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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice


Villa Wahnfried, Bayreuth 2008


Villa Wahnfried was Richard Wagner's house. It is now a museum. The construction of Villa Wahnfried began in 1872 and was completed in 1874. Richard Wagner and his second wife Cosima are buried in the garden.

Villa Wahnfried: The entrance. Only the front of Wahnfried is still original, the garden side (see below) has been reconstructed. All photos from Villa Wahnfried by Per-Erik Skramstad with permission from the Museum.

Wagner and his family (Cosima, and the children Daniela, Blandine (from Cosima's previous marriage with Hans von Bülow), Isolde, Eva and Siegfried - moved in on 28 April 1874. Up until Wieland Wagner's death in 1966 Haus Wahnfried was used as a house for the Wagner family.

How to find Wahnfried in Bayreuth

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More Villa Wahnfried

The exhibition at Villa Wahnfried has been much critisized for concealing the Wagner Festival's ties to the Nazi movement. When Wagneropera.net visited Wahnfried in 2008 only a tiny photograph of Hitler was to be seen. For photographs nearer the truth, see Der Ring des Nibelungen in Bayreuth von den Anfängen bis heute.


Bust of King Ludwig II outside Villa Wahnfried.


Villa Wahnfried from the garden.


detail Villa Wahmfried

Detail of Wahnfried.


wahnfried in herheims parsifal

The garden of Villa Wahnfried served as sets for the beginning of Act 1 of Stefan Herheim's production of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008.
Photo: Enrico Nawrath/Bayreuther Festspiele

Wahnfried WAgner's grave

Villa Wahnfried seen from Richard Wagner's grave.

"To Richard and Cosima Wagner's graves."



Villa Wahnfried from the garden.


Detail of the stones used for the reconstruction.

The inside of Haus Wahnfried







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