SECTION IV – BAYREUTH

Architectural masterpiece and technological prowess, innovative and revolutionary, the Bayreuth Festival Theatre, which was inaugurated in August 1876, was designed by the composer himself to stage the four operas that constitute  the cycle of  Cycle. This adventure was the outcome of nearly twenty-five years of composition, artistic and philosophical reflections, but also political and financial discussions/negotiations  with the most notorious/influential people of his time. The adventure still continues up to this day, with the composer’s heirs following the succession line, for the better though sometimes also with a few surprises in store…  

CHAPTER I (before 1869)
CHAPTER II (1869-1876)
CHAPTER III (1876-1883)
CHAPTER IV (1883-1930)
CHAPTER V (1930-1944)
CHAPTER VI (1945-1966)
CHAPTER VII (1966-2008)
CHAPTER VIII
CHAPITRE IX
Annex 1 : Bayreuth ... before Richard Wagner
Annex 2 : « Next year we will do everything else »
Annex 3 : The New Bayreuth (1951) and the art of Wieland Wagner
Annex 4 : The first Bayreuth festival seen by the French
Annex 5 : Bibliography: The adventure of Bayreuth