Macedonian Post issued two stamps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of birth of Macedonian composer Petar Bogdanov-Kochko and 200th anniversary of birth of German composer Richard Wagner.
Macedonian composer, opera singer and organizer of the music life in Macedonia, Petar Bogdanov-Kochko was born on March 12, 1913. He participated in the National Liberation War in Macedonia, he was one of the founders of the Opera of the Macedonian National Theatre, the first president of the Association of Musicians.
Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Wagner revolutionized opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesize the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).