08/20/2020 4:00 PM (CEST) Stream has expired Tannhäuser (Valery Gergiev, Tobias Kratzer) (+Artist Commentary) See Our Upcoming Concerts Tobias Kratzer’s “novel…wrenching” (New York Times) 2019 production of Tannhäuser as a wildly contemporaryparable of art and freedom – with Valery Gergiev making his long-awaited Bayreuth Festival debut – was greeted with a standing ovation and exceptional press acclaim. The young Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen makes her “astonishingly mature” (New York Times) Bayreuth debut as Elisabeth, American heldentenor Stephen Gould exhibits “great dramatic and vocal power in the title role” (Telegraph), and Russian mezzo Elena Zhidkova is the “scene stealing Venus”(Opera Today). Artist commentary by Elena Zhidkova at the beginning of the stream. Music Director: Valery Gergiev Director: Tobias Kratzer Stage Design & Costumes: Rainer Sellmaier Lighting: Reinhard Traub Video: Manuel Braun Herman, Landgraf von Thüringen: Stephen Milling Tannhäuser: Stephen Gould Wolfram von Eschenbach: Markus Eiche Walther von der Vogelweide: Daniel Behle Biterolf: Kay Stiefermann Heinrich der Schreiber: Jorge Rodriguez-Norton Reinmar von Zweter: Wilhelm Schwinghammer Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen: Lise Davidsen Venus: Elena Zhidkova Ein junger Hirt: Katharina Konradi Edelknaben: Cornelia Ragg, Lucilla Graham, Annette Gutjahr, Elena Zhidkova Le Gateau Chocolat: Le Gateau Chocolat Oskar: Manni Laudenbach Together with the festival management, the Friends of Bayreuth have set up an emergency fund for artists of the Bayreuth Festival. Artists and performers who are in need as a result of the Corona pandemic are to be supported by this fund. Income generated from the sale of these DG Stage-Bayreuth Festival tickets will also benefit this fund.