The year 2017 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the director and stage designer Wieland Wagner, a grandson of Richard Wagner. This publication, a comprehensive visual and textual documentation of his artistic work, commemorates this anniversary.
A significant epoch, referred to as the “new Bayreuth,” began after the postwar resumption of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951. It was fundamentally shaped by Wieland Wagner. With his revolutionary Wagner productions, and above all his visionary pictorial compositions, he created a new style from the spirit of ancient Greek tragedy that was met with international attention. Wagner’s new interpretations of Aida and Othello, Elektra and Salome, Lulu and Wozzeck, as well as Carmen and Antigonae, revolutionized music theater far beyond Bayreuth. This volume brings back to life the impact Wieland Wagner made with the impressive visualizations of his bold productions.