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Wagner 22 at the Leipzig Opera

In summer 2022 the music world will be watching Leipzig: In the opera house of Richard Wagner's birthplace, all thirteen works by the composer will be performed in chronological order. This is currently a unique undertaking worldwide. 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 Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the finest in the world. It is therefore not surprising that numerous international stars from the Wagner scene have come to associate Wagnerian parts with the Gewandhausorchester and the artistic director and general music director Ulf Schirmer.

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Under the direction of the artistic director and general music director Professor Ulf Schirmer, Leipzig Opera has set the ambitious goal of having all of Richard Wagner's operas in its repertoire by 2022. This will culminate during June and July of 2022 when all of Wagner's operas will be presented in the order in which they were composed in the city of his birth - with one exception: The four parts of the Ring will be excluded from the chronological order and will be presented together. A star cast of conductors and singers is planned for this festival.

Richard Wagner at Leipzig Opera

Götterdämmerung, Stage production, Richard Wagner Festival © Oper Leipzig
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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 to all four parts of the"Ring des Nibelungen" at the Wagner Festival from 1 to 5 May 2019, from 15 to 19 January and from 20 to 24 May 2020.

The Gewandhaus Orchestra - one of the world's best ensembles as their musical partner, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss will continue to be at the heart of the opera programme. The new production of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), premieres on April 30, 2019 under the musical direction of Ulf Schirmer. is another step towards Leipzig Opera's goal of having all Leipzig's native son's works in the house’s repertoire. Then the Leipzig Opera will be the only opera house in the world that can make this claim. Dutch stage director and set designer Michiel Dijkema – whose stunning sets for Faust, Tosca and Rusalka have helped win him the hearts of Leipzig audiences – is at the helm of the new production.

Actors on the stage performing the opera piece, "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner at Leipzig Opera in Augustusplatz, sights, cultural venue, music city