Summer 2019

In addition to this official meeting, you will have an opportunity to renew acquaintances or to get to know other Members and strike up conversations at our series of “Friends meet Friends” and “Intermezzo” events.

Opening Hours during the festival
Please note our information concerning the security measures in this summer 2019

The Friends of Bayreuth present this year Sven Friedrich’s introductory lectures relating to that day’s production. They take place in the auditorium of the Festspielhaus at 10.30 a.m. on every performance day. The entry ticket for the evening’s performance entitles the holder to free admission. It is unfortunately not possible to reserve seats in advance. Admission to the introductory lectures is from the West side (road side).  Explanations by Sven Friedrich on the current productions are also available in the video archives in the members-only section of our website


24th July • 7 p. m.
Ceremony 100th Anniversary Wolfgang Wagner ••• Festspielhaus


27th July • 10 p. m.
70. Mitgliederversammlung der Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth e. V. • General Meeting • Assemblée générale
••• Steigenberger Festspielrestaurant
••• Sind Sie auch Freund?
••• You can watch the Meeting then in the video archives in the members-only section of our website.


29th July • 2d interval
Intermezzo »Lohengrin«
••• Balcony Festspielhaus

In the first interval you can visit us in the office on every performance day. This year, we have had a new idea for you for the second interval when we would like to meet you away from the office atmosphere — our Intermezzo series. On five performance days, we shall be inviting you to spend the second interval in the company of members on the balcony on the West side of the Festspielhaus. A contribution of 20 euros will be charged to defray the costs of drinks. Since space is limited there, we would ask you to sign up in good time.


1st August • 11:00
Tristan-Brunch
••• Ring Lounge

After the great success in 2018, we are continuing our brunches in this year’s Festival period on four “Tristan” days. With a tristan-Brunch you will have an opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get to know other members over a relaxed late breakfast in the Ring Lounge. At the same time, we should like to join you in a look behind the scenes of the Festspielhaus where possible. It will be a surprise to see what doors we can walk though and what corridors we can explore. A contribution of 40 euros per person will be charged to defray the costs of the brunch. We would advise you to sign up in good time, because numbers are limited.


4th August • 7 p. m.
Festkonzert • Festival Concert • Concert anniversaire
••• Markgräfliches Opernhaus


5th August • 2d interval
Intermezzo »Parsifal«
••• Balcony Festspielhaus

On this performance day, we shall be inviting you to spend the second interval in the company of members on the balcony on the West side of the Festspielhaus. A contribution of 20 euros will be charged to defray the costs of drinks. Since space is limited there, we would ask you to sign up in good time.


9th August • 11 a. m. 
Tristan-Brunch
••• Ring Lounge

With a tristan-Brunch you will have an opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get to know other members over a relaxed late breakfast in the Ring Lounge. At the same time, we should like to join you in a look behind the scenes of the Festspielhaus where possible. It will be a surprise to see what doors we can walk though and what corridors we can explore. A contribution of 40 euros per person will be charged to defray the costs of the brunch. We would advise you to sign up in good time, because numbers are limited.


10th August • 10:30  a. m.
Freunde treffen Freunde: Tobias Kratzer
Friends meet Friends • À la rencontre des amis

••• Klaviermanufaktur Steingraeber

New productions at the Bayreuth Festival are a closely guarded secret until the day of the première. We are looking forward full of anticipation and excitement to the new “Tannhäuser” production. On this morning, you will have an opportunity to ask the producer, Tobias Kratzer, about his view and interpretation of the Wartburg world and the evening star. 


13th August • 2d interval
Intermezzo »Tannhäuser«
••• Balkon Festspielhaus

On this performance day, we shall be inviting you to spend the second interval in the company of members on the balcony on the West side of the Festspielhaus. A contribution of 20 euros will be charged to defray the costs of drinks. Since space is limited there, we would ask you to sign up in good time.


18th August • 10:30 a. m. 
Freunde treffen Freunde: Udo Schmidt-Steingraeber
Friends meet Friends • À la rencontre des amis
••• Klaviermanufaktur Steingraeber

At the end of this Festival period, we must say goodbye to “Parsifal” and therefore also to the sound of the “Parsifal” bells in the Festspielhaus for a certain time. As a farewell event, we should like to acquaint you with their history, which is closely linked to the Steingraeber company. Our host, Udo Schmidt-Steingraeber, will be introducing us to the universe of sound of the “Parsifal” bell. 


20th August • 2d interval
Intermezzo »Tristan«
••• Balkon Festspielhaus

On this performance day, we shall be inviting you to spend the second interval in the company of members on the balcony on the West side of the Festspielhaus. A contribution of 20 euros will be charged to defray the costs of drinks. Since space is limited there, we would ask you to sign up in good time.


23d August • 11 a. m.
Tristan-Brunch
••• Ring Lounge

With a tristan-Brunch you will have an opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get to know other members over a relaxed late breakfast in the Ring Lounge. At the same time, we should like to join you in a look behind the scenes of the Festspielhaus where possible. It will be a surprise to see what doors we can walk though and what corridors we can explore. A contribution of 40 euros per person will be charged to defray the costs of the brunch. We would advise you to sign up in good time, because numbers are limited.


24th August • 10:30 a. m. 
Freunde treffen Freunde: Prof. Dr. Anno Mungen
Friends meet Friends • À la rencontre des amis
••• Klaviermanufaktur Steingraeber

How can we imagine an operatic voice for which there are no sound recordings? The Research Institute for Musical Theatre at Bayreuth University has investigated the voice of the singer Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, who was active as an opera and lieder singer in the 1820s until the end of the 1840s, and was a star with an international following. The results will help a project looking into the historically informed musical practice in the performance of Richard Wagner’s works as one of the bases for approaching the vocal aspects from an historical perspective. In his talk, Prof. Dr. Anno Mungen, the Institute Director, will also be presenting some comparable singers of whom sound recordings have survived in order to give you an idea of what was special about the singing and voice of one of the most important Wagner singer of the 19th century.


27th August • 2d interval
Intermezzo »Meistersinger«
••• Balkon Festspielhaus

On this performance day, we shall be inviting you to spend the second interval in the company of members on the balcony on the West side of the Festspielhaus. A contribution of 20 euros will be charged to defray the costs of drinks. Since space is limited there, we would ask you to sign up in good time.


28th August • 11 a. m.
Tristan-Brunch
••• Ring Lounge

With a tristan-Brunch you will have an opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get to know other members over a relaxed late breakfast in the Ring Lounge. At the same time, we should like to join you in a look behind the scenes of the Festspielhaus where possible. It will be a surprise to see what doors we can walk though and what corridors we can explore. A contribution of 40 euros per person will be charged to defray the costs of the brunch. We would advise you to sign up in good time, because numbers are limited.