Bayreuth Festival puts Wagner online

The Bayreuth music festival, Wagner fans' cult annual event, will for the first time allow web-users to watch an opera live online. 10,000 virtual tickets, each worth 49 euros, are on sale for one showing of "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg".


The Bayreuth Festival, the prestigious annual event dedicated to the music of Richard Wagner, is to go online, organisers said Tuesday -- but you will have to pay and tickets are limited.

And there will only be one performance available on the Internet, that of "Die Meistersinger of Nuernberg" (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), and the 10,000 tickets available cost 49 euros (78 dollars), spokesman Alexander Busche said.

Aficionados of the annual 100-year-old festival in southern Germany sometimes have to wait up to 10 years to get a ticket for the real thing, forking out up to 208 euros for the privilege. There are just 2,000 seats inside the theatre.

This year's event, the last with Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang as director after 57 years, will also have one other novelty: a large screen outside screen with space for 15,000 people to watch -- and for free.

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