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Richard Wagner Stages Richard Wagner

For all of the first performances of his operas, Richard Wagner always insisted on directing
the singers and closely controlled the creation of the stage designs. We take the viewer on a tour
of the past stagings that Wagner supervised, several which became the standard of Wagnerian
staging through most of the 19th and 20th centuries. A scenic “re-creation” of the Verwandlung
into the “Hall of the Grail” from the first performance of Parsifal (1882) is included as well.

Tristan Model 1865

Wagner's production of Tristan und Isolde
Hof- und Nationaltheater, Munich, 1865
stage settings designed by Angelo Quaglio

Wagner rehearses

Wagner rehearses Siegfried
in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, 1875
Sketch by Adoph Menzel

 

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