A-Z of Wagner: B is for Bayreuth

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Statue of Richard Wagner, Volksfestplatz, Bayreuth

From The Guardian: The next letter of our fortnightly alphabetical tour of the world and work of Richard Wagner is B, for Bayreuth and Brünnhilde.

B is for Bayreuth, the capital of Upper Franconia in southern Germany, but more to the point the capital of Wagneria – it styles itself "Wagnerstadt" on local signs. It is a pleasant, quiet, conservative town that would be as obscure as Leamington Spa were it not for the fact that in the 1870s Richard Wagner decided to build an opera house there.

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