Wallem, Helena

BORN 28 Jun 1873 - DIED 27 Feb 1953, Bayreuth, Bayern
CAUSE OF DEATH influenza
GRAVE LOCATION Bayreuth, Bayern: Stadtfriedhof

After the early death of her parents Helena Wallem came to Riga. She was the foster daughter of the early Wagner biographer Carl Friedrich Glasenapp. She was his pupil and acted as his secretary, helpng him with his biography that was published in six volumes between 1876 and 1911. Together they visited the Festspiele frequently.

After his death in 1915 she founded of the Richard-Wagner-Gedäekstätte in Bayreuth. She acuired his library and in 1921 she relocated to Bayreuth. In her house at the Friedrichstrasse 19 she created a Wagner room when the first Festspiele after World War I were held in Bayreuth. In 1927 the city of Baureuth acquired her collection and under her direction it was displayed at the Neues Schloss. She worked there until her death in 1853.

Helena Wallem was known as an 'Alt-Wagnerian', which meant she was not in favour of the modernisations that were introduced at the Festspiele in the 1930s. She died in 1953. The museum was moved to Wagner's former home Wahnfried in 1976.

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The grave of Helena Wallem at the Stadtfriedhof, Bayreuth.
Picture by Androom (24 Aug 2014)


Walschap, Gerard

Published: 01 Apr 2022
Last update: 01 Apr 2022