Sky Arts to Show Der Ring des Nibelungen from the Bayreuth Festspielhaus – UK SCHEDULE


Sky Arts will show Der Ring des Nibelungen live for the first time from the Bayreuth Festspielhaus this summer and Parsifal to cinemas in Germany, Austria and Switzerand

downloadWagnerians in Europe can look forward to – for the first time in television history – the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner live and exclusive from the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on Sky Arts HD in Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy. It starts with Das Rheingold, followed by Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. In addition to the live broadcast of the operas, there will be an extensive program, which will be moderated by music journalist and Wagner biographer Axel Brüggemann.

Elke Walthelm speaking on behalf of Sky Germany says “We are looking forward to the cooperation with the Bayreuth Festival and Katharina Wagner. It is the first time that Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen will be broadcast live and exclusive pan-European on a transmitter. The close cooperation within the Sky group, means we can present Sky customers throughout Europe this masterpiece.”

Katharina Wagner says “I look forward to working with Sky and find the commitment of Sky great. So many people come to enjoy the performances and it is in the spirit of Richard Wagner, to reach the largest possible number of interested art lovers. A great and meritorious project with the best possible technical standards.”

The Bayreuth Festival was founded by Richard Wagner, composer, poet, conductor in 1876. Richard Wagner saw it as the opportunity to perform his work according to his artistic intentions. The Bayreuth Festival is amongst the most important cultural festivals in Germany. The management of the Festival is still in the hands of a member of the Wagner family and since September 2015, Katharina Wagner, great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner, is the sole director of the festival.

Although available in the UK, Ireland and Italy for some time, the channel Sky Arts HD will start on 21 July at 21.00 in Germany and Austria exclusive to Sky and is the new 24/7 address for art and culture for subscribers in those new countries and will also be available on Sky Go and Sky On Demand.

You can watch Der Ring des Nibelungen live from the Bayreuth Festival on the following dates:

26.7.2016 at 17:30: Das Rheingold

27.7.2016 from 16:45: Die Walküre

29.7.2016 from 16:45: Siegfried

31.7.2016 from 16:45: Götterdämmerung

This summer’s new production of Parsifal from Uwe Eric Laufenberg can be see on 25th July 2016 broadcast live from the Bayreuth Festspielhaus to numerous theatres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (only at present). A thrilling listening experience is promised with brilliant images in HD quality and it will also be introduced by Axel Brüggemann and there will be interviews and a unique look behind the scenes of the Bayreuth Festival. 

PLEASE NOTE: UK broadcast times
Saturday 30 July – Bayreuth Festival
8pm Wagner Documentary
9pm Das Rheingold
11.30pm Die Walküre
Sunday 31 July – Bayreuth Festival Complete Ring Cycle 
4.30am Das Rheingold
7.00am Die Walküre
11.00am Siegfried
3.45pm Götterdämmerung LIVE

For further information about the project Wagner at the cinema please click HERE.

For more about the 2016 Bayreuth Festival including the associated masterclass with Siegfried Jerusalem SEE HERE

For a short preview of this year’s Festival READ THIS



  1. Mary Kavanagh says:

    Will a recording of this be on sale soon. Watched it all weekend a beautiful production worth seeing again.

    • Jim Pritchard says:

      Thank you for taking the trouble to contact Seen and Heard. I hope you have read my 2014 reviews of this ‘Ring’ on this site. I suspect there will be a DVD eventually but DG are currently releasing ‘Tristan’ with ‘Parsifal’ (that I will review in mid-August) to follow.

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