from the Museum
06. August 2006 Special Exhibition
"Sei mir gegrüsst, Du Tonjuwel"
Caricatures of Wagner, by Matthias Ose
More information about this Exhibition:
28 November 2004
Richard Wagner in Lucerne - an open-air theater
Wagner's time at Tribschen will be brought back to life-next summer!
An open-air theater is scheduled to be held on the idyllic peninsula
on Lake Lucerne, which is a perfect location for events on mild
summer evenings. For this reason, producer Christoph Risi, who has
already managed a number of major theater productions, has researched
Richard Wagner's life and works to create this theater production
"Wagner's Tribschen - His Years in Lucerne" is the title
of the play. It will be performed a total of 19 times from 6 July
to 20 August 2005. Renowned playwright Hansjörg Schneider envisions
the production as follows: "We would like to hold the performance
outdoors on the meadow in front of the villa at Tribschen at dusk.
The meadow is a perfect setting and allows for virtually everything,
including both realistic and fantastic elements. In the play, King
Ludwig II of Bavaria pays several visits, as do young philosopher
Nietzsche and Cosima's first husband, Hans von Bülow, who fights
in vain to win back his wife. These four characters-and Wagner-will
be played by professional actors and actresses." The remaining
roles will be cast with amateur actors and actresses; approximately
three dozen people will be required. Liliana Heimberg has been commissioned
to direct the piece. She will begin rehearsing the piece at the
end of November or the beginning of December. "This ensures
enough time for working out the technical aspects concerning acting
and also for developing the final version of the piece at a comfortable
pace." The music for this production will be composed by Felix
Schüeli, Jacqueline Kobler will be in charge of costumes, and
the scenery will be designed by Ueli Binggeli.
Please note: The theater production will be performed in
German and partially in Swiss German dialect.
More information is available (e.g., advance bookings) at:
15 March 2004
A sensational discovery
During the winter closing of the museum, a partial renovation was
carried out on the first floor of the Richard Wagner Museum. The historic
parquet floors can now be seen in splendid condition. On 10 February
2004, as a result of a renovation on the painted surface of the first
floor salon's ceiling, the ceiling's outer layer broke away. Traces
of an older polychrome (multi-coloured) painted ceiling became visible.
Restorer and building researcher Heinz Schwarz documented the rare
and unexpected find in agreement with the cantonal preservation society
and Lucerne's Office for Cultural Assets / Museums. From the earliest
results of the research and style comparison, it can be surmised that
the work could be a previously unknown ceiling fresco by Gottfried
Semper (1803-1879). Gottfried Semper, known to have been a close friend
of Richard Wagner, planned a ceiling fresco for the Hotel Schweizerhof
and a villa for Colonel Segesser von Brunegg, neither of which was
The vestiges of the fresco can be viewed during this year's opening
season, from 16 March to 30 November 2004, in their unrestored condition.
An information board provides further details about the discovery
and the status of the research.