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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.
Father: Wagner, Siegfried
Mother: Wagner-Williams, Winnifred
Wife: Reissinger, Gertrud (1941-, Nußdorf, Bodensee)
Brother: Wagner, Wolfgang
has a connection with Mödl, Martha
was opponent of Preetorius, Emil
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