Today, 22 May 2013, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of German operatist Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883). Wagner was a contentious figure in his own time, and musicians and enthusiasts remain divided even today over his musical and personal legacies.
What is relatively certain is that few composers have had such far-reaching influence on the development of the musical language of our culture, and it is in the operas of Richard Wagner that musical theater as an art form reached its zenith in terms of grandeur, dramatic intensity, and artistic integration. 

Today, 22 May 2013, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of German operatist Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883). Wagner was a contentious figure in his own time, and musicians and enthusiasts remain divided even today over his musical and personal legacies.

What is relatively certain is that few composers have had such far-reaching influence on the development of the musical language of our culture, and it is in the operas of Richard Wagner that musical theater as an art form reached its zenith in terms of grandeur, dramatic intensity, and artistic integration. 

22 May 2013 ·

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