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This summer the Bayreuth Festival will stage a new production of Tannhäuser directed by Tobias Kratzer (pictured above), with sets and costumes by Rainer Sellmaier. It will replace the controversial 2011 Sebastian Baumgarten production, which I was able to see during my first trip to Bayreuth in 2012. This new production will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

 

Mr. Kratzer is 39 years old and is known as a visionary who especializes in classical and new works. His memorable staging of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto led to a tenure at the Bavarian State Opera. His upcoming Tannhäuser promises to be as controversial as the one it is replacing, especially if we take into account the production of this opera that Kratzer and Sellmaier staged at the Theatre Bremen in the 2010-2011 season. Below you can see a video ad for this production, which just might serve as a trailer for the upcoming Bayreuth staging.
 
Valery Gergiev, here pictured listening to Anna Netrebko, will be making his Bayreuth debut this year conducting the new Tannhäuser production.
Superstar Anna Netrebko will make her debut at the Green Hill singing the role of Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin. She will be singing only two performances of the role (August 14 and 18) alongside Piotr Beczala. Sharing the role of Elsa will be Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova. This is the second year for this production which was directed by Yuval Sharon.

 

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

Tannhäuser

July 25, 28 August 13, 17, 21, 25

Conductor Valery Gergiev
Production Tobias Kratzer
Set Design & Costumes Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting Reinhard Traub
Chorus Director Eberhard Friedrich
   
Landgraf Hermann
Stephen Milling
Tannhäuser Stephen Gould
Wolfram von Eschenbach Markus Eiche
Walther von der Vogelweide Daniel Behle
Biterolf
Kay Stiefermann
Heinrich der Schreiber Jorge Rodríguez-Norton
Reinmar von Zweter Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Elisabeth Lise Davidsen
Venus Ekaterina Gubanova
Ein junger Hirt Katharina Konradi

Lohengrin

July 26, 29 August 3, 7, 19, 14

Conductor Christian Thielemann
Production Yuval Sharon
Set Design & Costumes Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy
Lighting Reinhard Traub
Chorus Director Eberhard Friedrich
   
Lohengrin
Piotr Beczala & Klaus Florian Vogt
Heinrich der Vogler Georg Zeppenfeld
Elsa von Brabant Anna Netrebko & Krassimira Stoyanova
Friedrich von Telramund Tomasz Konieczny
Ortrud
Elena Pankratova
Der Heerrufer des Königs Egils Silins
1. Edler Michael Gniffke
2. Edler Tansel Akzeybeck
3. Edler Raimund Nolte
4. Edler Timo Riihonen

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

July 27, 31 August6, 10, 24, 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 Camilla Nylund
Magdalene, Evas Amme Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Ein Nachtwächter Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Tristan und Isolde

August 1, 9, 16, 20, 23, 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 & Stefan Vinke
Marke Georg Zeppenfeld
Isolde Petra Lang
Kurwenal Greer Grimsley
Melot Raimund Nolte
Brangäne Christa Mayer
Ein Hirt Tansel Akzeybek
Ein Steuermann Kay Stiefermann
Junger Seemann Tansel Akzeybek

Parsifal

July 30, August 2, 5, 15, 19, 22, 26

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 Ryan McKinny
Titurel Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Gurnemanz Günther Groissböck
Parsifal Andreas Schager
Klingsor Derek Welton
Kundry Elena Pankratova
1. Gralsritter Martin Homrich
2. Gralsritter Timo Riihonen
1. Knappe Alexandra Steiner
2. Knappe Mareike Morr
3. Knappe Paul Kaufmann
4. Knappe Stefan Heibach
Altsolo Wiebke Lehmkuhl

 

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