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    12 August 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



ZOOM WEBINAR: Wednesday 12th August, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

On 12th of August via a live Zoom event for the Wagner Society, representatives of GesamtkunstWerk21 will present their development plans for the German Theatre in Riga in Latvia. Richard Wagner stayed in Riga with his first wife Minna for two years and filled the position of Music Director at the theatre. Riga’s theatre was the opera house in which Wagner started his musical experiences and began to experiment with a partially covered orchestra pit, which he brought to perfection in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus much later.
In Riga, Wagner’s major expansions and developments in relation to grand opera also began to emerge, especially the text and score for his Grand Opéra “Rienzi” where the first two acts were created.  From Riga, Wagner fled to London to escape his creditors, where legend tells that the stormy crossing inspired “The Flying Dutchman”. Thus Riga is one of the most formative places for his work alongside Dresden, Venice and Bayreuth.  In this Live Zoom event, this very special project to reconstruct and renovate the German Theatre, which includes the “Wagner Hall”, will be presented and discussed.
Behind this major project is the former Latvian Prime Minister Maris Gailis, Chairman of the Riga Richard Wagner Society. A large number of comrades-in-arms such as the current president of Latvia, Egils Levits, the Wagner great-granddaughter Eva Wagner-Pasquier, the German-Baltic and the German- Baltic exchange member of parliament Elisabeth Motschmann with the project manager Dr. Konrad Winckler and Mechthild Foet are represented as well as the Richard Wagner Associations and some sponsors who are involved in the reconstruction and renovation of the building complex.
The project was presented to the European Parliament in Brussels and met with great participation and lively interest.  The laying of the foundation stone will take place at the beginning of 2021 and the completion should be in 2024, if all goes to plan. The total cost of the renovation is 35 million euros. Following the conditions of the EU for subsidies, which may not be paid directly to the projects but via neutral cultural institutions in Europe, the funding will be channelled via the RWVI. The amounts received by the RWVI will be transferred in full to the company in Riga.
Our Wagner Society supports the plans for this exciting building and renovation complex as an international music centre with its own concert hall and diverse training facilities for classical music and musicology under one roof, and to revive Richard Wagner’s legacy in Riga and in this part of Europe. Here the famous sentence of Richard Wagner once again shows itself to be particularly relevant:
“Kinder, schafft Neues!”
This online event is free to all members (non-members £5).  Please register your interest below and you will be sent a Zoom link to the talk on Wednesday in good time for the lecture. If you wish to make a donation, please do so via our website (see button to the right) or contact   (NOTE: Joint members intending to watch this lecture together only need to register once.)



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