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The Big Book of Classical Music: 1000 years of music in 366 days
11. November 1st
November 1st, All Saints' Day, is an important day for Wagner. In 1853 he started work on his operatic triumph, Das Rheingold, and, just 18 years later to the day, he wrote to the authorities in Bayreuth proposing a brand new opera house. It went on to become one of the most famous opera houses in the world, with the schedules dictated by Wagner himself.