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2 August 2017
Composed: 1877-82 Premiered: 20 July 1882, Bayreuth Amfortas, King of the Grail Knights, has been in constant pain and shame ever since losing the Holy Spear...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1869-74 Premiered: 17 August, 1876, Bayreuth Siegfried is tricked by Hagen, son of Alberich, into drinking a potion that will make him forget his...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1856-71 Premiere: 16 August 1876, Bayreuth Looked after since childhood by the dwarf Mime, Siegfried forges a new weapon from the shards of the sword...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1862-7 Premiered: 21 June 1868, Munich In 16th-century Nuremberg, the goldsmith Pogner causes a stir by announcing that he is to hold a song contest...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1856-9 Premiered: 12 March 1859, Prague Sailing from Ireland to Cornwall, where Isolde is to marry King Marke, Tristan, who killed her previous...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1854-6 Premiered: 26 June 1876, Munich Separated from his twin sister Sieglinde since childhood, Siegmund is reunited with her when sheltering from a...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1853-4 Premiered: 22 September 1869, Munich At the bottom of the River Rhine, the dwarf Alberich steals the Rhine gold from the Rhinemaidens, who...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1845-8 Premiered: 28 August 1850, Weimar When the Belgian duchy of Brabant is under threat from attack, help comes from a knight in shining armour,...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1842-5 Premiered: 19 October 1845, Dresden In 13th-century Germany, Tannhäuser, a minstrel, descends from the magical, sensuous world of the...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1840-1 Premiered: 2 January 1843, Dresden Off the coast of Norway, a mysterious sailor and his equally mysterious ship appears. We learn that the...
2 August 2017
Over a life of exile and debt, scandalous affairs and high-level adulation, Wagner wrote operas that not only remain unmatched for drama, controversy and...
28 July 2017
Who are the most thrilling, captivating and brilliant divas to have sung the world’s stages? Ten years ago, we asked the experts to draw up their...
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