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Photo of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) in 1871 at Icons of Europe's portal commemorating Wagner's 200-year anniversary in 2013. Source: Wikipedia.

Wagner 200 Years Jahre

A ranking of the top-15 greatest composers of all time sees Richard Wagner (1813-1883) as n° 4 - in the heels of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.

"Wagner only wrote operas, which he termed 'music dramas'.  But of them, his finest masterpieces are Tannhäuser, Lohengrin in which you’ll find the world famous 'Here Comes the Bride' theme, Tristan und Isolde which some consider his finest achievement, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Parsifal, and his gargantuan four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen."

Geburtstag von Wagner: 22 Mai 2013
200 Jahre Verdi und Wagner im 2013
... and also:  Jenny Lind Gala Concert

New Book / Jenny Lind
A whole chapter of Icons of Europe's new book
Le Rêve de Chopin will reveal Jenny Lind's
artistic relationship with Wagner. >> Hint 13 July

Wagner and Symbolism

Icons of Europe has developed a research paper for Wagner 2013 on "Wagner and Symbolism". It reveals the secret about who commissioned Lohengrin and why the last scene was revised in 1850.Why did Wagner revise the very last scene of Lohengrin in 1850? Icons of Europe's new book will in 2013 tell the story.

Resources for Wagner

- Wagner Jahr 2013 | Biography & works
- Bayreuther Festspiele | Bayreuth 2013
- Opera search | Richard ist Leipziger
- Int'l Ass. of Wagner Societies | Events
- Individual societies | Wagneropera.net
- The Wagnerian | La Scala 2012-2013
- Wien | Wagner World Wide www2013
- TV scenes (1984) | 2-hr film (1983)
- New Film 2013 | Great sopranos

- "Why go to the opera?"
Countdown 2013

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Meanwhile, comment at @ElsaBrabant and enjoy Wagner's music dramas:

Icons of Europe has developed a research paper for Wagner 2013 on "Wagner and Symbolism". It reveals the secret about who commissioned Lohengrin and why the last scene was revised in 1850.- Calendar 2012 | 2013
- Lohengrin: Elsa | Ortrud

- Elsa of Brabant
- Wedding scene MET
- Mein Lieber Schwan NG

- Liebestod / Nilsson

Liszt made piano transcriptions of Wagner's works: e.g. Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde.

>> Verdi 200 years in 2013 | W & V

 
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Liszt was a close friend and early supporter of Wagner, who married Liszt's daughter Cosima.
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Jenny Lind

A whole chapter of Icons of Europe's new book Le Rêve de Chopin will reveal Jenny Lind's artistic relationship with Wagner.
Lohengrin

Queen Victoria, patron and confidant of Jenny Lind, invited Wagner to direct excerpts of Lohengrin in London in 1855.  The Queen’s poet Alfred Tennyson and ...
The greatest
composers?

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Wagner and Verdi among the top-10.

Thomas Edison 1890

The Thomas Edison museum in USA released early 2012 the first-ever recording of Chopin's music and other great composers. >> More


At Icons of Europe's portal for Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901).  He was a giant of the opera world and his popularity is enduring.Verdi and Wagner 200 years 2013:

- Icons of Europe's Verdi portal
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Wagner & Verdi at La Scala 2012-2013
- "Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries"
- Verdi and Wagner:  Reading and play lists
- "The Parallel Lives of Verdi and Wagner"

Wagner writes about Jenny Lind:

- 10 December 1845 to his wife:  "... and Tuesday Don Giovanni with
the LIND at Berlin.  Could things have fitted better?"


- 12 December 1845 to his wife:  "... I'm really only staying on today
to see the LIND in Norma".

P.S.  Grace Moore sings Casta Diva in a 1930 film.  She died in
a plane crash in 1947 on her way to Stockholm.  Jenny Lind sang
Norma last time as opera in Stockholm 12 April 1848.

Wagner and Rossini disliked each other:
- “After Rossini dies, who will there be to promote his music?” - Wagner
- “Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours” - Rossini

Quotes attributed to Wagner


Displayed by Icons of Europe: Wagner explaining his Ring cycle to this wife (Cosima Wagner née Liszt), Franz Liszt and Hans von Wolzogen. Painting by W. Beckmann. © Richard Wagner Museum, Luzern.

Die Wagners in einem Gemälde von Beckmann, 1881:  Cosima Wagner (née Liszt),
Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt und Hans von Wolzogen in der Villa Wahfried in Bayreuth.
Painting by W. BeckmannSource.  © Richard Wagner Museum, Luzern.
Meet
Katharina Wagner (b. 1978), great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner
and great-great granddaughter of Franz Liszt
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