On this day: The premiere of Wagner’s Parsifal in 1882

 Bayreuth Festspielhaus, as seen in 1882

Bayreuth Festspielhaus photographed in 1882.

Richard Wagner’s last completed opera Parsifal had its premiere in Bayreuth, Germany on the 26th of July 1882.

Poster for the premiere production of Parsifal - 1882360px-Parsifal-affisch

Advertising for the first performances.

A tradition has arisen that the audience does not applaud after the first act, in order to maintain the mood of the story.

In an attempt to preserve the integrity of the production Wagner only allowed the opera to be performed at the Bayreuth Festival. However this began to change after his death the following year. By 1884 some theatres in other countries were staging the opera.