Birth anniversaries should be celebrated in style. And Leipzig is doing just that. Germany’s powerful industrial town is in a celebratory mood. And rightfully so. This year marks the 200th birth anniversary of Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Leipzig’s most famous son. As many as 137 events will be held all through the year. Almost half of them are slated during the City of Leipzig Richard Wagner Festival from May 16-26, 2013. The revelry will reach a crescendo on May 22, 2013, the birthday of the influential yet controversial composer. World-reckoned artist Stephan Balkenhol will throw open the doors of a new Wagner Memorial to the world on this day.
You may remember him for his epic operas but Richard Wagner was a man of many dimensions. Widely acknowledged as the reformer of European music in the 19th century the Leipzig born iconic figure was a composer, conductor, theatre director and polemicist all rolled into one. Such a rare talent deserves to be celebrated today. And Leipzig, his city of birth is leaving no stone unturned to make his 200th year of birth a special one. The Leipzig Opera and the Bayreuth Festival have come together to spearhead the events on a lavish scale. Wagner’s fans and especially the youth will soon be treated to a series of exhibitions besides other musical highlights like Rienzi and Das Liebesverbot along with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Just recently, Wagner’s early work, Die Feen premiered at Leipzig Opera.
And this is just the beginning. For all the admirers of Richard Wagner’s incredible body of work Leipzig is surely the place to be in this year!