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People who love opera on a grand scale have been drawn to the Bayreuth Festival (July 25–August 28, 2011) for well over a century now. The Bayreuth Festival Theater was built especially to put on world-class performances of Wagner’s works in accordance with the composer’s vision. An example of Wagner’s perfectionism can be seen in the covered orchestra pit, a unique architectural feature of the theater. The Siemens Festival Night also reflected these high visual and acoustical standards in 2011.
The visual effects were shown to their best advantage on the huge LED screen, which had an illuminated surface double the size of last year’s and is one of the brightest video display panels for open-air events available. The mixing of colors in the individual LEDs ensures highly accurate and natural reproduction. An absolute musical delight was also guaranteed by the stereophonic image specially attuned to the acoustic requirements of the Festplatz with a digital sound system of a total of 86 staggered active loudspeakers and a total power of 273,000 watts.
Young and old were gripped by the festival mood at the 4th Siemens Festival Night in Bayreuth. In the course of the day, tens of thousands of viewers from Bayreuth and the surrounding area as well as guests from home and abroad enjoyed the all-day program at the Bayreuth Festplatz. The stream of visitors was initially even bigger than last year. At peak times, up to 1,000 were counted arriving at the Festplatz every ten minutes.
In addition to the public viewing of the “Ring” for children and of “Lohengrin”, the Festplatz featured numerous attractions for the young Wagner enthusiasts and a diverse and family-friendly selection of food and drink. Professor Michael Roßnagl, director of Siemens’ art program, acknowledged the project’s success: “Its even greater popularity among young families with children and the active participation in the Wagner experience are particular evidence that the concept of this Festival Night was accepted came off perfectly.”
You can get an impression of this year’s event from our video.
All the world’s a stage: The live online broadcast comes close to this visionary idea of Richard Wagner, who dreamed of a “festival for the masses.” The worldwide, high-definition webstream was available to anyone with a broadband Internet connection. Opera lovers could view an on-demand broadcast from August 15 to 30.
The technically optimized online broadcast was offered worldwide in three levels of resolution, and included German subtitles as well as an exclusive report produced especially for the webstream on the new staging of “Lohengrin”. Where artistic and technological excellence sing in unison.
You could also enjoy a public viewing in Salzburg. The Siemens Festival Nights in Salzburg’s historic town center celebrated their tenth anniversary this summer. From July 24 to August 15, 2011, viewers were once again be able to enjoy highlights from the festival on the big screen – from historic productions to major premieres from the current season.