Die Hochzeit (The Wedding) is an unfinished opera by Richard Wagner which predates all his completed works in the genre. Wagner completed the libretto, then started composing the music in the second half of 1832 when he was just nineteen. He abandoned the project after his sister Rosalie, who was the main supporter and the spokesman of the family, expressed her disgust at the story. Wagner abandoned the composition and destroyed the libretto.
Today, only three pieces survive from the opera.
What is still known of the story is that it concerns the events surrounding the intended marriage of a young woman, Ada, to Arindal. This is a political marriage, not one of love. On the eve of the wedding, Ada's lover, Cadolt, comes to see her. She rejects his advances, preferring to defend her honour but, in the process, pushes him over the balcony to his death. Ada still loves Cadolt and collapses and dies at the funeral next to his body.
Ada and Arindal were later the names of the two principal characters in Die Feen (The Fairies) (1833), Wagner's first completed opera.
The only known printed version is the Michael Balling (1866–1925) edition
- Richard Wagners Werke. Musikdramen–Jugendopern–Musikalische Werke. XII. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1912. Plate R.W. XII.
Very little musicology has been done with Die Hochzeit. Yet there are many shared textual commonalities with Die Feen, so it is possible that substantial or substantive parts of this unfinished work may be existent there.
Notes and references 
- Entry for "Wagner, Richard" The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera. John Warrack and Ewan West. Oxford University Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.
Known complete score