Bayreuth Ring 2016: TV Broadcast Of Entire Cycle

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 18 June 2016 | 5:31:00 am

Despite the new online booking at Bayreuth, have you still not been successful in getting tickets for Frank Castorf's "controversial" Ring? Indeed, even if you had the opportunity to get tickets were you made nervous by the less than positive reviews? Well, worry no longer, at least if you live in the UK, Ireland, Italy or Germany (Or have access to Youtube within a day or so one suspects) . For this year - and the first time ever - Sky Arts will be broadcasting the entire cycle, over two days in July - Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st. That means of course, two of the dramas each day (Indeed, all four on the Sunday). A marathon session for even a Wagnerian and one that suggests that when Sky's media people tell us the entire thing is broadcast "live" they are not correct, So one can ignore those reports one might suggest otherwise. However, Götterdämmerung will be broadcast live and as it is performed. The rest performed live, recorded and broadcast soon after. 
"With this, many people can enjoy the performances and I believe it’s in the spirit of Richard Wagner to reach as many arts fans as possible". K Wagner

The performances will be accompanied by documentaries and "behind the scenes" discussion. These extras  and deep analysis of Wagner and his work will be lead by the worlds leading expert on Wagner and his work, Stephen Fry (Ed: "Leading world expert"? Are you sure? I once told a knock knock joke but I hardly think that makes me a comedian)



This years cycle will be conducted by Marek Janowski, Full cast details for all of the dramas can be found at festival's website here.

Of the experience Katharina Wagner says, "I look forward to the cooperation with Sky and really appreciate its commitment. With this, many people can enjoy the performances and I believe it’s in the spirit of Richard Wagner to reach as many arts fans as possible. This is a large and prestigious project, realised with state-of-the-art technology.”

Broadcast details as follows:

UK broadcast times:


Saturday 30 July - Bayreuth Festival

8pm Wagner Documentary
9pm Das Rheingold
11.30pm Die Walküre


Sunday 31 July - Bayreuth Festival Complete Ring Cycle
4.30am Das Rheingold
7.00am Die Walküre
11.00am Siegfried
3.45pm Götterdämmerung LIVE