Richard Wagner


Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a German composer of Romantic music most famous for his epic operas like The Ring, Tannhäuser, and Tristan and Isolde. Wagner was concerned throughout his career with the theme of redemption through love and with presenting what he called 'total artworks', where music, poetry, and drama were uniquely combined into a single performance.

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  • 1813 - 1883
    Life of the German composer Richard Wagner.
  • 22 May 1813
    The composer Richard Wagner is born in Leipzig, Germany.
  • Jun 1830
    Richard Wagner enrols at the University of Leipzig to study music.
  • 1833
    Richard Wagner takes up a position as chorus master in Würzburg.
  • 1834
    Richard Wagner composes his opera Die Feen (The Fairies).
  • 1836
    Richard Wagner's opera Das Lieberverbot (Love's Interdict or The Ban on Love) premieres in Magdeburg.
  • 24 Nov 1836
    Richard Wagner marries the actress Wilhelmine (Minna) Planer.
  • 1837 - 1839
    Richard Wagnr lives in Riga.
  • 1839 - 1842
    Richard Wagner lives in Paris.
  • 1842
    Richard Wagner moves to Dresden.
  • Oct 1842
    The premiere of Richard Wagner's opera Rienzi in Dresden's Hoftheatre.
  • Jan 1843
    Richard Wagner's opera Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) premieres in Dresden.
  • Oct 1845
    Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser premieres in Dresden.
  • 1849
    Implicated in a popular uprising, Richard Wagner is obliged to flee Dresden for Switzerland.
  • 1849
    Richard Wagner writes his essay Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft (The Artwork of the Future).
  • 1850
    Richard Wagner writes his essay Das Judenthum in der Musik (Jewry in Music).
  • Aug 1850
    Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin premieres at the Weimar Court Theatre.
  • 1851
    Richard Wagner writes his essay Oper und Drama (Opera and Drama).
  • 1852
    Richard Wagner conducts an extramarital affair with Mathilde Wesendonk.
  • c. 1865
    Richard Wagner lives in Munich where he receives the patronage of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
  • Jun 1865
    Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde premieres at the Munich Court Theatre.
  • Jun 1868
    Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) premieres in Munich.
  • 1870
    Richard Wagner marries Cosima von Bülow.
  • 1876
    Richard Wagner's operatic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring) premieres in Bayreuth.
  • 1882
    Richard Wagner's final opera Parsifal premieres in Bayreuth.
  • 13 Feb 1883
    The composer Richard Wagner dies of a heart attack while in Venice.