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Encyclopedia > Wolfgang Wagner

Wolfgang Wagner (b. 30 August 1919) is the director (Festspielleiter) of the Bayreuth Festival, a position he assumed alongside his brother Wieland in 1951. He is the son of Siegfried Wagner, the grandson of the German composer Richard Wagner, and the great-grandson of the composer Franz Liszt. Wolfgang and Wieland Wagner are largely credited with resurrecting the famous festival following Germany's collapse after the Second World War. Under his directorship, the famous Bayreuth Festspielhaus has undergone extensive renovations. Bayreuth Festspielhaus, as seen in 1882 The annual Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany is devoted principally (but not exclusively) to performances of operas by the 19th century German composer Richard Wagner. ... Wieland Wagner, (born 1917, died 1966). ... Siegfried Wagner (6 June 1869 - 4 August 1930) was the son of Richard Wagner and Cosima von Bülow and the grandson of Franz Liszt. ... Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as they were later called). ... Portrait by Henri Lehmann, 1839 Franz Liszt (Hungarian: Liszt Ferenc; pronounced , in English: list) (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a Hungarian [1] virtuoso pianist and composer of the Romantic period. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... The Bayreuth Festspielhaus (Bayreuth Festival Theatre) is an opera house built to the north of the town of Bayreuth in Germany, dedicated to the performance of Richard Wagners operas. ...

Known for his more modern, minimalist stagings of his grandfather's works, Wagner has attracted some criticism for what is seen as his autocratic sway over the Festival[1]. Nonetheless, he has helped make the Bayreuth one of the most popular destinations in the world of opera. There is a ten-year waiting list for tickets [2]. The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ...

In 1994, he invited Werner Herzog (who had staged Lohengrin at Bayreuth in 1987) to make a documentary about the festival, which was released under the title Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik (The Transformation of the World into Music). Werner Herzog (born Werner Stipetić on September 5, 1942) is a critically and internationally acclaimed German film director, screenwriter, actor, and opera director. ... Lohengrin is a romantic opera (or music drama) in three acts by Richard Wagner. ...

He married twice, to Ellen Drezel and Gudrun Mack. He has three children: Eva, born 1945, Gottfried, born 1947 and Katharina, born 1978[3]. He is reportedly estranged from both Eva (over control of the Bayreuth Festival)[4] and Gottfried (over the family's connection with Adolf Hitler, a friend of Wolfgang's mother Winifred)[5]. Katharina Wagner (born 21 May 1978 in Bayreuth) is a German Opera director. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Siegfried Wagner (6 June 1869 - 4 August 1930) was the son of Richard Wagner and Cosima von Bülow and the grandson of Franz Liszt. ...


  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6909220.stm BBC News July 20, 2007
  2. ^ Bayreuth Festival Goes for Youth in 2007 (2007-02-21). Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  3. ^ http://home.c2i.net/monsalvat/wagtree.gif Joseph M. Erbacher's Wagner Family Tree
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6909220.stm BBC News July 20, 2007
  5. ^ www.faqs.org/faqs/music/wagner/general-faq/section-23.html

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik on IMDB
  • Wolfgang Wagner Photo Gallery



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