Leipzig celebrates its famous son Richard Wagner in 2013


Photo: Tom Schulze
Photo: Tom Schulze

Leipzig is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, who was born here on 22 May 1813. Whoever wants to understand the young Wagner must come to Leipzig, especially in the anniversary year 2013: 137 events have been scheduled in Wagner’s honour, 70 of which during the City of Leipzig Richard Wagner Festival (16-26/05/2013).

In a unique cooperation between Leipzig Opera and the Bayreuth Festival Wagner’s early works Die FeenRienzi and Das Liebesverbot will have their premiere, accompanied by the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Events like the Ring for Children at the Musical Comedy Theatre, the performance of the Götterdämmerung at the newly opened Paulinum of Leipzig University (22/05/2013), the opening of the Wave Gothic Festival with Parsifalor the cross-genre project “Wagner Reloaded – Apocalyptica meets Wagner” (05 and 06/07/2013) also cater for the younger generation.

Beside musical highlights many interesting exhibitions are on offer, e.g. “Richard Wagner – his passions and burdens” at the Museum of City History (13/03-26/05/2013), “Wagner’s Mythology” at the Klinger Villa (21/04-08/07/2013) and “World Creators: Wagner – Klinger – May” at the Museum of Fine Arts (16/05-15/09/2013). On 21 May a permanent exhibition about the young Richard Wagner will be opened at the Old St. Nicholas School. One day later, a new Wagner memorial by the internationally renowned artist Stephan Balkenhol will be inaugurated.

Wagner is known as a reformer of European music in the 19th century and a trailblazer of modernity. In Leipzig he attended St. Nicholas School, St. Thomas School and Leipzig University. From St. Thomas Cantor Theodor Weinlig and Gewandhaus musician Gottlieb Müller he learned the musical skills that would put him on the map forever.

A survey of Wagner’s life in Leipzig, the complete events programme and travel deals are available on www.richard-wagner-leipzig.de

For information, travel deals, accommodation:
Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH, Tourist Information, Katharinenstr. 8, 04109 Leipzig, 

Tel.: +49 341 7104260, e-mail: info@ltm-leipzig.dewww.leipzig.travel

By Susie Potter

Susie Potter is a 2009 graduate of Meredith College where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina Statue University. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. For more information visit SusiePotter.com.

1 comment

  1. These events sound great! A really good time to visit Leipzig. Wagner is a composer worth honouring so I am glad there is so much happening to celebrate his anniversary. I definitely want to visit some of these events such as the exhibition on Wagner’s passions and burdens.

    Anyone looking for accommodation in Leipzig for this event can find it here.

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