Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre


In contrast to most books on Richard Wagner, this biography focuses primarily on Wagner as an important figure in the development of the theatre. While his contribution to music history has been exhaustively documented and analyzed, his theatrical ventures, in particular the founding of the Bayreuth Festival, have not been the object of much research by English-speaking theatre historians. Nevertheless, the Festival was a crucial event in the development of the European theatre as it established the paradigm for all modern theatre and music festivals, while the Festival Theatre itself has provided the most widely imitated architectural configuration in 20th-century theatre building.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1994


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