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Festspielhaus (Festival Theater)

Festspielhaus (Festival Theater) Review

This high temple of the Wagner cult—where performances take place only during the annual Wagner Festival—is surprisingly plain. The spartan look is explained partly by Wagner's desire to achieve perfect acoustics. The wood seats have no upholstering, for example, and the walls are bare. The stage is enormous, capable of holding the huge casts required for Wagner's largest operas. The festival is still meticulously controlled by Wagner's family.

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  • Address: Festspielhügel 1, Bayreuth, 95444 | Map It
  • Phone: 0921/78780
  • Cost: €5
  • Hours: Tours Dec.–Oct., Tues.–Sun. at 10, 2, and 3. Closed during rehearsals and on performance days during festival
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  • Location: Bayreuth
Updated: 11-13-2013

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