To further the knowledge, appreciation, and performance of Richard Wagner’s operas, within the Florida area, nationally, and abroad through educational programs for the membership, and community at large.
RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany, on May 22, 1813, and died in Venice, Italy, on February 13, 1883. He wrote 13 operas, of which 10 are a regular part of the repertoire. His works are: The Flying Dutchman, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg, and Parsifal. Also, The Ring of the Nibelung comprising four operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walkuere, Siegfried, and Die Goetterdaemmerung.
From 1872 through 1876, with support from King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Wagner built a theater at Bayreuth, Germany, which was designed especially for the performance of his works. The Bayreuth Festival, managed by Wagner’s descendants, produces Wagner’s works annually. His theorectical writings, letters, an autobiography, and extensive entries in several diaries would fill a large bookcase. He completely revolutionized the operatic form through artworks which many feel are the most expressive and psychologically profound in all of musical theatre.
His four-part epic “The Ring of the Nibelung“, which took twenty-eight years to complete, is an allegory of world history, and is hte most extensive and ambitious work in modern theatre. His “Tristan and Isolde“, completed in 1859, was musically so ahead of its time that it remains the single greatest influence on the music of the twentieth century.