The Richard Wagner Museum is a place of learning and knowledge of international importance, not least because of its National Archives and research centre. The museum considers itself an international forum for the responsible handling of the composer’s important cultural and historical heritage.

By strengthening its scientific potential, the museum also positions itself as a centre for projects arising from cooperation with German and international research institutions and universities.

Find out here about publications in connection with our museum.

Sven Friedrich: Hermann Levi (1839-1900) – between Origin and Calling

To celebrate 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany, the member institutes of AsKI – museums, research institutes and documentation institutions, including the Richard Wagner Museum with National Archives – have opened their archives. Under the motto “tsurikrufn!” – the Yiddish word for remembering – impressive stories of Jewish personalities and their contributions to culture in Germany are told. The Richard Wagner Museum’s contribution is dedicated to the composer of the premiere of “Parsifal” Hermann Levi.

Hermann Levi (1839-1900) – zwischen Herkunft und Berufung

Stephan Mösch u. Sven Friedrich (Hg.): „Es gibt nichts ‚Ewiges‘“ – Wieland Wagner: Ästhetik, Zeitgeschichte, Wirkung.

(“Nothing is ‘eternal’” – Wieland Wagner: aesthetics, contemporary history, effect.)

As part of the anniversary exhibition marking the occasion of Wieland Wagner’s 100th birthday, the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth organized a scientific symposium on Wieland Wagner, curated and chaired by Museum Director Dr. Sven Friedrich and Prof. Dr. Stephan Mösch. Renowned speakers explored the aesthetic foundations and concepts of Wieland Wagner as well as the relationship between biography, art and politics on both sides of the historical watershed of 1945.

The contributions to the symposium have just been published in the series “Wagner in der Diskussion”, Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg.

38 €

The volume is available in the museum shop at the Richard Wagner Museum.

ISBN: 978-3-8260-6236-0

Titelseite des Buchs „‘Es gibt nichts Ewiges‘ – Wieland Wagner: Ästhetik, Zeitgeschichte, Wirkung.“, von Stephan Mösch und Sven Friedrich herausgegeben.

The Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth

To mark the occasion of the reopening of the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth, a publication was issued which gives insights into the extensive redesign of the museum. In text and pictures, the phases of the project are illustrated and explained – renovation, new construction and redesign – as well as the concept behind the new Richard Wagner Museum, with the three areas dealing with the life and works of Richard Wagner in Wahnfried House, the history of ideology in Siegfried Wagner House and the permanent exhibition around the history of the Bayreuth Festival.

The book is published by Deutscher Kunstverlag.

Available for free

in the museum shop at the Richard Wagner Museum.

Buch - Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth


The magazine “wagnerspectrum” is an open-minded platform for international research on Wagner, positioned as a central forum for discussion about Richard Wagner, his works and their reception. The journal’s aim is to bring together interdisciplinary research, analysis and debate around the person of Richard Wagner as well as his works, and their reception in such widely diverse areas as music, the theatre, literature, politics and philosophy, both in an historical and contemporary context.

Since 2005, the journal has been published twice a year.


Richard Wagner Complete Edition

For the first time, the Richard Wagner Complete Edition makes Wagner’s entire musical oeuvre accessible in reliable editions. An initial attempt at compiling Wagner’s work for scientific and practical purposes was made at the beginning of the 20th century by conductor Michael Balling, but did not go further than a ten-volume edition, which, moreover, was seriously flawed, and was discontinued after Balling’s death in 1925. Another attempt by Otto Strobel ground to a halt in the preliminary stages. This third attempt at a complete edition is the first critical, scientifically sound edition, compiled on the basis of all the sources available today, and the latest findings of Wagner research. At the same time, it is intended for practical musical purposes, so the sheet music has no philological annotations. The philological justifications for the edition are contained in separate critical reports which appear at the end of each individual volume.


Many hitherto unknown and some unpublished works –, especially versions of works – appear here for the first time. In addition, the compilation provides Wagner productions with reliable material, and Wagner researchers and enthusiasts with an authentic text source; contrary to widespread assumption, not even Wagner’s well-known works have always been published in reliable editions. In detailed documentation accompanying all the works, the origins, history and productions conducted by Wagner himself are presented, providing an almost seamless picture of Wagner’s intentions.

The work on the edition is funded by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, represented by the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn, and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Munich.

The Richard Wagner Complete Edition is published by Schott Music, Mainz.

Richard Wagner Collected Letters

Since March 1997, work has been in progress on a complete edition of the collected letters of Richard Wagner. The project is a continuation of the temporarily halted edition of “Richard Wagner: Collected Letters ” (9 volumes, Leipzig 1967-2000). Since early 2006, the research centre has been funded by the German Research Society (DFG) as a long-term project. The publication is commissioned by the Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth.

This edition is based on a complete catalogue of Richard Wagner’s letters, which was compiled between 1993 and 1997 as part of a project funded by the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) at the Institute of Musicology at the Ruhr University, Bochum. The Catalogue of Wagner’s Correspondence (Wagner-Briefe-Verzeichnis,WBV) was published in autumn 1998 by Breitkopf & Härtel in Wiesbaden. The database is being continuously updated and supplemented during the compilation of the collected letters. We welcome any information regarding documents handwritten by Wagner that might come to light in libraries, archives or private collections.


1997-2003: Society of the Friends of Bayreuth (Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth), Bavarian State Foundation (Bayerische Landesstiftung), Upper Franconian Foundation (Oberfrankenstiftung), Cultural Foundation of the Federal German States (Kulturstiftung der Länder)
2004-2005: Upper Franconian Foundation (Oberfrankenstiftung), German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG), Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
From 2006: German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG), Upper Franconian Foundation (Oberfrankenstiftung).

Scientific Advisory Board:
Prof. Dr. Dieter Borchmeyer (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Werner Breig (Erlangen), Prof. Dr. Sieghart Doehring (Thurnau), Dr. Sven Friedrich (Bayreuth), Prof. Dr. Andreas Haug (Erlangen), Prof. Dr. Andreas Haug (Erlangen), Prof. Dr. Werner Breig (Erlangen). Dr. Ulrich Konrad (Wuerzburg), Prof. Dr. Norbert Oellers (Bonn), Prof. Dr. Siegfried Scheibe (Berlin), Dr. Egon Voss (Munich), Eva Wagner-Pasquier (Bayreuth), Katharina Wagner (Bayreuth).

Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth