Ottawa, Canada (10:57) I used some background knowledge to issue the following query to AltaVista: wagner ring nibelungen +bayreuth gotterdammerung siegfried walkure domain:de Based on the results, I append the query with: +festspiele -gymnasium These results are too much about the music and notably about recordings from previous festival performances. Decide to issue a whole new query to Alta Vista (11:05): bayreuth festspiele karten Link 5 gives a page on domain www.festspiele.de (11:08) go to their homepage, link http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/tickets/index.html gives overview of the program. Das Rheingold: check. Die Walküre: check. Siegfried: check. Die Gotterdammerung: check. The whole ring's there. Order on the following address: BAYREUTHER FESTSPIELE, Kartenbüro, Postfach 100262, D-95402 Bayreuth, tel. 0921/78780. (11:15): case closed.
Place: Dublin, Ireland Date: June 11th 1998 Time: 3:00pm (local time) Started search using Fusion Query: Ring Cycle performance bayreuth germany summer 1998 Clicked on #10 "World Music Calendar" http://www.digitaldiscounts.com/music.html Richard Wagner Festival July 25 - August 28, 1998. James Levine conducts the four operas of "The Ring Cycle": "Das Rheingold," "Die Walküre," "Siegfried" and "Die Götterdämmerung,". Tickets: $11 to $175. Box office: Bayreuther Festspiele, Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth, Germany. For tickets and other information call 2-02-21 in Bayreuth or write: Wagner Festspiele, Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth, Germany.
Place: Aberdeen, Scotland Date: 12. June 1998 Time: 2:30PM (local time) searched through yahoo for ring cycle and bayreuth, germany clicked on bayreuth online for information however this is in german. gave up
Iowa City, Iowa, USA 8 hours for 10 queries over 2 afternoons o Submit Altavista the query: +Ring +Cycle +Bayreuth +Germany o The first link (http://www.the-european.com/Cities/Germany/GermanyCities/Bayreuth/Bayreuth.html) explains that Wagner build here an opera house to stage his vast four opera Ring cycle. o Go back to the Altavista search results, add the term "+opera" and search again. o Link 4 points to the world music calendar (http://www.digitaldiscounts.com/music.html). o Find Bayreuth in the page. This page has all the information required. The festival would take place between July 25th and August 28th, 1998. The address and phone of the box office, as well as the price of the tickets, are there.
Tokyo, Japan June 12nd, 1998 Local time By default, search on Altavista 1:45 pm Query : bayreuth germany order ticket "ring cycle" clicked on 1: 1. Information for visitors to Bayreuth in Germany, home of Wagner [URL:www.the-european.com/Cities/Germany/GermanyCities/Bayreuth/B] Music & Nightlife Result : Tickets for the annual Wagner Festival, held from late July to the end of August, are sold out years in advance, but ask the Festspielhaus box office for returns (Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth; tel: +49 921 20221, Mon-Fri 11-12am).
Using a custom front-end tool AltaGCL Waterloo, 15 June 17:15 altagcl "Ring Cycle" and "Bayreuth" and "ticket*" ... learned a lot about Ring Circle but no sure answer ... too many tours altagcl "Ring Cycle" and "Bayreuth" and "tickets" ... much reading ... Bingo! http://www.digitaldiscounts.com/music.html Total time: 10 minutes
Waterloo, Canada Using a custom front-end tool AltaGCL June 16, 00:35am query: "ring cycle" and "bayreuth" and "tickets" This query gives lots of general information about Wagner's work and the history of the Bayreuth version but wasn't specific enough query: "ring cycle" and "bayreuth" and "reservations" URL : http://www.digitaldiscounts.com/music.html Bayreuth, Germany Richard Wagner Festival July 25 - August 28, 1998. [...] Tickets: $11 to $175. Box office: Bayreuther Festspiele, Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth, Germany. For ticket and other information call 2-02-21 in Bayreuth or write: Wagner Festspiele, Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth, Germany. time: 5 minutes
Using Fusion2 - a metasearch engine with marking of relevant documents and query expansion. Place: Dublin - home internet connection Date: 14 June, evening initial search for "ring cycle" bayreuth 40 URLs retrieved in first search Initial URL examined at rank=6 "Rotatact Club Bayreuth - 1880" - text in German - no useful info Next URL at rank = 8 "MET Opera News" - gives details of Metropolitan Opera casting for 1997 ... now I know ring cycle is an opera ! Examine URL titles to rank 25 and then load "Bayreuth: A History of the Wagner Festival" to find it is an AMAZON.COM book ! - mark this as relevant nonetheless Scroll to rank position 32 - home page for University of Bayreuth but it is all-German Return to URL at rank = 29 "City Information, accommodation, bookings ..." which is www.driveeurope.com page on the city with but no specific info on the festival or useful-looking links Click "expand search" button to get list of candidate search terms and with 3 URLs marked as relevant and from the list of candidate search terms offered I add "opera wagner music performance" and manually add the term "ticket" Re-submit search ... 24 URLs retrieved Click on URL at rank=3 www.operaworld.com/operas/ringcy.htm but this lists recordings of the opera, not performances Click on URL at rank=2 "World Music Calendar - Traveler's Guide to the World's ..." This is a huge text page so I do a "Find" for Bayreuth and BINGO. Festival is on July25-Aug 28, tickets are $11 tp $175 and there is an address and telephone number for the box office. Total time taken for search: 11 minutes.
