Tannhäuser (includes Bacchanale, Pilgrim's Chorus)
Richard Wagner


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The fourth of Wagner's operas to feature this year falls 17 places

Wagner didn't really do understated. His works were epic in scale, fantastically mythological in plot, and revolutionary in both length and orchestration. In the case of Tannhäuser, even the word 'opera' wasn't deemed to be sufficient: Wagner initially referred to it as a 'romantic grand opera' but then elevated the work to a 'consummate drama', as he described it to his wife Cosima in 1882.

Tim Albery's 2010 production of Tannhäuser at The Royal Opera House.