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Gudrun Wagner

Gudrun Wagner German opera manager

German opera manager
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Intro German opera manager
A.K.A. Gudrun Mack, Gudrun Armann
Was Musician Composer Writer
From Germany
Type Literature Music
Gender female
Birth 15 June 1944, Olsztyn, Poland
Death 28 November 2007, Bayreuth, Germany (aged 63 years)
Star sign GeminiGemini
Family
Spouse: Wolfgang Wagner
Children: Katharina WagnerEva Wagner-PasquierGottfried Wagner
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Biography

Gudrun Wagner (née Armann; 15 June 1944 – 28 November 2007) was the second wife of Wolfgang Wagner, sole director of the Bayreuth Festival since 1967. Her behind-the-scenes influence led her to be considered virtual co-director.

Biography

Wagner was born as Gudrun Armann in Allenstein, East Prussia. She grew up in Lower Bavaria near Regensburg, where she was moved at the age of four weeks because of World War II. She worked as a secretary in the press department of the Bayreuth Festival from 1965. In 1970 she married Dietrich Mack, editor of Cosima Wagner's diary. She later became the assistant of Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of Richard Wagner and director of the Bayreuth Festival which the composer founded.

She and Wolfgang Wagner each divorced their spouses in order to marry each other in 1976. Their daughter Katharina, who succeeded her father as co-director of the festival, was born in 1978.

Although officially keeping a low profile, she exercised influence on the festival from behind the scenes. Wolfgang Wagner's attempt in 2001 to install his wife as successor did not pass a vote of the board of the festival foundation.

She had been recovering from an operation in hospital in Bayreuth when she died.

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http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/musik/0,1518,520138,00.html
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j8HNPVURN23PUO05W9_N2cInqLAg
https://web.archive.org/web/20110520113438/http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j8HNPVURN23PUO05W9_N2cInqLAg
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article3012815.ece
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb135709309
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb135709309
https://d-nb.info/gnd/133876640
http://isni.org/isni/0000000022597427
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/cb117eeb-0d0c-497f-875e-6311af14792f
https://viaf.org/viaf/23342517
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/23342517
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