Click HERE for the webcast schedule of the 2018 Bayreuth Festival
Click HERE to see pictures of the new production of Lohengrin
For the third time, I will be attending the Bayreuth Festival this year in early August. I will be attending four performances including the new production of Lohengrin, as well as the current Meistersinger, Parsifal, and The Flying Dutchman.
The live broadcast of the new Bayreuth Production of LOHENGRIN on Opening Night, July 25, 2018, can be streamed on BR-Klassik. You can watch this transmission if you live in Germany. Click HERE for more details.

Sharon Yuval, a native of Chicago, came to prominence in the opera world in Berlin and Los Angeles, and becomes the first American to direct a new production at Bayreuth. His new Lohengrin replaces the Hans Neuenfels staging which was quite controversial when it debuted at the Green Hill (you might remember the chorus members dressed as rats). By the time I got to see this production in 2012, the boos that greeted the production the first year gave way to bravos. Mr. Yuval's rookie year at Bayreuth has not been an easy one. In late June Roberto Alagna, scheduled to sing the title role, left the production claiming he had not learned the role. In early July, the Bayreuth Festival announced that Polish tenor Piotr Beczała would replace him. Mr. Beczała sang this opera in 2016 under the baton of Christian Thielemann, who will conduct this production this summer.

This summer, the Bayreuth Festival will present the following works. Casts and dates are listed below.
 

Lohengrin

July 25, 29 August 2, 6, 10

Conductor Christian Thielemann
Production Yuval Sharon
Set Design & Costumes Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy
Lighting Reinhard Traub
Chorus Director Eberhard Friedrich
   
Lohengrin
Piotr Beczala
Heinrich der Vogler Georg Zeppenfeld
Elsa von Brabant Anja Harteros
Friedrich von Telramund Tomasz Konieczny
Ortrud
Waltraud Meier
Der Heerrufer des Königs Egils Silins
1. Edler Michael Gniffke
2. Edler Eric Laporte
3. Edler Raimund Nolte
4. Edler Timo Riihonen

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

July 28 August 5, 11, 17, 21, 27

Conductor Philippe Jordan
Director Barrie Kosky
Stage design Rebecca Ringst
Costumes Klaus Bruns
Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich
Dramaturgy Ulrich Lenz
Lighting Franck Evin
 
Hans Sachs, Schuster Michael Volle
Veit Pogner, Goldschmied Günther Groissböck
Kunz Vogelgesang, Kürschner Tansel Akzeybek
Konrad Nachtigal, Spengler Armin Kolarczyk
Sixtus Beckmesser, Stadtschreiber Johannes Martin Kränzle
Fritz Kothner, Bäcker Daniel Schmutzhard
Balthasar Zorn, Zinngießer Paul Kaufmann
Ulrich Eisslinger, Würzkrämer Christopher Kaplan
Augustin Moser, Schneider Stefan Heibach
Hermann Ortel, Seifensieder Raimund Nolte
Hans Schwarz, Strumpfwirker Andreas Hörl
Hans Foltz, Kupferschmied Timo Riihonen
Walther von Stolzing Klaus Florian Vogt
David, Sachsens Lehrbube Daniel Behle
Eva, Pogners Tochter Emily Magee
Magdalene, Evas Amme Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Ein Nachtwächter Tobias Kehrer

Tristan und Isolde

July 27, August 13, 16, 20, 24, 28

Conductor Christian Thielemann
Director Katharina Wagner
Stage design Frank Philipp Schlößmann
Matthias Lippert
Costumes Thomas Kaiser
Dramaturgy Daniel Weber
Lighting Reinhard Traub
Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich
 
Tristan Stephen Gould
Marke René Pape
Isolde Petra Lang
Kurwenal Iain Paterson
Melot Raimund Nolte
Brangäne Christa Mayer
Ein Hirt Tansel Akzeybek
Ein Steuermann Kay Stiefermann
Junger Seemann Tansel Akzeybek

Parsifal

July 26, August 1, 8, 14, 19, 25

Conductor Semyon Bichkov
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage design Gisbert Jäkel
Costumes Jessica Karge
Lighting Reinhard Traub
Dramaturgy Richard Lorber
Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich
 
Amfortas Thomas J. Meyer
Titurel Tobias Kehrer
Gurnemanz Günther Groissböck
Parsifal Andreas Schager
Klingsor Derek Welton
Kundry Elena Pankratova
1. Gralsritter Tansel Akzeybek
2. Gralsritter Timo Riihonen
1. Knappe Alexandra Steiner
2. Knappe Mareike Morr
3. Knappe Paul Kaufmann
4. Knappe Stefan Heibach
Altsolo Wiebke Lehmkuhl

Der fliegende Holländer

July 30, August 3, 7, 12, 22, 26

Conductor
Axel Kober
Director
Jan Philipp Gloger
Sets Christof Hetzer
Costumes
Karin Jud
Dramaturgy Sophie Becker
Lighting
Urs Schönebaum
Video Martin Eidenberger
Chorus Director Eberhard Friedrich
   
Daland
Peter Rose
Senta Adrianne Pieczonka
Erik Michael König
Mary Christa Mayer
Der Steuermann
Benjamin Bruns
Der Holländer
Samuel Youn

Die Walküre

July 31, August 18, 29

Conductor Plácido Domingo
Director Frank Castorf
Stage design Aleksandar Denić
Costumes Adriana Braga Peretzki
Lighting Rainer Casper
 
Siegmund Stephen Gould
Hunding Tobias Kehrer
Wotan John Lundgren
Sieglinde Anja Kampe
Brünnhilde Catherine Foster
Fricka Marina Prudenskaya
Gerhilde Caroline Wenborne
Ortlinde Christiane Kohl
Waltraute Simone Schröder
Schwertleite Marina Prudenskaya
Helmwige Regine Hangler
Siegrune Mareike Morr
Grimgerde Mika Kaneko
Rossweisse Alexandra Petersamer

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