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Richard Wagner
(1813 - 1883)

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1813 Born 22 May, in Leipzig; son of police official
1831 Enrols at Leipzig University to study music
1834 Writes first opera, Die Feen
1836 Weds actress Minna Planer
1839 After conducting post in Riga finishes, leaves Russia secretly to escape creditors
1841 Lives in poverty in Paris
1842 Premiere of Rienzi; becomes Director of Dresden Opera
1849 Begins Der Ring des Nibelungen
1857 Love affair with Mathilde Wesendonk inspires Tristan und Isolde
1862 Begins love affair with Cosima von Bülow
1866 First wife, Minna, dies
1870 Weds Cosima, by whom he already had three children. Meets important patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria
1876 Premiere of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Bayreuth
1883 Dies 13 February
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