For When One Wagner Opera isn’t Enough
Next week, the Bayreuth Festival will start and run through the end of August. The program consists entirely of operas written by Richard Wagner. No, it only takes a month to get through them all, not a full year!
Believe it or not, the idea of a festival of only Wagner operas was the conception of Wagner himself! Okay… I guess that is pretty believable. Always in a financial crisis, the festival was a means for Wagner to pay debts and remain financially independent. Once Wagner had chosen Bayreuth as the location for his festival, he discovered that the existing theatre in Bayreuth was not equipped to handle the grandiose staging and orchestrations of his operas. Hence, he set out to fundraise to build a grand opera house worthy of his works.
If you are a professional musician in Germany, you get a break! That’s right, not just teachers get a summer vacation. Theatres are generally closed for six weeks during the summer months. Now, sometimes there are special performances held outside or at markets, but for the most part, theatres take a hiatus and will rent out the theatres for other events. If you don’t want to take an extended vacation, and if you are one of the lucky ones, you could fly to another country to sing, or you could take part in master classes and music festivals in Germany.
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Hello, I am Christine, the director of GVAI, a passionate singer, German diction, voice and performance coach. I love music, singing and dancing. Life is an exciting journey and I invite you to walk with me....