• Lohengrin at the Semper Opera House in Dresden
    Lohengrin at the Semper Opera House in Dresden ©null
  • The Mastersingers of Nuremberg premiere at Leipzig Opera House
    The Mastersingers of Nuremberg premiere at Leipzig Opera House ©null
  • Twilight of the Gods
    Twilight of the Gods ©null
  • Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg
    Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg ©null
  • Die Feen (The Fairies)
    Die Feen (The Fairies) ©null
  • Parsifal premiere at Leipzig Opera House
    Parsifal premiere at Leipzig Opera House ©null
  • Rienzi premiere at Leipzig Opera House
    Rienzi premiere at Leipzig Opera House ©null
  • Die Feen (The Fairies)
    Die Feen (The Fairies) ©null
  • Performance of Tannhäuser at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach
    Performance of Tannhäuser at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach ©null
  • Thielemann conducting the Dresden State Orchestra
    Thielemann conducting the Dresden State Orchestra ©null
  • Parsifal
    Parsifal ©null

Event highlights for the Richard Wagner anniversary year in 2013

Richard Wagner is one of Germany's most famous composers and music dramatists. 2013 marks the bicentenary of his birth. To celebrate the Richard Wagner anniversary year, a whole host of events are taking place throughout Germany. A selection is listed below:

Permanent exhibition, Graupa
Exhibition at Lohengrin House

Visitors can view the 'Wagner and Dresden' exhibition
at Lohengrin House and walk through the rooms where
the composer once stayed. The exhibition also provides
information on how Wagner created the opera 'Lohengrin'.

13 March – 26 May 2013, Leipzig
'Wagnerlust und Wagnerlast' (Richard Wagner – Between Leipzig and Bayreuth)

This biographical exhibition at the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum (Museum of City History) explores Wagner's relationship with Leipzig, the city where he was born.

Starts 29 March 2013, Eisenach
Tannhäuser cycle at Wartburg Castle

Visitors will be treated to a concert version of 'Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg Castle' in the banqueting hall of the castle.

May-October 2013, Dresden
Exhibition at Dresden City Museum

The 'Richard Wagner in Dresden. Myth and History' exhibition at Dresden City Museum looks at Richard Wagner's years in Dresden.

Mid-May to November 2013, Eisenach
Wagneriana in Eisenach

The 'Wagneriana in Eisenach' exhibition at the Stadtschloss features photographs of the Bayreuth Festival and collections on Richard Wagner's life and legacy.

15 May – 15 September 2013, Leipzig
Artificer of the world: Richard Wagner, Max Klinger, Karl May

The Museum of Fine Arts presents three notable personalities from Saxony whose great works still resonate today and will continue to do so into the future.

16-26 May 2013, Leipzig
Richard Wagner Festival in Leipzig

The city of Leipzig, Richard Wagner's birthplace, is hosting many events to celebrate the anniversary year. There will be various performances of Wagner operas, special concerts, a ceremony marking Wagner's 200th birthday and the inauguration of the Wagner monument, a work by renowned sculptor Stephan Balkenhol.

16 May 2013 – 31 January 2014, Leipzig
Musical instruments for Richard Wagner

This spectacular exhibition at Europe's second-largest musical instrument museum shows how sounds were created from the 'mystic abyss' in Richard Wagner's operas.

18 May 2013, Dresden
Birthday concert at the Church of Our Lady

The Dresden State Orchestra is performing Richard Wagner's opera 'Das Liebesmahl der Apostel' ('The Feast of Pentecost') at the Church of Our Lady as part of the Dresden Music Festival.

18-22 May 2013, Leipzig
International Richard Wagner Congress

Established on 13 February 1909 in Leipzig, the International Association of the Wagner Societies brings together 24,000 members from 139 local associations today. The association is holding its conference in Leipzig for the second time.

18 May 2013 – 31 March 2014, Eisenach
Exhibition at Wartburg Castle

The exhibition '…I still owe the world a Tannhäuser – Wagner, Tannhäuser and Wartburg Castle' gives visitors an insight into Richard Wagner and his connection to Wartburg Castle.

