The first ever overview of 150 years of Wagner performances in Zurich. The exhibition features some 150 set designs and models, production photographs, programmes and other items from Swiss collections - from the ‘Flying Dutchman’ to Bob Wilson’s design for the ‘Ring of the Nibelung’. It reveals how music and the visual and performing arts combine to create Wagner’s ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’.
Following his involvement in the May Uprising in Dresden, Richard Wagner spent nine years in exile in Zurich. There, he wrote a number of essays on art and the treatise ‘A Theatre in Zurich,’ and he composed large parts of the ‘Ring.’ At the “Aktientheater” Wagner conducted works by Mozart, Weber and Beethoven as well as his own ‘Flying Dutchman’ and ‘Tannhäuser.’ Since then, Wagner performances have a long tradition in Zurich.
A catalogue ‘Valkyries over Zurich’, published by the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, accompanies the exhibition.
Supported by the Zurich Festival, Privatbank IHAG Zürich AG, the Goethe-Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft and the Ernst Göhner Foundation.