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Birthplace on the Brühl

The young Richard Wagner - Leipzig 1813–1834

 
 
 
 
Der Leipziger Brühl, watercolour by Wilhelm Stockmann, 1825. The house where Richard Wagner was born can be seen on the left-hand edge of the picture. (Museum of City History, Leipzig)
Richard Wagner was born on 22nd May 1813, the year of the Battle of the Nations, at Brühl 3 (The House of the Red and White Lions) as the ninth child of the Wagner family. The building was demolished in 1886. Richard was baptized in St. Thomas Church on 16th August 1813. His father, Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Wagner (1770–1813), was an educated and respected clerk in the police force at the Leipzig municipal court with a particular interest in theatre. Just six months after Richard Wagner’s birth, his father died unexpectedly as a result of an epidemic of hospital typhus that broke out during the Battle of Leipzig. During Easter 1814, his widow Johanna Rosine Wagner, née Pätz, (1778–1848) married the actor Ludwig Geyer (1778–1821), who had been a close friend of the family since 1801. Two years later the entire family moved to Dresden, where Geyer was a court actor. Wagner spent the greater part of his youth in Dresden. Geyer often took the young Richard Geyer (as he was now known following his mother‘s marriage to Geyer) to theatre rehearsals, arousing his interest in the profession. The multi-talented Ludwig Geyer also introduced the boy to the basics of painting. Ludwig Geyer died prematurely of tuberculosis in 1821. Richard was then sent to his step-uncle, Karl Geyer, in Eisleben and barely a year later, for a short time, to his uncle in Leipzig, Adolf Wagner (1774–1835), a philologist, private scholar and translator. He lived in the Königshaus in the market square and was on friendly terms with Schiller and Goethe.
 
The house where Richard Wagner was born, demolished in 1886. Photo: Herrmann Walter 1886, (Museum of City History, Leipzig)
The house where Richard Wagner was born, demolished in 1886. Photo: Herrmann Walter 1886, (Museum of City History, Leipzig)
 
Richard Wagner’s baptismal record in the St Thomas Church register
Richard Wagner’s baptismal record in the St Thomas Church register
 
 
 
Source: Ein Leipziger (Leipzig Cultural Foundation)