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.

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RIENZI, WWV49

RIENZI Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes (Rienzi, der letzte der Tribunen) Grand Opera in five acts Libretto and music by Richard Wagner, after Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel Rienzi, the Last of the Roman Tribunes (1835) Premiere : 20th october 1842, Hofoper Dresden, led by Carl Gottlieb Reissiger Cast : COLA RIENZI, The Pope's notary (tenor)...

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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER), WWV 63

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (Der Fliegende Holländer) Romantic opera in three acts Text and music by Richard Wagner, after Heinrich Heine's novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski (Aus den Memoiren des Herrn von Schnabelewopski) Premiere: 2nd january 1843, Royal Theatre of the Court of Saxony, Dresden (Semperoper), led by the composer Cast: THE DUTCHMAN (bass-baritone) DALAND, a Norwegian...

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TANNHÄUSER AND THE MINSTREL’S CONTEST AT THE WARTBURG, WWV70

TANNHÄUSER (Tannhäuser and the Minstrel's Contest at the Wartburg) (Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg) Romantic Opera in three acts Text and music by Richard Wagner Premiere : 19th October 1845, Dresden (Royal Opera House of the Court of Saxony) [Paris version : 13th October 1861, Paris (Académie Impériale de Musique, Salle Ventadour)] Cast : HERMANN, Landgrave of...

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LOHENGRIN, WWV75

LOHENGRIN Romantic opera en three acts Text and music by Richard Wagner Premiere : 28th August 1850. Grand Ducal Theatre, Weimar Cast : HEINRICH DER VOGLER (HENRY THE FOWLER), German King (bass) LOHENGRIN (tenor) ELSA OF BRABANT (soprano) DUKE GOTTFRIED, Elsa’s brother (silent) FRIEDRICH OF TELRAMUND, Count of Brabant (baritone) ORTRUD, Telramund’s wife (dramatic soprano or mezzo-soprano) THE KING’S HERALD...

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TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, WWV90

TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (Tristan und Isolde) Music drama in three acts Libretto and music by Richard Wagner Premiere : 10th June 1865, Hoftheater Munich Cast : TRISTAN a Breton nobleman, adopted heir of Marke MARKE King of Cornwall (bass) ISOLDE an Irish princess betrothed to Marke (soprano) KURWENAL Tristan's servant (baritone) MELOT a courtier, Tristan's friend (tenor...

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THE MASTER-SINGERS OF NUREMBERG (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), WWV96

THE MASTER-SINGERS OF NUREMBERG (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) Music drama in three acts Libretto and music by Richard Wagner Premiere : 21. June 1868, Munich (Royal Court and National Theatre) Cast : HANS SACHS (bass) VEIT POGNER (bass) KUNZ VOGELSANG (tenor) KONRAD NACHTIGALL (bass) SIXTUS BECKMESSER (bass) FRITZ KOTHNER (bass) BALTHASAR ZORN (tenor) ULRICH EISSLINGER...

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