Notes from Valhalla

Cosima Wagner's Diaries: Volume 1, 1869-1877

edited by Martin Gregor-Dellin and Dietrich Mack, translated with an introduction by Geoffrey Skelton
In August of 1835, the twenty-two-year-old Wagner, in search of singers for the Magdeburg opera, found himself stranded without money in Frankfurt and forced to surrender his baggage as security for an unpaid hotel bill. With unassailable confidence in his future fame, he passed the time while awaiting ransom by …