Few opera premieres were as iconic in the history of Western music as the first performance of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser in Paris on 13 March 1861. The audience was in such uproar that Wagner withdrew his work after only three performances, and the event pitched artists, music lovers and critics in both Paris and Europe against each other for months to come. The fall-out of the affair was tremendous and became a cause cèlèbre for the complex interfaces of music, aesthetics and politics in the nineteenth century. This website provides a documentary resource for scholars interested in the Parisian Tannhäuser and its reception.
@ Annegret Fauser 2008