth Festival’s acclaimed productions receive over 500,000 ticket requests each year with only 60,000 tickets available and a waiting list of up to 9 or 10 years. As a result, Bayreuth Festival fans can eagerly anticipate the opportunity to purchase tickets for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this spectacular production in the UAE’s capital, performed for the first time ever outside of Germany.
As the unmissable highlight of the Abu Dhabi Classics new season, concert-goers will experience the full musical drama of The Valkyrie, under the artistic direction of Katharina Wagner, great granddaughter of the renowned composer. The production will also include a feature length film, which will be played in the background, telling the story of The Valkyrie and revisiting the main locations that inspired Richard Wagner’s work. Renowned for their spectacular productions and standing ovations, The Bayreuth Festival’s unique production of The Valkyrie will be breathtaking.
The events on 30 January and 1 February 2019 will be nothing less than historic and will mark a decisive artistic milestone, not only for Abu Dhabi Classics, but also for Wagner’s music in particular and for the classical music world in general. The cooperation between the Bayreuth Festival and Abu Dhabi Classics has been growing for many years in preparation for these two unique evenings, which will confirm once more Abu Dhabi’s position as a cultural capital.
The opera chosen for these unique evenings is Wagner’s Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), the second of the four works that constitute the epic Ring of the Nibelung. Premiering in 1870, The Valkyrie is widely considered the masterpiece of the Ring cycle. The opera follows the romantic love story of Siegmund and Sieglinde, and the father-daughter relationship between Wotan and Brünnhilde, with the saga of gods, giants and dwarfs (which the composer imagined after reading North Germanic and Scandinavian Mythology) as a backdrop. The Valkyrie is also one of Wagner’s most accomplished musical works as it is almost exclusively built out of his famous leitmotifs, including the universally known Ride of the Valkyries.