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Posted by april13 on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 1:09pm.

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.

1. (Broken Link Removed)

2. http://www.island-of-freedom.com/WAGNER.HTM

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wagner#Final_years

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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