Eight questions for...

Ralf Lukas, opera singer

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Bayreuth, what should I definitely not miss?

A concert or an opera performance in the more than 260-year-old Opera House Bayreuth.

What do you particularly like here?

The lavishly adorned auditorium, made completely of wood, in the Baroque theater boxes. That such a grand opera house could be built in a small town like Bayreuth , still impresses me today.

Do you have an insider tip?

The very special performances at the Margravial Opera House. The Argenore Opera, for example, composed by the Margravine Wilhelmine von Brandenburg-Bayreuth. The Margravial Opera House was built in the 18th century to mark the occasion of the marriage of her daughter to the Duke of Württemberg. During a performance of the Argenore Opera in 2010, a grand, five-course meal was served. It was a very unique experience.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

Stepping in to a completely different time and another, unexpected space in just a few steps.

How do I best get to know this site?

Visitors should bring lots of time for this place, sit themselves in the auditorium and let the view sweep over them. Only then can you truly grasp the space of the opera house and its effect.

What else should I see here?

The other projects of the Margravine Wilhelmine von Brandenburg-Bayreuth, including the Eremitage Park before Bayreuth's city gates. The historic 18th-century park with its pavilions, fountains and water features is, like the Margravial Opera House, a Baroque masterpiece.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

The hearty cuisine of the region, like the Frankish Schäufele: roast pork served with cabbage and dumplings.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

The Great Wall of China

Ralf Lukas

comes from Bayreuth. The opera singer trained at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

He was a bass-baritone at the German Opera Berlin Ensemble. His singing career has led him to France, Italy, Austria, Spain and Brazil. From 2006 until 2012 Lukas was a regular performer on the opera stage at the Bayreuther Festspiele.