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||22nd May: Richard Wagner is born in Leipzig, the son of Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Wagner, a clerk in the police force, and his wife Johanna Rosine, nee. Pätz.
23rd November: Death of his father
||28th August: Wagner’s mother marries Ludwig Geyer. The family then moves to Dresden.|
|1820||In early Autumn Wagner is enrolled as a boarder at Pastor Wetzel’s school in Possendorf.|
|1821||30th September: Death of Ludwig Geyer|
|1822||2nd December: Wagner is sent to the Kreuz Grammar School in Dresden.|
|1827||8th April: Wagner is confirmed.|
||21st January: Wagner enters the Nikolai Grammar School in Leipzig. He begins his studies in composition in the same year.|
|1830||16th June: Wagner transfers to the Thomas School.
24th December: Performance of his Overture in B flat major (now lost) at the Leipzig Theatre.
|1831||23rd February: Wagner matriculates as a student of music at the University of Leipzig. In the autumn he begins to take composition lessons with the Cantor at St Thomas’ Christian Theodor Weinlig.|
|1832||Performance of some of his orchestral works in Leipzig|
|1833||In January Wagner moves to Würzburg to take up a post as choir master.|
||In the summer Wagner becomes Music Director of the Bethmann Theatre Company. He meets Minna Planer.|
||29th March: First performance of Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love).
7th June: Wagner follows Minna Planer to Königsberg.
24th November: Wagner marries Minna Planer in Königsberg.
||1st April: Wagner becomes Director of Music at the Königsberg Theatre.
21st August: Wagner arrives in Riga and becomes Director of Music at the theatre.
19th October: His wife Minna returns to Wagner after a five-month separation.
||In March Wagner loses his position at the Riga Theatre. .
9th July: Wagner embarks with Minna on a journey to London and then Paris.
17th September: Richard and Minna Wagner arrive in Paris.
|1842||April: Wagner settles in Dresden.
20th October: First performance of Rienzi
||2nd January: First performance of Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
2nd February: Wagner is made Hofkapellmeister (court master) in Dresden.
6th July: First performance of Das Liebesmahl der Apostel (The Feast of Pentecost)
|1845||19th October: First performance of Tannhäuser|
|1848||9th January: Death of Wagner’s mother|
|1849||Early May: Wagner takes part in the uprising in Dresden.
16th May: Following the failure of the uprising a warrant for Wagner’s arrest is issued.
24th May: Wagner flees to Switzerland.
September: Minna follows him there and they settle in Zurich.
|1850||In the spring Wagner stays in France and has an affair with Jessie Laussot.
3rd July: Wagner returns to Minna.
28th August: First performance of Lohengrin in Weimar.
|1852||15th December: Completion of the libretto of the Ring|
|1853||1st November: Begins composition of Das Rheingold|
|1855||From March to the end of July Wagner stays in London as a guest conductor.|
|1857||28th April: The Wagners move into a summerhouse in Zurich on the estate of Otto Wesendonk, a silk merchant, and his wife Mathilde.
1st October: Begins composition of Tristan and Isolde
|1858||Early January: Because of “confusion with the neighbours” Wagner retires to Paris for a few weeks.
17th August: Wagner leaves Zurich because of the turmoil in his marriage and travels to Venice.
In September Minna returns to Germany.
|1859||In March Wagner returns to Switzerland.
6th August: Wagner completes the score of Tristan and Isolde.
September: In order to prepare for concerts and the performance of Tannhäuser, Wagner settles in Paris, where he resumes living with Minna in September.
|1861||In July Wagner leaves his primary residence in Paris following his partial amnesty in Germany.|
|1862||In February Wagner moves into lodgings in Biebrich.|
|1863||Wagner travels to Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, Prague and Karlsruhe where he attends concerts etc.
12th May: Wagner moves into lodgings in Vienna, which he furnishes opulently.
28th November: According to his autobiography “My Life”, Wagner and Cosima von Bülow seal a vow to belong to each other alone.
|1864||In March Wagner is threatened with arrest for his debts. He flees to Stuttgart via Switzerland.
4th May: Wagner and King Ludwig II stand face to face for the first time in the Munich Residenz.
15th October: Wagner moves into a house in Briennerstrasse in Munich.
|1865||10th April: Isolde, Wagner’s first child with Cosima is born.
10th June: First performance of Tristan and Isolde in the National Theatre in Munich.
10th December: Wagner is forced to leave Munich as a persona non grata.
|1866||25th January: Minna Wagner dies.
15th April: Wagner moves into the Villa Tribschen near Lucerne.
|1867||17th February: Eva, Wagner’s second child with Cosima, is born.|
|1868||21st June: First performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg).|
|1869||6th June: Siegfried, Wagner’s third child with Cosima, is born.|
|1870||In July the marriage of Hans and Cosima von Bülow is formally dissolved by the court.
25th August: Richard und Cosima Wagner are married.
|1872||1st February: Wagner founds the administrative board of the Bayreuth Festival (Bayreuther Festspiele).|
|1873||2nd August: Inaugural celebration of the opening of the Festspielhaus|
|1874||28th April: The Wagner family moves into the Haus Wahnfried|
|1876||13th - 17th August: First performance of the Ring des Nibelungen|
|1882||26th July: First performance of Parsifal|
||13th February: Wagner dies in Venice following a heart attack.
18th February: Wagner is buried in the garden of the Haus Wahnfried