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26.07.2020 16:00 (CEST)

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Tannhäuser (Valery Gergiev, Tobias Kratzer) (+Artist Commentary)

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.