Chéreau / Boulez
Der Ring des Nibelungen


Wagner's Parsifal


Metropolitan's Machine Ring on Blu-ray




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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice


Richard Wagner
and Wagner operas

"People will enjoy the Ring and Parsifal until, one fine day, they will get tired of being pitched around on a sea of endless melody and led around by stereotyped leitmotives." (Eduard Hanslick, 1882)
Castorf's Rheingold at Bayreuth 2014

Mark Berry reviews Das Rheingold (2014)

Castorf's Walkure at
Bayreuth 2014

Mark Berry reviews Die Walkure (2014)

Stefan Herheim

Stefan Herheim

Stefan Herheim on Parsifal, Bayreuth and Daniele Gatti

Mark Berry at
Bayreuth 2012

Stefan Herheim: Parsifal, Bayreuth 2012

Stefan Herheim: Parsifal
Neuenfels: Lohengrin
Gloger's new Dutchman


Richard Wagner recommendations

The best Richard Wagner CDs and DVDs

Frank Castorf
Ring at Bayreuth 2013

There Will Be Blood: Frank Castorf has entered the Ring

Richard Wagner's music
in films

Richard Wagner's music used in movies

Richard Wagner's music has been used in many films

Detlef Roth on

Detlef Roth

Interview with Detlef Roth in Bayreuth

Richard Wagner in Sicily 1881-82

Did you know that Wagner went to Palermo, Sicily, to finish Parsifal?

Kasper Holten's
Copenhagen Tannhäuser

Kasper Holten

"A splendid document of the Royal Danish Opera's 2009-10 production"

Lioba Braun
on Bayreuth

Lioba Braun

Lioba Braun interview: Brangäne, Bayreuth and Isolde

Robert Lepage:
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Lepage Ring on DVD and Blu-ray

The Machine Ring at the Met now on Blu-ray and DVD

Johanna Meier in

Johanna Meier

"I never sang Liebestod from the orchestra pit"

Iréne Theorin in

irene theorin

"Isolde is incredibly intense, and that really suits me"

Peter Konwitschny on
Peter Konwitschny

"I am no representative of the Regietheater"

Daniel Barenboim:
Complete Wagner Operas

Daniel Barenboim's Wagner on 34 CD's

Daniel Slater Interview:
Tristan in Oslo

Daniel Slater interviewed about his production of Tristan und Isolde in Oslo

Anne Evans in

Anne Evans interview

Anne Evans talks about Brünnhilde and Bayreuth

Online tickets to

Bayreuther Festispiele

Advice on how to get tickets to the Bayreuth Festival

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method - Howard Shore adapts Richard Wagner's music

Composer Howard Shore adapts Richard Wagner's music

In fernem Land

In fernem Land

Great versions of Lohengrin's Grail narrative

Rienzi on


Vocal Values and Distracting Subplots

Lohengrin on

Lohengrin DVD

Harteros and Kaufmann the main reasons to buy

New triumph for

Tannhäuser, Covent Garden

Tannhäuser at ROH - a musical triumph


Hildegard Behrens

Hildegard Behrens dies at 72 in Tokyo


Eric Owens

Eric Owens nearly stole the show in Met's Rheingold

Siegfried in

Washington Siegfried

Jerry Floyd explores Zambello's Siegfried

Nazi propaganda


Wagner and Bayreuth used in Nazi propaganda

Wagner used in a

Wagner Music used in documentary about building the San Francisco Bridge (1937)

Wagner Music used in documentary about building the San Francisco Bridge (1937)

Tannhäuser in

tannhäuser oslo

Herheim's Sängerkrieg in the Salvation Army


Dorothea Röschmann as Elsa in Lohengrin

The characters in Richard Wagner's operas

The Wagner

Tony Palmer

Tony Palmer's "The Wagner Family" released on DVD


walkure met

Machine Age Walküre at the Met

Neuenfels's Lohengrin


Klaus Florian Vogt's staggering Lohengrin in Neuenfels's rat experiment

Van Zweden:
Parsifal (SACD)

