Bayreuth opera fest opens with Swedish royals, Merkel

King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, right, and Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer arrive for the opening of the opera festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The Richard Wagner Festival will be opened with the opera "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg". (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
German chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer arrive for the opening of the Bayreuth Opera Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
German chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer arrive for the opening of the Bayreuth Opera Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
German chancellor Angela Merkelsecond right, and her husband Joachim Sauer, second left, arrive for the opening of the Bayreuth Opera Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, left, and the wife of Bavarian governor Karin Seehofer, right, arrive for the opening of the opera festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The Richard Wagner Festival will be opened with the opera "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg". (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer arrive for the opening of the opera festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The Richard Wagner Festival will be opened with the opera "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg". (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — The annual Bayreuth opera festival is underway in Germany, with Sweden's king and queen joining Chancellor Angela Merkel for a performance of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg."

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and the German-born Queen Silvia were among the guests posing on the red carpet under umbrellas as they arrived in Bayreuth, the Bavarian town where the festival devoted to Wagner's works takes place.

Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, are regular attendees at the annual celebration of Wagner's work.

This year's festival, which runs until Aug. 28, opened Tuesday with a new production of "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" by Barrie Kosky.

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