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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Bayreuth

Bayreuth is a town in Bavaria, south Germany, on the Red Main River, 40 miles northeast of Nuremberg.

In 1874 the German Wagner moved into a house at Bayreuth that he called Wahnfried (“Peace from Illusion”).

Two years later, Wagner designed Bayreuth, an opera house made possible by the generosity of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He wished to have a building, which would meet his extravagant musico-dramatic ideals.

The theatre introduced new concepts of opera house design, including provision of an enlarged orchestra pit extending below the stage and projecting the sound outwards and upwards.

Opera festivals are held in Bayreuth every summer.

Source Hutchinson Encyclopedia © RM 2012. Helicon Publishing is division of RM.


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