Romantic opera from 1843

Richard Wagner
Composer, Librettist


Tannhäuser ([ˈtanhɔʏ̯zɐ]; full title Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg, "Tannhäuser and the Minstrel's Contest at the Wartburg") is an 1845 opera in three acts, music and text by Richard Wagner, based on two German legends; Tannhäuser, the legendary medieval German Minnesänger and poet, and the tale of the Wartburg Song Contest. The story centers on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love, a theme running through much of Wagner's mature work.

Wagner made a number of revisions of the opera throughout his life and was still unsatisfied with its format when he died. The most significant revision was made for the opera's premiere in Paris in 1861; the production there was however a failure, partly for political reasons.

The opera remains a staple of major opera house repertoire in the 21st century.

Year 1843
Opening Night 1845
Time Period Romantic
Opus WWV 70
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Baritone, Bass, Soprano, Tenor, Opera chorus


Tannhäuser: Overture to the Opera
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH 2010
Strohm, et al.
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH 2007
Jost, et al.
Tannhäuser: Bacchanale
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH
Hochkofler, et al.
Pilgrims Chorus, from "Tannhäuser"
Chester Music 1843
Barratt, et al.
Pilgrim's Chorus
J. Curwen & Sons 1843
Gillington, et al.
Pilgrims' Chorus from "Tannhäuser"
J. Curwen & Sons 1843
Wagner, et al.
Elisabeth, Wolfram, and the Elder Pilgrims
Novello & Company 1843
Wagner, et al.
Pilgrims' Chorus
Novello & Company 1843
Wagner, et al.
C. F. Peters 1843
Wagner, et al.
Pilgrim's Chorus, From "Tannhauser"
Cimarron Music Press 1843
Geese, et al.


Tannhauser: Act II: Dich, teure Halle, grüss ich wieder
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Tannhäuser: Act III: Sun to the Evening Star
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Tannhauser: Overture
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Richard Wagner: Einzug der Gäste
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Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music (Overture & Bacchanale)
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Wagner: Tanhauser: Ouverture et Bacchanale
This is a performance by mezzo-soprano Petra Lang.
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