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Wagner: 15 facts about the great composer
14. Soap opera
Wagner gained a certain amount of inspiration from his brief 'affair' with Mathilde Wesendonck, who was married to silk merchant Otto Wesendonck. Even though Mathilde wasn't too keen on Wagner, he still wrote adoring letters to her - one of which was intercepted by his partner at the time, Minna Planer. Whoops.