Coming up next week at Theatre Royal Norwich – Theater Freiburg: WagnerFest 23 – 28 July 2014

For opera fans, coming to Theatre Royal Norwich next week is an extravaganza of Wagner. You can book here 

The operas of Richard Wagner represent one of the greatest artistic achievements in the history of European culture.  Their scale dwarfs that of most of the operatic repertoire. The physical size of the casts and orchestra, their musical range and dynamic vision produce performances of great and enduring power.  Wagner’s constant reworking of European myth, symbolism and folklore, his profound exploration of human spirituality, desire and emotion and, above all, his singular musical genius are all displayed in abundance in both of these monumental operas.

We are delighted to welcome the opera company and orchestra of Theater Freiburg, one of Germany’s most acclaimed regional companies, to perform these masterpieces.  They have established an enviable reputation for quality and excellence across Europe as leading interpreters of Wagner’s work.

PARSIFAL (Wed 23 & Fri 25, both at 5pm)
TANNHÄUSER (Sun 27 at 3pm, Mon 28 at 5pm)

Both operas sung in German with English surtitles visible from all seats
All images from the 2013 Theater Freiburg production of Parsifal.  Tannhäuser premieres in Freiburg Spring 2014

Parsifal running time: around 5 hrs, incl two intervals – 1st interval 45 mins, 2nd interval 25 mins
Tannhäuser running time: around 4 hrs 15 mins, incl two intervals – both of 30 mins

“Five hours of performance flew past in boundless joy, ending in a unanimous 15 minute ovation” , Badische Zeitung

“The conductor and orchestra conjure up the most marvellous Wagner sound”,