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First public Bayreuth viewing a success

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First public Bayreuth viewing a success
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More than 15,000 people showed up for a successful first-ever public viewing of a Bayreuth Festival opera, “The Master Singers of Nuremburg,” on Sunday evening.

The guests enjoyed the balmy weather and were served refreshments by local vendors as they viewed the live opera on the 10-metre screen.

The public viewing initiative of the prestigious annual Wagner opera festival came from the composer's great granddaughter, Katharina Wagner, who also directed the “The Master Singers of Nuremburg” this year.

Wagner's move to make the festival more accessible also included a live internet broadcast for €49.

The public viewing was certainly not as glamorous as Friday's festival opening when Germany's political and social elite arrived in Bayreuth on Friday evening for the gala - the last under the direction of the composer's 88-year-old grandson, Wolfgang Wagner.

The glitzy first night of the summer Wagner spectacular was attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Bavarian state premier Günther Beckstein, conservative Christian Social Union party leader Erwin Huber and head of the opposition Free Democratic party, Guido Westerwelle.

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