The famous Wagnerian Opera Festival in Bayreuth (Germany), which was to be held from July 25, has been canceled due to the pandemic of new coronavirus, its organizers announced on Tuesday.
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The organizers "regret having to cancel the 2020 edition due to the epidemic," they announced on the Festival website. The current containment rules made it particularly difficult to organize rehearsals which were to start in the coming days.
In particular, the famous cycle of The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner was to be performed. The tickets purchased for this 2020 edition will be valid next summer, assured the organizers.
The epidemic of new coronavirus has already led to the cancellation of many cultural meetings. Other events planned for next summer, including music or theater festivals (Avignon, in particular), are still at this stage supposed to hold.
The composer, author and conductor Richard Wagner founded the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Bayreuth is one of the main opera events in the world.