Wagner, Wieland

SCENERY BUILDER (GERMANY)
BORN 5 Jan 1917, Bayreuth - DIED 17 Oct 1966, München
GRAVE LOCATION Bayreuth, Bayern: Stadtfriedhof

Son of Siegfried Wagner and grandson of Richard Wagner. He grew up in Bayreuth where Adolf Hitler, a close friend of his mother, was a frequent visitor during his youth. In 1941 he married dancer and choreographer Gertrud Reissinger.

During the war he still visited Hitler in Berlin. He avoided entering the army as a soldier by becoming a deputy civilian leader at the Bayreuth sattelite (Aussenlager) of the Flossenbürg concentration camp. After the war he told his children that he hadn't been a supporter of the nazi's.

Together with his brother Wolfgang he became festival director of the Festspiele in Bayreuth when the festival reopened in 1951. As a stage director and a designer he introduced a new style to the opera's that had mostly been performed in the way that Richard Wagner had created them in the previous century. His 1951 version of "Parsifal" was staged for a long time in Bayreuth. Apart from Bayreuth he worked in Naples, London, Paris and other cities.

During the early 1960s he fell in love with the young Anja Silja, one of the singers he had hired for Bayreuth. He left his family for her. In 1965 he received the German Pour le Mérite order. The next year he died of lung cancer.

Family
• Father: Wagner, Siegfried
• Mother: Wagner-Williams, Winnifred
• Wife: Reissinger, Gertrud (1941-, Nußdorf, Bodensee)
• Brother: Wagner, Wolfgang

Related persons
• has a connection with Mödl, Martha
• was opponent of Preetorius, Emil

Sources
Biografisch Worterbuch zur Deutsche Geschichte, Francke Verlag, München, 1975
• Gutman, Robert, Richard Wagner, Der Mensch, sein Werk, seine Zeit, Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, München, 1989
• Marek, George R., Cosima Wagner, Ein Leben für ein Genie, Knaur, München, 1993
• Hamann, Brigitte, Winifred Wagner oder Hitlers Bayreuth, Piper, München, 2003
Wieland Wagner - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Siegfried, Wieland and Winnifred Wagner at the Stadtfriedhof, Bayreuth.
Picture by Androom (25-08-1996)

 

The Wagner gravesite at the Stadtfriedhof, Bayreuth.
Picture by Androom (24 Jan 2006)

 


Wagner, Wolfgang

Published: 27 Dec 2008
Last update: 27 Dec 2008