Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs—musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas, or plot elements.
Contestant on the 7th series of The X Factor UK.
Born in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, he was taken to Rio de Janeiro when he was 8 months old and remained there until 1992. He then moved to England and gained dual citizenship. He worked as a PE teacher before competing on the X Factor.
Though he was technically born on February 23rd, his father wanted him to share a birthday, therefore all legal documentation, including his birth certificate, indicates that he was born on February 24th.
He had an older brother who died in 2002. He also has a younger brother and sister. He began dating his girlfriend Lydia, 36 years his junior, in 2012. The couple have two children, a son and daughter.
He competed against Cher Lloyd on The X Factor UK.
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