The Wagner House project has received conceptual support of the Saeima (Parliament) and Government of the Republic of Latvia. On September 19, 2019, the law on transferring the Wagner House […]
The Riga Richard Wagner House was built in 1782 as the Riga City Theater. In the period between 1837 and 1839 when Richard Wagner was appointed chief conductor of the theater, it became a center of the cultural life of Riga.
The technical condition of the building is unsatisfactory: cracks in the walls have appeared because of the settling of the foundation and it is necessary to reinforce the foundation, repair the ceiling and renovate the utilities. A full cosmetic renovation and restoration of the historical elements is in order.
THE WAGNER HOUSE
Richard Wagner, the exceptional composer and conductor whose music has filled the world’s biggest concert halls and opera houses, has given us one of the brightest chapters in the history of German, Latvian and world culture. Although he spent only a short time in Riga, we can be proud that it was here that he was most productive and created a vast cultural legacy. Given the enormous personal and creative impact of Richard Wagner, I am happy that Riga Richard Wagner Society continues to work on the restoration of the beautiful Wagner’s House. It is a place of great historical and cultural value. After restoration, it should become an important international culture hub of Northern Europe. It will also become a Latvian cultural landmark and enrich our culture.
– Egils Levits
President of Latvia
Once you’ve been in the building and imagined how it could be enlivened and filled with music, it never lets you go. To bring this vision to life – that’s what I am passionately committed to. A unique building complex with music-historical significance will become a meeting place for young musicians from all over the world – it will be a success story.
– Eva Wagner-Pasquier
Granddaughter of Richard Wagner
THE WAGNER HOUSE
It is our vision is to fill the Wagner House, after it has been renovated, with a new and contemporary content.
The equal combination of all arts was Wagner`s goal. He became familiar with the structural conditions for this during his time in Riga, so we can assume that Riga was the starting point for the holistic approach of his work.
Under the banner of “GesamtkunstWerk21”, the building will be used for a variety of purposes and in a wide range of combinations.
In addition to theatre performances, concerts, and the exhibits of the Wagner museum, the house will become an incubator for “GesamtkunstWerk21” – a total work of art of the 21st century. Classical artists together with creative people of all areas will work in this “Werk” (factory in German) and produce something completely new. In this way, every year a new Gesamtkunstwerk will be created, entirely in the spirit of Wagner.
Master classes in music will also be held. Accomplished international masters will teach students from all over Europe and the world. The participants will have the opportunity to live and work in the building, similar to a Villa Massimo in Milan.
The renaissance of the German Theatre in Riga will be a symbol for the cultural and political history of Europe, which connects and reconciles people and can be seen, heard and experienced like a lighthouse in Northeastern Europe.
PLAN OF REBIRTH OF
THE WAGNER HOUSE
restoration of the building
CONTRIBUTION OF THE WAGNER HOUSE
TO CULTURAL LIFE
The rebirth of the Wagner House will promote a flourishing of cultural life and supply a venue for the development of classical music in Latvia.