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Richard Wagner led one of the romantic period's most controversial, exciting and bizarre lives - find out more about him with our facts gallery!
Such was the reputation of and adoration for Wagner's operatic masterpieces, they needed their very own dedicated theatre to accommodate them. The Bayreuth Festspielhaus is still used to this day for the Bayreuth Festival, which celebrates Wagner's music. Among other quirky features, it has a recessed orchestral pit which makes the musicians invisible to the audience - apparently so that viewers are not distracted from the drama on stage.
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