At a university in Glasgow, Scotland search ring cycle performance with yahoo, found: http://www.the-european.com/Cities/Germany/GermanyCities/Bayreuth/music.html with info on where to book for the Wagner Festival: Tickets for the annual Wagner Festival, held from late July to the end of August, are sold out years in advance, but ask the Festspielhaus box office for returns (Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth; tel: +49 921 20221, Mon-Fri 11-12am). We extracted two more queries: "Wagner Festival" and "Festspielhau" search Wagner Festival found program in German (!) in http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/index.html, our German expert recognised the Ring Cycle: Montag, 27. Juli: Rheingold I Dienstag, 28. Juli: Walküre I Donnerstag, 30. Juli: Siegfried I Samstag, 1. August: Götterdämmerung I Donnerstag, 6. August: Rheingold II Freitag, 7. August: Walküre II Sonntag, 9. August: Siegfried II Dienstag, 11. August: Göttderdämmerung II Samstag, 22. August: Rheingold III Sonntag, 23. August: Walküre III Dienstag, 25. August: Sigefreid III Donnerstag, 27. August: Götterdämmerung III Freitag, 28. August: Meistersinger VI Now how are we going to book? One of us knew it was veru difficult to find tickets and people had to wait years .... search Festspielhaus with Yahoo found http://operabase.com/level1/wdba.html with link to performances and under Bayreuth link to: http://operabase.com/mkhouse.cgi?id=none&lang=en&house=wdba&list=f where we found the address and modalities for booking Answer: The Ring Cycle is going to be performed at Bayreuth, Germany, this summer and the details for bookings are as follow: Address: Bayreuth Festspielhaus, D8580 Bayreuth, GERMANY Administration: Bayreuther Festspiele Postfach 100262 D95402 Bayreuth Phone: +49 (921) 78 78 0 Season runs: Jul-Aug Capacity: 1925 seats BOOKING: PERSONAL CALLERS, POSTAL, PHONE Address: As Above Phone: +49 921 202 21 Credit cards: None Disabled access: Wheelchair space (2)
Australia Using a query re-formulation tool, the Hyperindex Browser (HiB) HiB + AltaVista o entered "bayreuth" as query and received numerous possible query refinements o selected "bayreuth festival" which produced the refinement "bayreuth opera festival" which seemed very relevant (I have the general knowledge that the Ring Cycle is a series of Wagnerian operas) o beamed down using the refinement "bayreuth opera festival" The fifth document titled "Festivals" had "Wagner" in the associated abstract - so followed the link to the actual document http://www4.worldmedia.fr/festivals/eng/data/0138.html The title of this document is "Bayreuth Festival : Richard Wagner" and seems to have the answer: yes the Ring Cycle will be played but a document linked to it says (in German) that its sold out (as usual)
Place : Nacsis. Tokyo Japan Date : June 18, 1998 Time : 4:30PM (Japan Time) Started search on Netscape Navigator Query :"Bayreuth Germany" Clicked on #10 "Bayreuth travel & Turist Clicked "Bayreuth online" But I can't read German. Back Clicked "Byerischer Hof" Clicked "Festival" Clicked "Program" Clicked "How to get tickets" Finish Time : 5:00PM
