Associated Press
Guests arrive for opening of the Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Friday, July 25, 2014. The annual Richard-Wagner opera festival is one of the most important cultural a events in Germany. Bayreuth’s annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhaeuser” kicked off.German news agency dpa, citing its reporters at the performance, reported that the audience was asked to leave the auditorium after about 20 minutes for safety reasons. (AP Photo/dpa,Tobias Hase)

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