Abu Dhabi Classics Hosts the Bayreuth Festival’s International Opera Debut of the Valkyrie in Abu Dhabi

  • Presenting The Valkyrie, under the artistic direction of Katharina Wagner, great granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner
  • Tickets will go on sale Tuesday 31 July at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE

Abu Dhabi, Tuesday 31 July, 2018: Abu Dhabi Classics, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is honoured to announce that it will host the Bayreuth Festival’s international opera debut of Richard Wagner’s The Valkyrie under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday 30 January 2019 and Friday 1 February 2019 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

The Bayreuth Festival is renowned for its outstanding performances of the 19th-Century German composer Richard Wagner’s operas, performed in a special theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, designed by Wagner himself, so that he could produce his own works. The Bayreuth Festival’s acclaimed productions receive over 500,000 ticket requests each year with only 60,000 tickets available and a waiting list of up to 9 or 10 years. As a result, Bayreuth Festival fans can eagerly anticipate the opportunity to purchase tickets for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this spectacular production in the UAE’s capital, performed for the first time ever outside of Germany.

As the unmissable highlight of the Abu Dhabi Classics new season, concert-goers will experience the full musical drama of The Valkyrie, under the artistic direction of Katharina Wagner, great granddaughter of the renowned composer. The production will also include a feature length film under the artistic direction of Katharina, which will be played in the background, telling the story of The Valkyrie and revisiting the main locations that inspired Richard Wagner’s work. Renowned for their spectacular productions and standing ovations, The Bayreuth Festival’s unique production of The Valkyrie will be breathtaking.

His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: We have been working with Katharina Wagner for many years to bring this project to fruition and it is truly unique. The Bayreuth Festival is coming to Abu Dhabi with a production reflecting its outstanding artistic quality and innovative vision which at the same time proves that Abu Dhabi is a platform for world-class cultural offerings.”

The Valkyrie is one of the greatest operatic works ever composed, a defining statement unveiling all of Wagner’s ability to merge music, theatre and mythology. It will be an unmissable experience for all classical music enthusiasts.

Known as one of the world’s most influential composers, Richard Wagner’s great works include Der fliegende Holländer; The Ring of the Nibelung; Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal. His compositions are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration.

Tickets will go on sale today, Tuesday 31 July through www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE.

More Abu Dhabi Classics concerts will be announced soon. For further information on previously announced concerts including the Camerata Salzburg Orchestra with violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon and the world’s foremost harpist Xavier de Maistre, please visit www.abudhabimusic.ae and www.dctabudhabi.ae. Abu Dhabi Classics is organised by DCT Abu Dhabi and produced by Flash Entertainment, the region’s premier live events company.

ABOUT Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival is renowned for its performances of the 19th-Century German composer Richard Wagner’s operas. Conceived by Wagner himself, the operas take place annually in a specially designed theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.



The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The organisation manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.


Now in its eighth season, Abu Dhabi Classics have previously hosted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and one of the finest violinist in the world Gidon Kremer, along with award-winning pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, last season also saw sell-out performances from the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho. The unforgettable season finale included the Le Corsaire Ballet with Bolshoi Soloists, Ivan Vasiliev and Maria Vinogradova, and a special appearance from Alia Al Neyadi, the first Emirati Ballerina.

A highlight in the UAE’s cultural calendar, Abu Dhabi Classics concert goers can expect a rich and diverse programme including orchestras from Europe, world renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed soloists. One of a kind ballet and classic operas will also be performed across the Emirate in a range of eclectic venues.


Based in Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment (#ThinkFLASH) is the region’s premier live events company, with a proven track record in delivering world-class events from movie premieres and classical shows to international sports events and megastar music concerts. FLASH offers comprehensive event management solutions from concepts and designs through to coordinating every stage of production. The company is committed to providing the region with diverse entertainment programmes, grass roots creativity and stimulating the local economy and events’ industry.

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