At a university in Toronto, Canada Metacrawler query: Ring Cycle Bayreuth Schedule Nothing appears to be appropriate. Altavista query: "Ring Cycle" and "Bayreuth" Clicking on #2: 2. Accomodations, hotels, bargain trips, Germany,..." (www.driveeurope.com/dejava/a6_60.htm) Bayreuth ... The Richard Wagner Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) was built between 1872 and 1876 on the hill northeast of the town, now called Festspielhgel (Festival Hill). King Ludwig II, the "Mad King" of Bavaria and an ardent admirer of Wagner, supported his work, and the Festspielhaus was opened with four operas of the performances of Ring Cycle. The Festival Theatre and the ornate Opera House are open to visitors when no performance or rehearsals are in progress. Altavista query: "Richard Wagner Festspielhaus" Clicking on #1: "Accomodations, hotels, bargain trips, bookings,..." (www.driveeurope.com/aa6_22.htm) Nothing new. Altavista query: "Wagner Festival Theatre" One result. Broken URL. Guessing URL www.bayreuth.de German-language site. Quickly explored site. No obvious "Festspielhaus" links. Altavista query: +Bayreuth +Festspielhaus Clicking on #1: Bayreuth Festspielhaus (operabase.com/level1/wdba.html) Site contains schedules for 1996 and 1997, and information for ordering tickets, but no schedule for 1998. "Gotterdammerung" wasn't performed in 1996. Best to phone +49 (921) 78 78 0 for the latest information.
At another university in Glasgow, Scotland Is the Ring Cycle going to be performed at Bayreuth, Germany, this summer and how do I order tickets? Entered AltaVista search: +Bayreuth ring circle After page 2 revised query: +Bayreuth, +Ring, Circle Tried 5: Information about the 1998 Bayreuth Wagner festival, from your Mining Company Opera Guide -- http://opera.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa042898.htm While waiting for Opera site... Tried 11: http://kastor.tmt.de/bayreuth-info/imnotfall/apotheken97.html but page not found, so tried http://kastor.tmt.de/bayreuth-info/ then http://kastor.tmt.de/ which worked but the English version didn't Opera site finally loaded and gave an applet error but it did load enough to follow a link to "some good sites on the Ring" - http://opera.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa042898.htm Not very helpful but at least confirms its Wagner's Ring. So back to Opera home page... Booking information from http://opera.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa042898.htm gives the phone number +49 921 20221. Browsed around and found info at http://opera.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa042898.htm (info on Hotel Bayerischer) which makes getting tickets look rather iffy - maybe the above number is only for returned tickets. The route to getting tickets appears to be " Write to the "Kartenbero der Bayreuther Festspiele, Postfach 100262, D-95402 Bayreuth" and ask for the performance schedule as well as the order form. These will be send to you in September. Order the tickets you desire and do not forget to indicate alternate dates. Watch for this date: "Beginn des Kartenvorverkaufs" (=beginning of the ticket sale). Your order must be received by the ticket office on this day at the latest. Around January/February of the following year you will usually receive a positive or a negative answer to your request. The ticket confirmations are mailed first. The following September you will automatically receive the order form. You should continue to order in any case! If you miss one you will be deleted from the computer and the whole process starts again without credit for former waiting period. " !!! SO Yes it does take place and tickets look as easy to get as Scotland tickets for the opening game of the World Cup in Paris. NB: On proof checking I noticed that the first query uses circle and not cycle - wrong but I still got there....
