Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bayreuther Festspiele? Jawohl!

I'm in shock. This dry-looking letter confirms I can claim tickets for the 2013 Bayreuth Festival, for performances of Lonhengrin, Tannhäuser, Holländer & The Ring. The performance of Siegfried is on my birthday. I've entered the ticket lottery every year since the last time I went in 2003, but I never expected to hit the jackpot in 2013, the Wagner Bicentennial, of all years. It's impossible. I can't believe it.

Besides the confirmation letter, the envelope contained a seating chart & a postcard to send in to reserve accommodations. The next step is to pay for the tickets by bank transfer, but I'm not yet able to think straight.

7 comments:

Lisa Hirsch said...

Oh, what great news!

I decided not to apply for tickets through the Wagner Society for 2013.

Axel Feldheim said...

I'm still in a state of disbelief. I expected to wake up this morning to the realization that it was some perverse dream.

I always apply for tickets directly through the festival box office. I got so used to getting the "due to unprecedented demand ..." letter in January that it never occurred to me I might actually get tickets this time around. I had contemplated joining the Wagner Society specifically for 2013, but then the allotment fiasco happened. Turns out I do just fine on my own!

Michael Strickland said...
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Michael Strickland said...

You are a Scary German after all. Congratulations.

Axel Feldheim said...

I am scared myself! This should not be happening!

David Lasson said...

Well, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy--or a crazier German. Do you need someone to carry your bags?
~dlasson@cal.berkeley.edu

Axel Feldheim said...

Applications for luggage carrier can only be accepted in writing at this time. If you have applied in the past, you will automatically receive the order form by post. The completed form should be returned to our office by 1 March 2013. If you have not received an invoice by 1 April 2013, then your application has been unsuccessful. No further communication will be sent.