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Richard Wagner in Leipzig

Richard Wagner

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

The Richard Wagner monument, which is a stop on the Notenspur (music trail), can be seen on the right in the image, cultural venue
© Andreas Schmidt

Richard Wagner at Leipzig Opera

Götterdämmerung, Stage production, Richard Wagner Festival © Oper Leipzig
© Oper Leipzig

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.

Opera Festival Wagner 22


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.

Mon  20.6.             Die Feen
Tue    21.6.            Das Liebesverbot
Thu   23.6.            Rienzi
Sat    25.6.           Der fliegende Holländer
Son    26.6.           Tannhäuser
Thu   30.6.            Lohengrin
Fri      1.7.            Tristan und Isolde
Sun     3.7.            Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Thu     7.7.            Das Rheingold
Fri      8.7.            Die Walküre
Sat     9.7.            Siegfried
Sun   10.7.            Götterdämmerung
Thu   14.7.            Parsifal

Reservations for the Wagner22 travel offers now possible! You don't want to miss this Leipzig opera highlight, do you? Reservations for the travel package "Wagner22" are now possible. We are now happy to accept your travel request and reservations. Order your tickets for this unique opera experience in Leipzig! 

As of now, the Leipzig Opera ticket service is also available for ticket reservations at the Opera. We will take down your contact details so that we can keep you up to date in regards to reservations and bookings as well as the programme and cast.

Stage production, Götterdämmerung, Wagner Festival © Oper Leipzig
Stage design Tannhäuser, Leipzig Opera, Richard Wagner Festival © Kirsten Nijhof
© Kirsten Nijhof
View of the illuminated Leipzig Opera at the Blue Hour © Kirsten Nijhof/ Oper Leipzig
© Kirsten Nijhof/ Leipzig Opera
Stage production, Walküre, Opera Leipzig, Wagner Festival © Oper Leipzig
© Oper Leipzig
Bust, Richard Wagner, Oper Leipzig © Kirsten Nijhof
© Kirsten Nijhof
Stage production, Siegfried, Wagner Festival © Oper Leipzig
© Oper Leipzig
Stage production Rheingold, Leipzig Opera, Richard Wagner Festival © Tom Schulze
© Tom Schulze