Elsewhere in Ottawa, Canada, using AltaVista ... ANSWER: Yes the ring cycle will be performed several times The first is July 27, 28, 30, and Aug 1 (Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth; tel: +49 921 20221, Mon-Fri 11-12am) Queries: 2 Links: 8 Time: 15 minutes ---------------------------------------------------- Query: "ring cycle" Bayreuth Germany summer 1998 tickets strategy: rare words and phrases translate "this summer" Followed: First link modified in 1998, skipping one that was from 1997 http://www.wagnersocietyny.com/wagnrlnks.html -> http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/index.html (In German) Unfamiliar with the names of the parts of the ring cycle so will use other web pages to figure it out. Here are the possibilities Schedule for the Bayreuth 1998 festspiele Samstag, 25. Juli: Holländer I Sonntag, 26. Juli: Meistersinger I Montag, 27. Juli: Rheingold I Dienstag, 28. Juli: Walküre I Mittwoch, 29. Juli: spielfrei Donnerstag, 30. Juli: Siegfried I Freitag, 31. Juli: spielfrei Samstag, 1. August: Götterdämmerung I Sonntag, 2. August: Parsifal I Montag, 3. August: Holländer II Dienstg, 4. August: Meistersinger II Mittwoch, 5. August: Parsifal II Donnerstag, 6. August: Rheingold II Freitag, 7. August: Walküre II Samstag, 8. August: geschlossene Vorstellung/Holländer Sonntag, 9. August: Siegfried II Montag, 10. August: spielfrei Dienstag, 11. August: Göttderdämmerung II Mittwoch, 12. August: Meistersinger III Donnerstag, 13. August: Holländer IV Freitag, 14. August: Parsifal III Samstag, 15. August: geschlossene Vorstellung Sonntag, 16. August:: Meistersinger IV Montag, 17. August: Parsifal IV Dienstag, 18. August: Holländer V Mittwoch, 19. August: Meistersinger V Donnerstag, 20. August: Parsifal V Freitag, 21. August: Holländer VI Samstag, 22. August: Rheingold III Sonntag, 23. August: Walküre III Montag, 24. August: spielfrei Dienstag, 25. August: Sigefreid III Mittwoch, 26. August: spielfrei Donnerstag, 27. August: Götterdämmerung III Freitag, 28. August: Meistersinger VI Back out to the page: http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/index.html follow two frame links 1997 festspiele, Gotterdammerung Gotterdammerung is also known as: Der Ring des Nibelungen -------------------------------------------------------------------- Query: "ring cycle" Wagner Gotterdammerung To verify what ring cycle means Followed: http://www.operaworld.com/operas/ringcy.htm Found: "Wagner's epic four-opera drama based on German myth is opera at its grandest. See individual operas for plot summaries: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung" No information on tickets. Backed out of all links back to the results of the first query. Scanned the top 10 hits and one said "contact numbers" Followed: http://www.the-european.com/Cities/Germany/GermanyCities/Bayreuth/music.html "Tickets for the annual Wagner Festival, held from late July to the end of August, are sold out years in advance, but ask the Festspielhaus box office for returns (Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth; tel: +49 921 20221, Mon-Fri 11-12am)."
France Metacrawler: Ring Cycle Bayreuth --> 25 results --> 5th: Reservation Info http://www.bayerischer-hof.com/Festival/reservE.htm Information concerning hotel reservations for the festival. This page also indicates that the Ring Cycle IS PERFORMED during the festival. At the top of the page is a link "Tickets", http://www.bayerischer-hof.com/Festival/ticketsE.htm This page gives detailed instructions how to order tickets by snail-mail. (5 minutes)
Saarbrucken, Germany 22 June 1998, 19:20-21:20 p.m. Metacrawler (find all words): Ring Bayreuth Karten - return a lot of pages on www.festspiele.de - I open www.festspiele.de - follow the link http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/index.htm (Festspiele 98) - follow the link http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/index.html (Karten, Preise, Tips) it contains the address for ordering tickets: BAYREUTHER FESTSPIELE Kartenbüro Postfach 100262 D-95402 Bayreuth - back up and follow the link http://www.festspiele.de/tmt/index.html (Spielplan) I'm not sure whether the performances listed constitute the "Ring Cycle" Altavista: "Ring der Nibelungen" - 7th result: http://www-eleves.int-evry.fr/~zirphile/musique/wagner.htm (Wagner) - follow the link to http://www-eleves.int-evry.fr/~zirphile/musique/nibelung.htm (Le Ring) does not contain the required info - back up to AltaVista; the first 40 results don't look promising Altavista: host:festspiele.de Ring - first 10 results don't mention 1998 Altavista: host:festspiele.de Ring 1998 - first result http://www.festspiele.de/1996/ring.html (404 file not found) - first 30 results not too promising - backup to www.festspiele.de - follow the link "1996" - follow the link "Der Ring der Nibelungen" - follow the link 'Rezension: Günter Neuholds Karlsruher "Ring"' it does not contain a listing of the elements of the Ring Cycle - I conclude that the Ring Clycle is not being performed in 1998 in its entirety since it is not explicitly mentioned on the festspiel.de pages.