Week 1: Wagner’s rapidly maturing style, from his early operas up to his first masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman.
Week 2: The remarkable achievement of Tannhäuser and Lohengrin, and the vexing question of where to go next.
Week 3: Beginning The Ring: crafting the poetry and music for The Rheingold and The Valkyrie.
Week 4: Finishing The Ring: completing the music for Siegfried and The Twilight of the Gods and bringing the massive tetralogy to the stage.
Week 5: The daring innovations of Tristan and Isolde and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.
Week 6: Wagner’s last and most personal drama, Parsifal; his enduring legacy and influence.