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Wagner 22

Wagner 22 at the Leipzig Opera

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Yellow flags in front of the Leipzig Opera herald the Wagner Festival in Leipzig. © Kirsten Nijhof

20 June to 14 July 2022


In Summer 2022, the music world will look to the Leipzig Opera: In the opera house of Richard Wagner's birthplace, all thirteen works by the composer will be performed in chronological order. Only the four parts of the "Ring of the Nibelungs" are on the programme as a separate event.

The Opera Leipzig with its more than 325-year-old tradition has been one of the flagships of the music city Leipzig, for quite some time now, and it has made music history with composers such as Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Wagner. Wagner's birthplace is a popular destination for enthusiasts of his works from all over the world. This is also due to the fact that the Gewandhausorchester is one of the finest in the world. It is therefore not surprising that numerous international stars from the Wagner scene associate Wagnerian parts with the Gewandhausorchester and the artistic director and general music director Ulf Schirmer.

WAGNER 22 programme will be performed by the proven and Wagner-experienced ensemble of the Leipzig Opera as well as guests associated with the institution, who are known worldwide for their Wagner interpretations. Already confirmed are: Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry), Jennifer Holloway, Lise Lindstrom, Daniela Sindram, Manuela Uhl, Markus Eiche, René Pape, Iain Paterson, Andreas Schager (Tristan), Stefan Vinke, Klaus Florian Vogt and Michael Volle (Wotan in »Das Rheingold«).

WAGNER 22 is dedicated to the musician, composer and conductor Gustav Brecher (1879-1940), who shaped Leipzig's musical landscape from 1914 to 1933 as its General Music Director and later also its Opera Director. He was the first to have the idea of performing Richard Wagner's celebrated music-dramatic works in chronological order. He was already preparing the mammoth project when the National Socialists forced him out of power in 1933.

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The Wagner 22 programme

20 June Die Feen
21 June Das Liebesverbot
23 June Rienzi
25 June Der fliegende Holländer
26 June Tannhäuser
30 June Lohengrin
1 July Tristan und Isolde
3 July Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
7 July Das Rheingold
8 July Die Walküre
9 July Siegfried
10 July Götterdämmerung
14 July Parsifal

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Richard Wagner at Leipzig Opera

Götterdämmerung, Stage production, Richard Wagner Festival © Oper Leipzig
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When the city of Leipzig celebrated the 200th birthday of its famous son in 2013, it sparked a veritable Wagner renaissance in the composer's native city. Together with the Bayreuth Festival, the Leipzig Opera brought out the rarely performed early works of Richard Wagner, thus building an artistic bridge between the two central Wagner locations in the German-speaking world. Since then, Leipzig Opera has been the only opera house to have all three of Richard Wagner's early works in its repertoire.

Leipzig, the City of Music, symbolises the musical development of the young Richard Wagner. He was musically influenced by composers such as Bach and Mendelssohn. These musical roots are especially evident in the early works of Richard Wagner. At the same time, they express the unconditional will of a young and wild boy for artistic expression and recognition.

The grand première of Richard Wagner's "Götterdämmerung" at Leipzig Opera House in 2016 marked the return of the Ring cycle into the opera repertoire of Wagner's birthplace for the first time in more than 40 years. Opera lovers can look forward in April and May 2021 to the complete "Ring of the Nibelung", which consists of four parts in total.

At the Wagner Festival in June 2021, all three early works by Richard Wagner will be performed for the first time in chronological order. Experience the newly rehearsed early works with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Leipzig Opera Choir and guest soloists such as Liene Kinča as Fairy Queen Ada in "The Fairies", Manuela Uhl as Isabella in "The Ban on Love or the Novice of Palermo" or Stefan Vinke in the title role in "Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes".

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