Lavishly produced and elegantly set, with a wealth of material which will appeal to opera lovers, academics and general readers. Includes articles by some of the leading music specialists in the world. Includes more than twenty black-and-white and colour pictures printed on special glossy paper and set in a separate plate section. Contains a thematic guide, and an up-to-date bibliography, select discography and website guide. Acclaimed by today's most exacting music critics. An essay in the guide places the opera in the context of emerging German Romanticism and another highlights the musical riches of the score. A further article explores the emerging importance of myth to Wagner and his contemporaries. As well as a detailed description of the work's performance history, Wagner's own instructions to his performers and his programme note about the overture are also included. Illustrations, a thematic guide, the full libretto with English translation and reference sections are also included.