Parsifal van Zweden

Klaus Florian Vogt as Parsifal and Katarina Dalayman as Kundry

Tristan at
Covent Garden

Sophie Koch as Brangäne and Nina Stemme as Isolde in London

Tristan und Isolde in London: Straightforward confusion

Wagner makes

Klaus Florian Vogt

Katharina's 2010 Meistersinger gets interesting, but too late

Parsifal 2008

Stefan Herheim's Parsifal production

Music theatre between dream and reality

Herheim's Parsifal at
Bayreuth 2011

Herheim Parsifal

Mark Berry revisits Herheim's masterpiece - the highlight of the Festival

Marek Janowski's
Wagner Cycle

Dutchman first out in an exciting Wagner series

Tannhäuser 2011


Mark Berry sees no evidence of Baumgarten having engaged with the score at all

Lohengrin 2010

Lohengrin, Bayreuth

Hans Neuenfels Lohengrin production at Bayreuth

My Bayreuth

Bayreuth Festival

Visitors tell about their Bayreuth Festival experience

Claus Guth's

Claus Guth Parsifal Barcelona

The blood of Amfortas is the rejuventating elixir

William Kinderman:
Wagner's Parsifal

William Kinderman:

Germán A. Bravo-Casas appraises the new book on Wagner's Parsifal

Stefan Kaminski makes an alternative Ring

One Man-Theater + Band-Chemistry + Radioplay-Performance

Great Wagner

Jonathan Brown Great Wagner Conductors

Jonathan Brown has written a superb book about the great Wagner conductors


Bayreuth festival the next years

Tristan und Isolde
Katharina Wagner (stage director)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (Isolde)
Steven Gould (Tristan)
Christian Thielemann (conductor)

Jonathan Meese (stage director)
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Barrie Kosky (stage director)
Philippe Jordan (conductor)
Michael Volle (Hans Sachs)
Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser)
Klaus Florian Vogt (Stolzing)
Krassimira Stoyanova (Eva)

Alvis Hermanis (stage director)
Christian Thielemann (conductor)

Tobias Kratzer (stage director)

Der Ring des Nibelungen
Christian Thielemann (conductor - probably)



Said about Richard Wagner

"People who say that Wagner knew exactly how he wanted his works produced - so what right have you to stage the Ring on Mars or down a salt mine - are wrong," he says. "Wagner was precise [in his stage directions] because the theatrical world into which he launched his works was a total mess, and the quality was very poor. The reason he took such trouble was defensive: it wasn't so much that he knew what he wanted, but he jolly well knew what he didn't want."
Patrick Carnegy to The Guardian

“Conducting Tristan was another epiphany. I became a hopeless Wagner nut and it opened up a completely new world to me. There is this unique thing about Wagner, and that’s time management. The way he can create and alter time through a couple of hours. Not only create it, but also sustain it and keep it alive with very simple means. And in mature Wagner, the whole idea of constant recycling of material, and very little material. I mean, ‘Parsifal’ has nothing: a couple of chords. And he spins all that out of them.”
Esa-Pekka Salonen to Newcity Music

Always we seem to come back to Wagner though. Of course, Wagner is a magnificent composer: the music is incredible. Whatever other music I do, coming back to Wagner is like coming home.
John Tomlinson in conversation with Mark Berry

Wagner audiences are special, I think. It’s their music – but in a positive way; it’s a passion.
René Pape on Wagner audiences

The thing I love about Wagner's work is the subliminal, the erotic, the visionary factor - and that's how I stage things as well. I try to acquire an awareness of the archetypes, images and symbols and bring them to the surface; the music was composed to be interpreted that way. Wagner has nothing to do with realism or naturalism, but his work rather expresses the mental landscape of a man, treats sections of his personality that may be in conflict with one another - and people who may seem real but are in actual fact products of his dreams, which he can use or not as he pleases. It has to do with the strata of a personality.
David Alden in conversation with Peter Jonas

I am used to seeing you respect people only if and as long as they can be of use to you. A person no longer exists for you when their usefulness is over. You know nothing of gratitude for the past: All that is merely an infernal obligation! It has always been so – towards Brockhaus, the King, Lüttichau, Pusinelli, Tichatschek, and everyone else who has helped you in one way or another. Whilst I greatly love and esteem your talent, it is just the opposite with regard to your character. Since your last letter the first sign of life you give Johanna is - lend me a thousand thalers! A mere trifle!
Johanna's father Albert 1853 (Derek Watson: Richard Wagner - A Biography, p 131)

