1813: Wagner & Verdi (Paperback)

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1813: Wagner & Verdi (Paperback)
By Peter Bassett

This beautiful book has been published to mark the bicentenary of the births of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, whose operas continue to enrich the lives of opera lovers everywhere. They were born at a time when Europe was convulsed by the Napoleonic wars, and when the nation states of Germany and Italy did not yet exist. Each became a master of musical-dramatic forms and transformed the way music was composed for the theatre, but their influence extended well beyond the stage. Peter Bassett’s new study of these two great figures of the nineteenth century is richly illustrated in full color with art works drawn from opera houses, museums and private collections. It features insightful commentaries and magnificent photographs of locations associated with the composers and their works.

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Bassett (March 1, 2012)
  • Dimensions: 9.4” W x 12” H


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History

Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen

Conceived and written over a period of more than 25 years, Wagner’s Ring cycle is an epic musical journey of four operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Its story of gods, dwarves, and men and the quest for an all-powerful ring was inspired by many sources, including 13th-century Icelandic writings and the medieval German Nibelungenlied. The complete cycle was first seen at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

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