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Cosima Wagner
Original name: Cosima Francesca Gaetana De Flavigny Wagner
Birth: Dec. 25, 1837
Como
Lombardia, Italy
Death: Apr. 1, 1930
Bayreuth, Germany

Opera Director, Classical Music Folk Figure. The second wife of composer Richard Wagner, she assumed leadership of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus following her husband's death. The illegitimate child of pianist and composer Franz Liszt and author Marie d'Agoult, Cosima was raised within the artistic milieu of Europe, and, according to legend, experienced a rather unhappy childhood; married in 1857 to pianist and conductor Hans von Bulow, she bore him two children, but was soon to seek the companionship of Wagner, with whom she began a romantic relationship in 1863. After Cosima lived with Wagner from 1866 on (bearing him three children), von Bulow finally agreed to a divorce, and the couple married. From the first, Cosima was to be a full partner to her husband, encouraging him in his work, especially completion of "The Ring" cycle. After the great composer's demise in 1883, Cosima took the helm at Bayreuth; her first effort was a restaging of the 1882 production of Wagner's last opera, "Parsifal", which was originally intended to be presented only at the Festspielhaus. Over the years, she was to stage all nine of the Wagnerian operatic works, always insisting that "The Ring" be performed in its original 1876 form. Cosima retired due to ill health in 1906, turning over management to her son Siegfried. A diary that she had kept between 1869 and 1883 was eventually published; she lived her final years in reduced financial circumstances, and was blind at the time of her death. Of her leaving von Bulow for Wagner, she said: "My love became for me a rebirth, a deliverance, a fading away of all that was trivial and bad in me...". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
  Marie d'Agoult (1805 - 1876)
 
 Spouses:
  Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
  Hans von Bülow (1830 - 1894)*
 
 Children:
  Daniela Senta von Bülow Thode (1860 - 1940)*
  Eva Chamberlain (1867 - 1942)*
  Siegfried Wagner (1869 - 1930)*
 
 Sibling:
  Cosima Wagner (1837 - 1930)
  Daniel Liszt (1839 - 1859)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
House Wahnfried
Bayreuth
Bayreuther Stadtkreis
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50173986
Cosima Wagner
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Cosima Wagner
Added by: Harmonie Autographs and Music, Inc.
 
Cosima Wagner
Added by: Harmonie Autographs and Music, Inc.
 
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