• Wagner room with Oesterlein Library at the Reuter Wagner Museum
    Wagner room with Oesterlein Library at the Reuter Wagner Museum ©null
  • Christian Thielemann
    Christian Thielemann ©null
  • Lohengrin at the Semper Opera House in Dresden
    Lohengrin at the Semper Opera House in Dresden ©null
  • Open space on a mountain height. Stage set design by Josef Hoffmann. Oil on canvas. 1895
    Open space on a mountain height. Stage set design by Josef Hoffmann. Oil on canvas. 1895 ©null
  • Eisenach, Wartburg Castle
    Eisenach, Wartburg Castle ©null
  • Leipzig: Wagner bust
    Leipzig: Wagner bust ©null
  • Lohengrin House in Graupa
    Lohengrin House in Graupa ©null
  • Franz Betz as Wotan, 1876
    Franz Betz as Wotan, 1876 ©null
  • End of the prelude to Tristan and Isolde with the gold fountain pen given to Wagner by Mathilde Wesendonck, 1859
    End of the prelude to Tristan and Isolde with the gold fountain pen given to Wagner by Mathilde Wesendonck, 1859 ©null
  • Parsifal
    Parsifal ©null

“Music is the language of passion”

Richard Wagner had a profound effect on European music during his lifetime – and still does today. Operas such as ‘The Ring of the Nibelung’, ‘Tannhäuser’ and ‘Lohengrin’ are widely known, even among those who are not fans of Wagner. Year after year, the Bayreuth Festival captivates music lovers from all over the world. Held at the festival hall designed by Wagner himself, it is an undisputed highlight in the international music calendar.

To mark 200 years since the great composer was born, Germany is celebrating Richard Wagner Year in 2013 with new operatic productions, exhibitions, concerts and guided tours.

Come and join in the celebrations!



Hall at Wahnfried House, Wilhelm Rauh, 1980

Place of activity

Whether subject to political persecution, fleeing from his creditors or embarking on a new love affair, Wagner was a restless spirit who never stayed long in one place.
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Rienzi – Richard Wagner, Leipzig Opera House

Events

The events’ calendar for Richard Wagner Year in 2013 is packed full of popular favourites and new additions including ‘The Ring of the Nibelung in one evening’, the ‘Wagner for all’ open-air night, ‘Wagner without words’ – and, of course, plenty of operas.
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Richard Wagner with Cosima and son Siegfried, 1874

Biography

Richard Wagner was a composer, poet, dramatist, writer, theatre director and conductor, a bon vivant and family man.
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End of the prelude to Tristan and Isolde with the gold fountain pen given to Wagner by Mathilde Wesendonck, 1859

Works

Richard Wagner left behind a legacy of more than 100 musical compositions including choral works, lieder and piano music.
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