For such a small city, Bayreuth has not one but two excellent concert houses. The baroque Margravial Opera House is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and its interior design is mighty impressive.
No other composer is as connected to Bayreuth as Richard Wagner, persona extravaganza and possibly a genius madman. Very controversial for his political views and for being a chronic overspender and megalomaniac, he nonetheless blessed Bayreuth with a unique concert house, built only to give home to his operas each summer.
While the Margravial Opera House is opulent in typical baroque style, Wagner’s Festspielhaus is built in the style of bigger, higher, better. The large hall houses approximately two thousand spectators and has tall columns on the sides and a large stage. Another special feature is the completely hidden orchestra pit with an unintended but unique sound distribution system.
May 20th, 2018