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Lot 371:

RICHARD WAGNER FESTIVAL PROGRAMS 1936 OLYMPICS (3)

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Start price: $120

Estimated price: $240 - $400

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RICHARD WAGNER FESTIVAL PROGRAMS 1936 OLYMPICS (3)

Impressive programs for 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.

Included here are two programs:

1) Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), on the evening before ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’, Monday, 10. August 1936.

2) Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), the third day of the Ring Cycle, Sunday, 16. August 1936, the last day of the 1936 Olympic Games.

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