Richard Wagner in Leipzig
Richard Wagner, the most influential composer of the high romantic period, was born in Leipzig on 22 May 1813 in the "House of the Red and White Lion", the last of nine children. The house of his birth on Brühl boulevard 319, later no. 1-3, was torn down in 1886.
From June 1813, Wagner attended St. Thomas school, although he left without completing the final exam. The young artist secretly received his first musical harmony training from Gewandhaus musician Christian Gottlieb Müller.
In order to devote himself entirely to student life and music, Wagner enrolled in "studiosus musicae" at the Leipzig University in February 1831. Soon thereafter, he became a student under the St. Thomas choirmaster Christian Theodor Weinlig. The choirmaster recognised Wagner's musical talents and encouraged him. Wagner later expressed his admiration for Weinlig by dedicating his Opus I (Piano Sonata in B flat major) to his teacher. In 1843, he dedicated his male-choir ouvre "Das Liebesmahl der Apostel" to his teacher's widow.
In the Gewandhaus, Wagner learned Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies, and was inspired to compose his own symphony. He was 17 years old the first time his music was played in Leipzig – his Overture in B flat major was performed in the Comödienhaus at Christmas in 1830. Wagner's music was first performed in the Gewandhaus in February 1832 (Overture in D minor).
The Richard Wagner festival days in Leipzig
Richard Wagner at Leipzig Opera
The grand premiere 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 the entire "Ring of the Nibelung" at the Wagner Festival from 1 to 5 May 2019.
The Gewandhaus Orchestra - one of the world's best ensembles - with Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss as their musical partners 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.
Wagner 22 at the Leipzig Opera
ALL OF WAGNER'S OPERAS IN THREE WEEKS!
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.
Tickets for the Oper Leipzig’s annual Richard Wagner Festival can be booked one year in advance.