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Was Richard Wagner ever commited into an insane asylum?

Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Here are some bios on Richard Wagner. They are most interesting and I saw Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival one summer. Skimming these bios, I did not see he had been institutionalized.

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No doubt he was obsessive. No doubt he was compulsive. He wrote early of Hamlet and King Lear, both having one leg across the line of sanity.
I don't think he was committed, however, he was in opera.
Austrian conductor Franz Schalk is noted for the most emblematic words about opera life: "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

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