Welcome to "WagnerOperas"

Welcome to the world of composer Richard Wagner. A towering figure of the 19th century, Wagner is best remembered for the operas he composed; works which changed the course of Western music, and the craft of theatrical staging.

This website is an examination of the life of this composer. It is a journey that will shed light on the man and his work, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned Wagnerite.

 

The World of Richard Wagner and his works

Biography

Richard Wagner's life journeys from the heights of Romanticism to the movement's supreme crisis which he himself orchestrated. His life begins in 1813, in Leipzig.

Biography

The Operas

Richard Wagner's musical legacy rests with thirteen completed stage works. Of these, ten of them have remained in the repertory of all major opera houses around the world.

Operas

Productions

Wagner's works offer a production team a chance to stretch their imagination and present their personal interpretation of the composer's work to today's audiences.

Productions

Wagner during the Third Reich

On January 13, 1933 the newly-elected National Socialist Party celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Wagner's death by staging a grand memorial ceremony in Leipzig,

Third Reich

The Bayreuth Festival

This yearly ritual in this small Bavarian city started in 1876 when Wagner had the Festspielhaus built to his specifications in order to present Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Bayreuth Festival

Wieland Wagner: New Bayreuth

When the Bayreuth Festival re-opened in 1951 after World War II, Wagner's works found a new look thanks to his grandson, director Wieland Wagner.

New Bayreuth

Podcasts

A series of short audio programs dedicated to the life and work of Richard Wagner. Listen on your computer, or download them to your iPhone, iPod or your favorite tablet.

Podcasts

Wagnerians

The artists and conductors who possess the great talent and incredible stamina to perform some of the most difficult and lengthy roles in the vocal repertory.

Wagnerians

Wagner Links

Here you will find links to other websites with even more information about Richard Wagner. If you still yearn to find out more about him this is the place to go.

Links

CD Covers

A collection of CD covers for live Wagner performances taken from Internet broadcasts. These designs are not meant for any type of commercial distribution.

CD Covers

Set Design

Influenced by the imaginative approach to Wagner productions seen on stages around the world, I decided to try my hand at scenic design. Check out my creations here.

Set Design

Wagnerblog

Since February of 2005 I have kept the "Wagnerblog." It is a collection of essays about opera, art, culture and film. Feel free to subscribe to it if you enjoy my writing.

Wagnerblog

WagnerOperas NEWS: Modern Work Riffs on Wagner

Dutch composer Reinbert De Leeuw's Symphonic poem for ochestra Der nachtlige Wanderer has recently been given its UK premiere as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The BBC Symphony was under the direction of Oliver Knussen. The large scale work, the composer's first since 1973, takes a piano elegy that Richard Wagner was working on at the time of his death and arranges it for the accordion, while an actor reads Romantic German poet Friedrich Holderlin’s poem, which gives the title to this musical work. If you would like to listen to this work click HERE.