Historically informed performances of musical works have been a staple of concert life for several decades. However, nobody has tackled so far the recreation of historical stagings of operas. The conference “Wagner – historisch informiert!” at the Institute for Music Theatre Studies in Bayreuth / Germany will focus on the realities and practicalities of staging Wagner’s “Ring” cycle. Barbara Eichner will contribute a paper which discusses how the images of Wagner’s time have been overlaid by modern pop culture, e.g. epic fantasy movies and series such as “The Lord of the Rings” or “Game of Thrones”, making it difficult for modern audiences to perceive a recreation of Wagner’s original performance as “realistic” or “authentic”.