|SCENERY BUILDER (GERMANY)|
BORN 5 Jan 1917, Bayreuth, Bayern - DIED 17 Oct 1966, München, Bayern|
CAUSE OF DEATH lung cancer
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 nazis.
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
|29/3/1918||Cosima plays the Steinway piano in Bayreuth for the first time since Richard Wagner's death. She played parts of the "Siegfried-Idyll" because of the birth of Wagner's first grandson Wieland. "The Siegfried-Idyll" was composed by Wagner after his son Siegfried was born. Afterwards Cosima would never play the Steinway again. [Liszt, Cosima][Wagner, Richard]|
|29/7/1951||Opening of the first Festspiele in Bayreuth after the Second World War. After the Second World War, the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth stood under American command. After a while the Americans granted the Wagner family permission to resume the Festspiele. Winifred Wagner wasn't allowed to return to her post as director. She was succeeded by her son Wieland Wagner. [Wagner, Richard][Wagner-Williams, Winnifred]|
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Wieland Wagner - Wikipedia