19-25 May 2013, Leipzig
Richard Wagner – life, work and legacy

The largest ever international musicology conference on Richard Wagner is taking place at Leipzig University, where Richard Wagner himself studied. It brings together 62 speakers, who can be considered the 'Who's Who' of Wagner studies.

21 May 2013, Dresden
Birthday concert at the Semper Opera House

A special concert is being held at the Semper Opera House in honour of the great composer's birthday. The concert is being performed by the Dresden State Orchestra as part of the Dresden Music Festival.

21 May 2013, Leipzig
Opening of the Richard Wagner Museum

The new museum at the Alte Nikolaischule (Old St Nicholas School) features the permanent exhibition entitled 'The Young Richard Wagner, 1813-1834', which sheds lights on Wagner's upbringing and musical education.

25 May 2013, Dresden
Choral festival in honour of Richard Wagner

Arias and choruses from Richard Wagner's operas will be performed at Brühl Terrace in Dresden.

Starts 28 June 2013, Sondershausen
Thuringian Palace Theatre Festival in Sondershausen

To celebrate the Richard Wagner anniversary year, 'The Flying Dutchman' will be performed in the palace courtyard at the 2013 Thuringian Palace Theatre Festival.

13 July 2013, Weimar
Open-air evening concert in Weimarhallen Park

Under the banner 'Wagner for all', works by the composer will be performed by the Staatskapelle Weimar orchestra in the grounds of the Weimarhalle.

25 July 2013, Nuremberg
Live performance of the festival meadow scene

There is only one city in the world for which Richard Wagner composed an opera: Nuremberg, the setting for 'The Mastersingers of Nuremberg'. The famous scene on the festival meadow will be performed by Nuremberg State Theatre on the market square.

25 July – 28 August 2013, Bayreuth
Bayreuth Festival

Fans of Wagner's operas flock to the Franconian town of Bayreuth in Bavaria every summer for the Bayreuth Festival. This 30-day event presents a different programme of Wagner's key works each year and is held at the festival hall.

23 August – 15 September 2013, Weimar
Pèlerinages arts festival with Lohengrin project

As part of the arts festival, the 1913 silent film 'Richard Wagner' will be screened with musical accompaniment. An orchestral concert with 'Wagner paraphrases' and a performance of 'The Ring of the Nibelung' are also on the programme.

2, 3, 5 & 6 July 2013, Koblenz & Duisburg
Rheingold on the Rhine

In July 2013 the Rhineland is becoming an opera stage: 200 years after Richard Wagner was born, his famous opera ‘The Rhinegold’ and the symphonic show ‘The Wagner Experience’ are being performed on board a ship on the Rhine. The ‘theatre ship’ will be anchored for two days of performances each in Koblenz and Duisburg.

May to June 2013, Magdeburg
‘Tristan and Isolde’

To mark this year’s Richard Wagner bicentenary, the great composer’s opera ‘Tristan and Isolde’ is being performed at Magdeburg opera house.

19 May 2013, Bad Lauchstädt
Opening of the Wagner anniversary exhibition

Opening of the Wagner anniversary exhibition at the Goethe Theatre in Bad Lauchstädt (in the Kleiner Kursaal hall), featuring items on loan from the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth and Leipzig’s Museum of Musical Instruments.

20 & 21 April 2013, Dresden
Wagner’s work in the present: Richard Wagner - Bernd Franke

Concert by the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Sanderling at the Schauspielhaus in Dresden.

14 & 15 September 2013, Dresden
FILM & MUSIC: Richard Wagner (1913)

Silent film by (and starring) Giuseppe Becce with musical accompaniment from the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Helmut Imig.

28-30 June 2013, Elbe riverbanks
23rd Elbhangfest festival: ‘Mein lieber Schwan’ (My beloved swan) / Saxony Vocal Ensemble

Festival of music, fun and culture along the Saxony Wine Route, between the Loschwitz and Pillnitz districts of Dresden and out towards Graupa. Part of the Richard Wagner bicentennial festivities.

