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Richard Wagner

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Richard Wagner in 1871

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German opera composer. His operas include The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, The Ring of the Nibelung,The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Tristan and Isolde, and Parsifal.

Wagner developed an operatic genre which he called music drama. It synthesized music, drama, verse, legend and spectacle.

Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth about 1900

Wagner wanted an opera house built for performances of The Ring of the Nibelung. The Ring consists of four separate operas that tell a complete story from German mythology. The Ring is usually performed over four evenings. Wagner's opera house (the Festspielhaus) was finally built in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1875. First performances of the complete Ring were held in 1876.

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