2013 marks two hundred years since Richard Wagner was born. As part of a special series on the composer, Deutsche Welle accompanied a film team following the production of Wagner's 'Ring Cycle' in Buenos Aires.
A new exhibition looks at how the Nazis used opera as a powerful tool of propaganda, especially during the Nuremberg Rallies. Hitler was personally involved in the staging of some epic Wagner productions.
Hitler loved the music of Richard Wagner and was a special guest in Bayreuth. While much has been said about Wagner in the Nazi era, the Bayreuth Festival has launched a new lecture series to dig deeper.
He was the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and like a stepson to Adolf Hitler. Wieland Wagner, credited with revitalizing the Bayreuth Festival after World War II, would have turned 100 this year.
Richard Wagner's Festspielhaus theater is freshly restored, but the myth and mystique of his festival seems tarnished as it wraps up the season. Little seems to excite the public other than rumors in the pipeline.
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