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The Bayreuth Edition DVD Set

Since its inception, Bayreuth has become the byword for innovative and daring productions. The six operas featured on this release are certainly no exception; showcasing the original sets, creative productions and outstanding singing that the opera house is famous for, they cement Bayreuth’s worldwide reputation for nurturing raw talent, constantly striving for innovation. Jan Philipp Gloger’s controversial production of Der fliegende Holländer is conducted by Christian Thielemann, ‘Germany’s most sought-after conductor’ (Daily Telegraph), while Axel Kober takes the helm in Sebastian Baumgarten’s thought-provoking production of Tannhäuser, which casts the opera as one giant experiment. Die Walküre stars Johan Botha and Edith Haller, both praised in the German press for their standout performances. The radical Tristan und Isolde sees Christoph Marthaler setting the romantic opera in a Communist-era reception room, unencumbered by the traditional lakes and forests, instead more like a psychodrama of the 1950s. Concluding the six operas is Katharina Wagner’s debut production: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the first ever live recording from the Festival, praised by Opera Canada for its ‘stunning theatrical spectacle’. Richard Wagner’s operas find their home at Bayreuth, and these six very different but equally compelling performances capture the spirit of the German composer perfectly. Filmed in High Definition and with true surround sound.

Composer: Richard Wagner

Tristan und Isolde (2009)
Tristan: Robert Dean Smith
Isolde: Iréne Theorin
König Marke: Robert Holl
Kurwenal: Jukka Rasilainen
Melot: Ralf Lukas
Brangäne: Michelle Breedt 
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Peter Schneider
Director: Christoph Marthaler

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2008)
Hans Sachs: Franz Hawlata
Veit Pogner: Artur Korn 
Sixtus Beckmesser: Michael Volle
Walther Von Stolzing: Klaus Florian Vogt 
David: Norbert Ernst 
Eva: Michaela Kaune 
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
Director: Katharina Wagner

Die Walküre (2010)
Brünnhilde: Linda Watson 
Wotan: Albert Dohmen 
Sieglinde: Edith Haller 
Siegmund: Johan Botha 
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Tankred Dorst

Lohengrin (2011)
König Heinrich: Georg Zeppenfeld 
Lohengrin: Klaus Florian Vogt 
Elsa: Annette Dasch 
Telramund: Jukka Rasilainen
Ortrud: Petra Lang 
Der Heerrufer des Königs: Samuel Youn 
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Director: Hans Neuenfels

Der fliegende Holländer (2013)
Der Holländer: Samuel Youn 
Der Steuermann: Benjamin Bruns 
Mary: Christa Mayer 
Erik: Tomislav Muzek 
Senta: Ricarda Merbeth 
Daland: Franz-Josef Selig 
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Jan Philipp Gloger

Tannhäuser (2014)
Tannhäuser: Torsten Kerl 
Landgraf Hermann: Kwangchul Youn 
Wolfram von Eschenbach: Markus Eiche 
Walther von der Vogelweide: Lothar Odinius 
Biterolf: Thomas Jesatko 
Heinrich der Schreiber: Stefan Heibach 
Reinmar von Zweter: Rainer Zaun 
Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen: Camilla Nylund 
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Axel Kober
Director: Sebastian Baumgarten

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS Surround
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 All regions
Running time: 1458+81mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE (+ ES Lohengrin, Tristan, Meistersinger, Walküre) (+KO Holländer, Tannhäuser )