He had completed Lohengrin, the last of his middle-period operas, before the Dresden uprising, and now wrote desperately to his friend Franz Liszt to have it staged in his absence.
Liszt conducted the premiere in Weimar in August 1850.
His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music.
Until his final years, Wagner's life was characterised by political exile, turbulent love affairs, poverty and repeated flight from his creditors.Warrants were issued for the revolutionaries' arrest.Wagner had to flee, first visiting Paris and then settling in Zürich Wagner was to spend the next twelve years in exile from Germany.He arranged for his pupil's Piano Sonata in B-flat major (which was consequently dedicated to him) to be published as Wagner's Op. A year later, Wagner composed his Symphony in C major, a Beethovenesque work performed in Prague in 1832 In the same year, at the age of 20, Wagner composed his first complete opera, Die Feen (The Fairies).This work, which imitated the style of Weber, went unproduced until half a century later, when it was premiered in Munich shortly after the composer's death in 1883.