Bayreuther Festspiele

Wolfgang Wagner

Wolfgang Wagner
* 30 August 1919
• Sole director of the Festival from 1967 to 31 August 2008
• In 1973 helps to draw up the foundation charter of the Richard Wagner
Foundation, of which he is a co-signatory
• The Bayreuth Festival is established as a limited liability company on 1
October 1986, Wolfgang Wagner was its managing director
† 21 March 2010


Important biographical dates

Born in Bayreuth on 30 August, the grandson of Richard Wagner, the great-grandson of Franz Liszt and the third child of Siegfried Wagner (* 6 June 1869; † 4 August 1930) and Winifred Wagner née Williams (* 23 June 1897; † 5 March 1980)
Completes secondary schooling and does national service
1939  Wounded in the war against Poland in mid-September
1940 Discharged from the German army, works for the Bayreuth Festival for the first time as an unpaid production assistant; from October works as production assistant and assistant stage manager at the Prussian State Opera in Berlin, while studying music privately and exploring the problems of music theatre from a theoretical and practical standpoint
7 June: first independent production at the State Opera in Berlin, his father's opera Bruder Lustig, now renamed Andreasnacht, staged to mark the 75th anniversary of Siegfried Wagner's birth; following the closure of all German theatre in August, he is called up and works on temporary accommodation and air raid shelters in Bayreuth
In May, following the end of the war, involved in cleaning-up operations in Bayreuth, including Wahnfried; preoccupied with the problems of preserving the Bayreuth legacy both materially and conceptually
Takes over the running of the Bayreuth Festival, enjoying equal rights with his brother Wieland
The Bayreuth Festival is reopened after being dark since 1944
1952  The Bayreuth Festival productions of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre are taken on tour to Naples
Wolfgang directs his first Bayreuth production, Lohengrin; the Naples Ring is completed with Siegfried and Götterdämmerung
Together with Wieland Wagner takes the Bayreuth Festival production of Siegfried to Brussels
New production of Der fliegende Holländer in Bayreuth; together with Wieland Wagner organizes a visit to Barcelona, where the Bayreuth Festival presents its productions of Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal; in December directs Don Giovanni in Braunschweig
Directs Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Rome in March
1957  Directs Der Ring des Nibelungen in Venice in February and March, Tristan und Isolde in Bayreuth and Siegfried in Bologna in December
Revives Bayreuth production of Tristan und Isolde in Venice in February
Revives Bayreuth production of Tristan und Isolde in Palermo in February and directs new production of the Ring in Bayreuth
Directs Die Walküre in Palermo in February
Following Wieland's death on 17 October assumes overall control of the Bayreuth Festival
Organizes the Bayreuth Festival's visit to Osaka with his own production of Die Walküre and Wieland's production of Tristan und Isolde; new production of Lohengrin in Bayreuth
New production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Bayreuth
New production of the Ring in Bayreuth
New production of Parsifal in Bayreuth
Directs Tristan und Isolde in Milan in April
New production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Bayreuth
New production of Tannhäuser in Bayreuth; directs Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Dresden in December
Directs Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden in December
New production of Parsifal in Bayreuth; the Bayreuth Festival visits Tokyo, where it presents Wolfgang's production of Tannhäuser
Directs Lohengrin in Taormina in September
Publishes autobiography, Acts; awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Bayreuth
New production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Bayreuth
Directs Lohengrin in Tokyo in November

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