a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama, and which was announced in a series of essays between 1849 and 1852
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01/02/1843-Richard Wagner's opera Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) premieres in Dresden
10/19/1845-Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser premieres in Dresden
10/19/1845-Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser is produced in Dresden
08/28/1850-Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin premieres in Weimar, Germany
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