Tannhäuser is an 1845 opera in three acts, music and text by Richard Wagner, based on two German legends: Tannhäuser, the legendary medieval German Minnesänger and poet, and the tale of the Wartburg Song Contest. The story centers on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love, a theme running through much of Wagner's mature work.
Wagner made a number of revisions of the opera throughout his life and was still unsatisfied with its format when he died. The most significant revision was made for the opera's premiere in Paris in 1861; the production there was however a failure, partly for political reasons.
The opera remains a staple of major opera house repertoire in the 21st century.
Tannhauser – Wolfgang Windgassen
Wolfram – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Elisabeth – Victoria de Los Angeles
Venus – Grace Bumbry
Bayreuth Opera House
Wolfgang Sawallisch – conductor
Opera D’Oro – Live 1961