15 March - 28 May 2013, Munich
Bavarian State Library

To mark the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, the Bavarian State Library is commemorating the two years that the composer spent in Munich (1864-1865), the highlight of which was the premiere of the musical drama ‘Tristan and Isolde’ on 10 June 1865 at the Royal National Theatre.

17 May 2013 - 20 October 2013, Munich
Exhibition in the German Theatre Museum

To mark 200 years since the birth of the ‘opera revolutionary’ Richard Wagner, this exhibition in the German Theatre Museum is exploring the more than 140-year performance history of this mammoth work, whose first two parts ‘The Rhinegold’ (1869) and ‘The Valkyrie’ (1870) were given their premiere in Munich at the insistence of King Ludwig II and against the wishes of their creator. In 1878 Munich also staged the first complete performance of the Ring of the Nibelung cycle outside Bayreuth.

28 June 2013, Nuremberg
‘Wagner reloaded’ - with Tommy Yamaha, elektropastete and Cyrena Dunbar (premiere)

Do Wagner and electronic music mix? Internationally acclaimed DJ Tommy Yamaha is going back over Richard Wagner’s greatest melodies, deconstructing them note by note and putting them back together with an electronic beat. And all in a concept ‘light room’ by Nuremberg visual arts collective elektropastete.

14 April, 5 & 30 May 2013, Nuremberg
‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’

The opera ‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’ is being staged in a distinctly Shakespearean style by David Mouchtar-Samorai in the Nuremberg State Theatre’s opera auditorium.

7 & 8 July 2013, Nuremberg
La Putyka/Cirque Garuda: ‘Wagner’s Circus Show’

This is the story of Wagner’s turbulent life, a life marked by extreme highs and lows. A life like a circus, full of unexpected turns, great visions and adventure, and explained with an unprecedented mélange of acrobatics, juggling, projection mapping and the music of Richard Wagner at the municipal park in Nuremberg.

21 July 2013, Nuremberg
State Philharmonic Orchestra of Nuremberg

Klassik Open Air - open-air classical concerts: ‘Adventures and Love’ with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Nuremberg at Luitpoldhain park. Visitors are encouraged to picnic in the park; admission is free.

15 December 2013, Nuremberg
WagnerWorldWide: Reflections - Bayreuth/Thurnau/Nuremberg

Closing conference of www2013, an international conference organised by the University of Bayreuth, the Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies at Thurnau Castle and Nuremberg State Theatre. Under the patronage of Bavaria’s Minister for Science and Research Wolfgang Heubisch at Nuremberg State Theatre’s opera auditorium and Gluck-Saal foyer.

15 June 2013 – Bayreuth
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons

Featuring Christianne Stotijn, one of the leading Dutch sopranos of her generation, and conductor Andris Nelsons, this concert evening at the Oberfrankenhalle promises to be without doubt a highlight of the Wagner anniversary programme in Bayreuth.

14 July 2013 – Bayreuth
'Wagner for all' with Götz Alsmann and the Staatskapelle Weimar orchestra

Together with the Staatskapelle Weimar orchestra, Götz Alsmann is presenting 'Wagner for all' in the anniversary year, an exceptional open-air event on the market square in Bayreuth. The orchestra, which looks back on a history of over 400 years, will be directed by its musical director and principal conductor Stefan Solyom. Admission is free for this event on the market square.

21 August 2013 – Bayreuth
Annette Dasch and Wolfram Rieger

Bayreuth Stadthalle, Grosses Haus

German soprano Annette Dasch will also be delighting audiences in Bayreuth at the summer festival this year as Elsa of Brabant in Hans Neuenfels' now legendary production of Lohengrin. At the lieder evening in celebration of the Wagner anniversary, she will be accompanied on the grand piano by Wolfram Rieger, one of the most distinguished lieder accompanists of our time.

26 August 2013 – Bayreuth
Dresden State Orchestra and Christian Thielemann in Bayreuth

Christian Thielemann and the Dresden State Orchestra will be celebrating the works of Richard Wagner at the Oberfrankenhalle in Bayreuth. The concert programme includes the overture to The Flying Dutchman, Rienzi's Prayer – Almighty Father, the overture to Rienzi, prelude to Lohengrin and overture to Tannhäuser.