Such demoniac personalities cannot be judged by ordinary standards. They are egoists of the first water, and must be so, or they could never fulfil their mission.
Heinrich Porges (Derek Watson: Richard Wagner - A Biography, p 131)

I like Wagner’s music better than any other music. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time, without people hearing what one says.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Must Have Rings on DVD

Lohengrin cover

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Harry Kupfer, Daniel Barenboim, John Tomlinson, Anne Evans, Graham Clarke, Bayreyth Festival

Krauss Ring

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Patrice Chéreau, Pierre Boulez, Donald McIntyre, Gwyneth Jones, Peter Hofmann, Bayreyth Festival

Tristan Furtwängler

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Kasper Bech Holten, Michael Schønwandt, Iréne Theorin, Stig Andersen, Royal Danish Opera


Historical Wagner recordings

Lohengrin cover

Lohengrin: Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Windgassen, Josef Greindl, Eleanor Steber, Hermann Uhde, Astrid Varnay

Krauss Ring

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Clemens Krauss, Hans Hotter, Gustav Neidlinger, Astrid Varnay, Ramón Vinay

Tristan Furtwängler

Tristan und Isolde: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Kirsten Flagstad, Ludwig Suthaus, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Josef Greindl



Richard Wagner's music dramas in other languages

Have you ever wondered what Meistersinger is called in Hungarian or Polish? Well, here are the titles of Richard Wagner's music dramas in other languages.

German - English - French - Italian - Spanish - Polish - Hungarian - Danish - Norwegian - Swedish - Finnish - Dutch - Icelandic - Latvian- Chinese - Russian -





Der Ring des Nibelungen The Ring of the Nibelung L'Anneau du Nibelung L'anello del Nibelungo
Das Rheingold The Rhinegold L'Or du Rhin L'oro del Reno
Die Walküre The Valkyrie La Walkyrie La Valchiria
Siegfried Siegfried Siegfried Sigfrido
Götterdämmerung Twilight of the Gods Le Crépuscule des dieux Il crepuscolo degli dei
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg The Mastersingers of Nuremberg Les Maîtres Chanteurs de Nuremberg I maestri cantori di Norimberga
Tristan und Isolde Tristan and Isolde Tristan et Isolde Tristano e Isotta
Parsifal Parsifal Parsifal Parsifal
Der fliegende Holländer The Flying Dutchman Le Vaisseau fantôme L'olandese volante
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser Tannhäuser Tannhäuser
Lohengrin Lohengrin Lohengrin Lohengrin
Rienzi Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes Rienzi Rienzi, l'ultimo dei tribuni

German - English - French - Italian - Spanish - Polish - Hungarian - Danish - Norwegian - Swedish - Finnish - Dutch - Icelandic - Latvian- Chinese - Russian -





Der Ring des Nibelungen El anillo del nibelungo Pierścień Nibelunga A nibelung gyűrűje
Das Rheingold El oro del Rin Złoto Renu A Rajna kincse
Die Walküre La valquiria Walkiria A walkür
Siegfried Sigfrido Zygfryd Siegfried
Götterdämmerung El ocaso de los dioses Zmierzch bogów Az istenek alkonya
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Los maestros cantores de Núremberg Śpiewacy norymberscy A nürnbergi mesterdalnokok
Tristan und Isolde Tristán e Isolda Tristan i Izolda Trisztán és Izolda
Parsifal Parsifal Parsifal Parsifal
Der fliegende Holländer El holandés errante Holender tułacz
Latający Holender
A bolygó hollandi
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser Tannhäuser Tannhäuser
Lohengrin Lohengrin Lohengrin Lohengrin
Rienzi Rienzi Rienzi Rienzi

German - English - French - Italian - Spanish - Polish - Hungarian - Danish - Norwegian - Swedish - Finnish - Dutch - Icelandic - Latvian- Chinese - Russian -





