Past Images of the Month - May 2013

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Wagner. Photograph by The London Stereoscopic Company. [c.1870]. Peter Joslin Collection. This copyright image has been made available by Mrs Jennie Bisset, owner of the design. The Museum is privileged to be exhibiting this fascinating item for the first time. A short biography of Richard Wynn Keene is displayed below. Programmes for five of the concerts in the Wagner Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, London in May 1877.   The 4th Concert included a substantial extract from Siegfried, including Fafner's scene in Act II.  The composer conducted part of each of the six concerts originally scheduled. Page introducing the Siegfried selection in the 4th Concert, 14 May 1877. Flyer for the first UK performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, May 1882. The four cycles - none of which were in fact attended by the composer - formed part of a European tour organised and managed by the former baritone Angelo Neumann (of Munich). The scenery and costumes were those of the original production at Bayreuth in 1876. Libretto for Siegfried in the 1882 London season. Das Rheingold. First edition of the vocal score.  Mainz, [1861]. Siegfried. First edition of the vocal score. Mainz, [1871].