Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is the foremost Composer of German Romantic opera. Although he composed only 13 complete operas, Wagner’s ideas of unending melody, a symphonic web, and a complete synthesis of drama, art and music revolutionized the operatic landscape forever, influencing all who came after him.
Not without controversy, Wagner’s legacy includes the beautiful theatre at Bayreuth, built to the composer’s innovative design, the ongoing annual Bayreuth festival, and over 60 hours of rich and poignant music. Today his most famous operas, Tristan und Isolde, Walküre and Lohengrin have a firm place in international operatic repertory. They can be heard around the world in instrumental arrangements for symphonies as well as chamber ensembles.