BERLIN (AP) _ Danish film director Lars von Trier will stage Richard Wagner's four ``Ring'' operas at the world-renowned Bayreuth festival in 2006, the festival announced.

Von Trier agreed to direct the operas after discussions with festival director Wolfgang Wagner and Christian Thielemann, already named to conduct the ``Ring'' cycle that year at the annual event in the Bavarian town.

The director attended performances of the operas at this summer's festival and has ``a particular affinity and artistic relation with this work,'' Wagner said Wednesday.

Von Trier's films include ``Breaking the Waves'' and ``Dancer in the Dark.''