Auction 100

Lot 83:

RICHARD WAGNER FESTIVAL PROGRAM OLYMPIC GAMES 1936 BERLIN

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Start price: $80

Estimated price: $160 - $200

VAT: On commission only

Impressive program for the opera Lohengrin on August 6, 1936, during the Richard Wagner Festival at the German Opera House, Berlin, on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Berlin, August 1 – August 16, 1936. Softcover, 24 pages, 9.5 x 8.25 in., cover embossed with a gold-colored German Reichsadler and Swastika, the Olympic Rings, and ‘Deutsches Opernhaus Berlin’, with gold-colored cord. Text is in German, English, French, and Italian. Foreword by Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels and a full-page portrait of Adolf Hitler ‘Unser Fuhrer’. Preamble ‘The Olympic Sport and the Arts’, double-page color illustration of the grand curtain ‘Triumph of Opera’ at the German Opera House. Followed by introductions to Wagner’s plays performed during the festival: Tannhauser, Lohengrin, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg; The Ring of the Nibelung: The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Twilight of the Gods.

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