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Richard Wagner’s Operas (List)

For many opera-goers, Richard Wagner’s operas are among the highlights of the repertoire. Wagner created a total of 15 stage works in his lifetime. But only the last ten (from the Flying Dutchman to Parsifal) may be performed at the famous Bayreuth Festival – Wagner himself stipulated that.

Wagner was known as a slow worker. That is why it is interesting to take a look at the following table of all Wagner operas and the periods in which they were written: Wagner worked on the “Götterdämmerung” (with numerous interruptions) for 26 years!

In addition, you will find the respective work numbers in the Wagner-Werk-Verzeichnis (WWV) as well as the dates of the world premieres.

TitleWagner-Werk-Verzeichnis (WWV)Period of CreationWorld Premiere
Die Hochzeit (unfinished)1832
Die FeenWWV 321833–183429 June 1888, Munich (posthumous)
Das Liebesverbot / Die Novize von PalermoWWV 381834–183629 March 1836, Magdeburg
Männerlist größer als Frauenlist / Die glückliche Bärenfamilie (unfinished)18377 March 2013, Berlin ("Berlin Version", posthumous) / 27 June 2013, Nuremberg ("Nuremberg Version", posthumous)
Rienzi, der Letzte der TribunenWWV 491837–184020 October 1842, Dresden
Der Fliegende HolländerWWV 631840–1841 (revised 1852 and 1864)2 January 1843, Dresden
Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf WartburgWWV 701842–1845 (revised 1847, 1860, 1861 and 1875)19 October 1845, Dresden
LohengrinWWV 751845–184828 August 1850, Weimar
Das RheingoldPre-evening of Ring des Nibelungen, WWV 861851–185422 September 1869, Munich
Die WalküreFirst day of Ring des Nibelungen, WWV 861851–185626 June 1870, Munich
SiegfriedSecond day of Ring des Nibelungen, WWV 861851–187116 August 1876, Bayreuth
GötterdämmerungThird day of Ring des Nibelungen, WWV 861848–187417 August 1876, Bayreuth
Tristan und IsoldeWWV 901856–185910 June 1865, Munich
Die Meistersinger von NürnbergWWV 961845–186721 June 1868, Munich
Parsifal ("Bühnenweihfestspiel")WWV 1111865–188226 July 1882, Bayreuth
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