Der Ring des Nibelungen Nibelungens Ring Nibelungenringen Nibelungens ring
Das Rheingold Rhinguldet Rhingullet Rhenguldet
Die Walküre Valkyrien Valkyrien Valkyrian
Siegfried Siegfried Siegfried Siegfried
Götterdämmerung Gudedæmringen Ragnarok Ragnarök
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Mestersangerne i Nürnberg Mestersangerne fra Nürnberg aka Mestersangerne i Nürnberg Mästersångarna i Nürnberg
Tristan und Isolde Tristan og Isolde Tristan og Isolde Tristan och Isolde
Parsifal Parsifal Parsifal Parsifal
Der fliegende Holländer Den flyvende hollænder Den flyvende hollender Den flygande holländaren
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser Tannhäuser Tannhäuser
Lohengrin Lohengrin Lohengrin Lohengrin
Rienzi Rienzi Rienzi Rienzi

German - English - French - Italian - Spanish - Polish - Hungarian - Danish - Norwegian - Swedish - Finnish - Dutch - Icelandic - Latvian- Chinese - Russian -





Der Ring des Nibelungen Nibelungin sormus De Ring van den Neveling Niflungahringurinn
Das Rheingold Reininkulta Het Rijngoud Rínargullið
Die Walküre Valkyyria De Walkure Valkyrjan
Siegfried Siegfried Siegfried Sigfried
Götterdämmerung Jumalten tuho Godenschemering Ragnarök
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Nürnbergin mestarilaulajat   Meistarasöngvararnir frá Nuernberg
Tristan und Isolde Tristan ja Isolde   Tristan og Ísold
Parsifal Parsifal    
Der fliegende Holländer

Lentävä hollantilainen

De Vliegende Hollander Hollendingurinn fljúgandi
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser    
Lohengrin Lohengrin    

German - English - French - Italian - Spanish - Polish - Hungarian - Danish - Norwegian - Swedish - Finnish - Dutch - Icelandic - Latvian- Chinese - Russian -



Brazilian Portuguese


Der Ring des Nibelungen Nībelungu gredzens O Anel dos Nibelungos Το δακτυλίδι του Νίμπελουνγκ
Das Rheingold Reinas zelts O Ouro do Reno Ο χρυσός του Ρήνου
Die Walküre Valkīra A Valquíria Η Βαλκυρία
Siegfried Zigfrīds Siegfried Ζήγκφριντ
Götterdämmerung Dievu mijkrēslis O Crepúsculo dos Deuses Το λυκόφως των θεών
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Nirnbergas meistardziedoņi Os Mestres Cantores de Nuremberg

Οι αρχιτραγουδιστές της Νυρεμβέργης

Tristan und Isolde Tristans un Izolde Tristão e Isolda Τριστάνος και Ιζόλδη
Parsifal Parsifāls Parsifal Πάρσιφαλ
Der fliegende Holländer Klīstošais holandietis O Navio Fantasma ou O Holandês Voador Ο ιπτάμενος Ολλανδός
Tannhäuser Tanheizers Tannhäuser Τάνχώυζερ
Lohengrin Loengrīns Lohengrin Λόενγκριν
Rienzi Rienci - - - Ριέντσι

German - English - French - Italian - Spanish - Polish - Hungarian - Danish - Norwegian - Swedish - Finnish - Dutch - Icelandic - Latvian- Chinese - Russian -





Der Ring des Nibelungen 尼伯龙根的指环 Кольцо нибелунга ニーベルングの指環
Das Rheingold 莱茵的黄金 Золото Рейна ラインの黄金
Die Walküre 女武神 Валькирия ヴァルキューレ **ワルキューレ has been traditionally used, but it's not correct.
Siegfried 齐格佛里德 Зигфрид


Götterdämmerung 众神的黄昏 Гибель богов 神々の黄昏
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 纽伦堡的名歌手 Нюрнбергские мейстерзингеры ニュルンベルクのマイスタージンガー
Tristan und Isolde 特里斯坦与伊索尔德 Тристан и Изольда トリスタンとイゾルデ
Parsifal 帕西法尔 Парсифаль パルジファル
Der fliegende Holländer 飞翔的荷兰人 Летучий голландец さまよえるオランダ人
Tannhäuser 唐豪塞 Тангейзер タンホイザー
Lohengrin 罗恩格林 Лоэнгрин ローエングリン
Rienzi 黎恩济 Риенци リエンツィ

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Kasper Holten

Kasper Holten

Kasper Holten interviewed about his new Tannhäuser

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Dawn Southwick on a confusing Rheingold in LA




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