For the first time ever, Wagner's Ring Cycle will be broadcast live from the world renowned Bayreuth Festival in Germany. Sky Arts has been given exclusive access to Wagner's prestigious theatre, and will broadcast productions of the four-part operatic masterpiece: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.
More than 21 million viewers will be able to watch the Sky Arts broadcast in Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK.
Viewers in the UK and Ireland can watch the complete Ring Cycle over two consecutive nights, culminating in a live transmission of Götterdämmerung on Sunday July 31st. If you want to make a day of it, you can watch the whole Cycle back-to-back from Sunday morning to the live performance that evening.
Amiable polymath Stephen Fry will be on hand to interview the cast and tour the Bayreuth Festspielhaus conceived and built by Wagner in 1876 specifically to showcase his works. Other experts will be on hand to put the Ring Cycle in context.
"The Ring Cycle is Wagner's epic masterpiece and is sheer operatic indulgence at its best," said Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts UK. "It is a true honour to be able to broadcast its entirety from the prestigious Bayreuth Festival for the first time in its history. This accomplishment demonstrates the power of close collaboration with our European colleagues and Sky Arts' unique ability to share great masterpieces with our customers everywhere."