Theatre director, polemicist, and conductor known for his operas and music dramas. His "Tristan und Isolde" presaged modern music.
He attended an 1829 performance by famed dramatic soprano Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, and he would credit her with inspiring his sense of music and drama and how they could be most effectively used in opera.
He constructed the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, his own opera house where many of his stage works, such as "The Ring Cycle" and "Parsifal," premiered.
He was married to Christine Wilhelmine Minna Planer on November 24, 1836, and later to Cosima Liszt on August 25, 1870.
He was Adolf Hitler's favorite composer and was often cited by Hitler as being an inspiration on his vision for Germany.