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Leipzig, Dresden & Bayreuth - Wagner Remembered

2013 has been the anniversary year of the composer Richard Wagner's birth, 200 years ago. That makes it a perfect occasion to revisit some of the most important places associated with him.

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Opera House in Bayreuth

Opera House in Bayreuth

We start with the city where the composer was born: Leipzig. Richard Wagner went to school here, at least when he wasn't cutting class. He preferred to take harmony lessons on the sly. These were the first steps for what would be a long and often hard career. Today, a walking tour covers 25 sites in Leipzig connected to Wagner. In 1842, Richard Wagner made his breakthrough as an opera composer with 'Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes' at the Royal Saxon Court Theater, now Dresden's famous Semperoper. And Wagner remains a regular on the bill. Inevitably, we head to Bayreuth. Originally, the festival was meant to be held in the Margravial Opera House, but it proved too small. So the composer simply had the town build him a theatre, the Festspielhaus, atop a "Green Hill" especially for his operas. And the rest is - literally - history.