BORN 6 Jun 1869, Triebschen (near Luzern) - DIED 4 Aug 1930, Bayreuth|
GRAVE LOCATION Bayreuth, Bayern: Stadtfriedhof
Only son of the Richard Wagner and his mistress Cosima von Bülow
(who married Wagner in 1870). After he was born his father composed
the "Siegfriedidyll". |
Siegfried Wagner was taught music by Engelbert Humperdinck, who had assisted his father with the staging of his last opera Parsifal. The "Sohn des Meisters" ("son of the master") wrote opera's himself and "Der Bärenhäuter" (1898) became a moderate succes in Munich, but his other opera's failed to become popular and after his death four of them had never been performed.
In 1909 he became the leader of the Festspiele in Bayreuth, replacing his ailing mother Cosima. Siegfried was a nationalist, loathed democracy (not uncommon in those days), detested jews and was very enthousiastic about the young Hitler, who had become a personal friend of the Wagners long before he came to power.
Siegfried worked hard and continued to do so when his health started to fail. As a result he had a heart attack and he died a few weeks later.
It was claimed that he had a son, Walter Aign (1901-1977), by the wife of a clergyman from Bayreuth. But there was no proof for this and Wagner certainly had homosexual relations with other men. Pushed by his family to produce an heir (and under the threath of being blackmailed because of his homosexuality by Maximilian Harden) he finally married in 1915 and his young wife Winnifred bore him four children in rapid succession.
After Siegfried died in 1930 Winnifred succeeded him as the leader of the Festspiele. His sons Wieland and Wolfgang took over the Festspiele after the Second World War.
Mother: Liszt, Cosima
Father: Wagner, Richard
Son: Wagner, Wieland
Son: Wagner, Wolfgang
Wife: Wagner-Williams, Winnifred
Sister: Bülow, Daniela von
was pupil to Humperdinck, Engelbert
was a friend of Kittel, Carl
was pupil to Mottl, Felix
Blunt, Wilfrid, The Dream King, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1973
Encyclopedie van de Muziek, 1959
Hamann, Brigitte, Winifred Wagner oder Hitlers Bayreuth, Piper, München, 2003