Director, Editor Tony Palmer
Writer Charles Wood
Producers Richard Wagner FilmGmbH, in association with Hungarofilm & Magyar Televisio (Budapest) for London Trust Cultural Productions Limited.   Allan Wright
Photographer Vittorio Storaro
Narrator Andrew Cruickshank
Conductor Georg Solti
Performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Publication West Long Branch NJ; Kulture International Films; c.1982
Physical 4 videocassettes (9 hours): sound, color; 1/2 inch
Cast Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Gemma Craven, Laszla Galffi, Marthe Keller, Ekkehardt Schall, Ronald Pickup

Richard Wagner was loved and hated, admired yet despised, a villain yet a hero, a man whose fame and exploits were the gossip of Europe. Above all, he was an incurable romantic who had a scandalous love affair with Liszt's illegitmate daughter. A dangerous political revolutionary, Wagner's influence penetrated Germen society. He was a scoundrel, joker, philosopher, con-man, poet, refugee, virulent political orator, and one of the greatest composers who has ever lived.