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German composer Richard Wagner was born on this date in 1813 in Leipzig. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the librettos and the music for his works. It was Wagner’s wish that one of his operas never be performed anywhere but at Bayreuth in his own opera house. In 1903, the Metropolitan Opera obtained a court ruling and staged the opera. Wagner’s widow Cosima then banned anyone involved in the New York production from working at Bayreuth. The monopoly was formally lifted in 1914 leading to 50 different productions around the world in that first year. What was this Wagner opera?
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Join Carl Grapentine and other fellow opera lovers August 7–10 as we tour one of our favorite domestic opera destinations in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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