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Opera Fans Mark Richard Wagner's Bicentennial

May 22 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner, one of the most celebrated composers of the 19th century. He is best known for the Ring Cycle of four operas, as well as the operas "The Flying Dutchman" and "Tristan and Isolde," sometimes described as marking the start of modern music. Though his music is highly influential, Wagner's legacy is controversial, the result of his nationalist and anti-Semitic writings, which later became a source of inspiration for Adolf Hitler. (14 PHOTOS)