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For the ticketless many, Bayreuth festival considers beaming opera to town square

For the ticketless many, Bayreuth festival considers beaming opera to town square

The annual Bayreuth Festival is considering broadcasting some of Richard Wagner's operas to a town square for the many people who miss out on tickets.
Festival spokesman Peter Emmerich said Wednesday that organizers were mulling trying out the arrangement for one opera this year _ with the aim of fulfilling Wagner's hopes of making Bayreuth a "festival for all."
It remains unclear where screens might be set up. Emmerich said a likely venue would be a town square with space for about 1,000 people, who would not need tickets.
Emmerich said it also remains unclear which opera might be chosen _ but ruled out the "Ring" cycle, which he said was simply too long. Possibilities include "Parsifal" and "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg."
Wagner enthusiasts typically face a long wait _ up to 10 years _ for a place in the roughly 2,000-seat Festspielhaus at the annual summer festival.
Bayreuth Mayor Michael Hohl welcomed the festival's proposal, and said in a statement that "all the necessary preparatory work is on the right track."


Updated : 2021-05-08 21:21 GMT+08:00