Section IIIMusical and prose work

The musical work of Richard Wagner is composed of operas or "musical dramas" from the "Fairies" (Die Feen) to "Parsifal". A detailed presentation of each of these major works is here associated with a series of thematic articles, replacing them not only in the context of his personal life but also in his social, economic and cultural context. This section also regroups all the musical works (excluding opera) and his literary work.

Return to homepage
THE WEDDING (Die Hochzeit), WWV31

THE WEDDING (Die Hochzeit), WWV31

"THE WEDDING" A FIRST ABANDONED OPERA by  Henri PERRIER In his twentieth year, Richard Wagner began his first attempt in opera with The Wedding (Die Hochzeit) whose text he wrote himself, as he would always do thereafter, and began the composition of the first act. The complete libretto was written in Bohemia, Pravonin and Prague...

Lire la suite

THE FAIRIES (DIE FEEN), WWV32

THE FAIRIES (DIE FEEN), WWV32

THE FAIRIES (Die Feen) Grand romantic opera in three acts Libretto and music by Richard Wagner, after Carlo Gozzi's play La donna serpente Premiere : June 29, 1888 in Munich, led by Franz Fischer Cast : THE FAIRY KING (bass) ADA, a fairy (soprano) ZEMINA, a fairy (soprano) FARZANA, a fairy (soprano) ARINDAL, King of...

Lire la suite

THE BAN ON LOVE (DAS LIEBESVERBOT), WWV38

THE BAN ON LOVE (DAS LIEBESVERBOT), WWV38

THE BAN ON LOVE or THE NOVICE OF PALERMO (Das Liebesverbot oder Die Novizie von Palermo) Grand opera (singspiel) in two acts Text and music by Richard Wagner, after Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure Premiere: 19th march 1836, Magdeburg, led by the composer Cast: FRIEDRICH, governor of Sicily (bass-baritone) LUZIO, a young nobleman (tenor) CLAUDIO, a young nobleman (tenor) ANTONIO,...

Lire la suite

Back to SECTION III – Musical and prose work