Honorary Members

Honorary President
Josef Lienhart
Germany
Josef Lienhart experienced his first Wagner opera as a nine-year old boy with a performance of Die Walküre at the Freiburg Theatre in 1942 and since then has not been able to let go of the composer's music.

In 1951, he attended the first Bayreuth Richard Wagner Festival to be held after the Second World War. As early as 1952 he gave his first lecture on the current production of Wieland Wagner's Parsifal.

From 1960 onwards Lienhart extended his lecturing activities to the whole of Germany, before Being elected as the first Chairman of the Freiburg Wagner Society in 1962.

His path to the heart of  Wagner led Lienhart to become the Deputy Federal Chairman in 1982 and then First Federal Chairman of the Richard-Wagner Federation in 1988. In 1991 he was finally elected President of the International Richard Wagner Association in Lyon. The RWVI has a membership of around 150 Wagner societies with 40,000 members worldwide in around 40 countries.

 
Honorary Member
Verena Lafferentz-Wagner
Germany
Honorary Member
Dr. Dieter Mronz
Germany
Honorary Member
Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Wagner
Germany
Honorary Member
Gudrun Wagner
Germany