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Past Exhibition of the Month - November 2021

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Justus von Liebig (1803-1873). Engraving copied from a photograph by Mr. J. Albert of Munich. Illustrated London News, 3 May 1873.

Justus von Liebig (1803-1873). Engraving copied from a photograph by Mr. J. Albert of Munich. Illustrated London News, 3 May 1873.

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Musically Themed Liebig Cards - Part III

We began our displays of musically themed Liebig cards in March 2021 with a set showing 'An Alphabet of Male Operatic Roles'.  We now continue with 'An Alphabet of Female Operatic Roles'.  In the male set, each letter was identified as an operatic role, but in the female set below only a third of the the letters represent actual operatic parts, even when a role could have been assigned to the letter illustrated.  We leave the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

These are followed by scenes from Der Freischütz, premiered 200 years ago, scenes from Samson and Delila by Camille Saint-Saëns who died 100 years ago and scenes from some of Verdi's operas.

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An Alphabet of Female Operatic Roles

Amneris in Aida by Giuseppe Verdi & Béatrix in 'Costume florentin 1300' Carmen in title role in Carmen by Georges Bizet & Desdemone in Otello by Giuseppe Verdi Elsa in Lohengrin by Richard Wagner & Falma in 'Costume oriental'

Gabriela in 'Traje rococo' & Hedwige in 'Trage del siglo XV' -  A Spanish card in a French set. (Rococo costume and Fifteenth century costume) Ida in 'Costume moderne' & Kemsciu in 'Costume japonais' Laura in 'Costume de l'an 1500' & Marguerite in Faust by Charles-François Gounod

Norma in title role in Norma by Vincenzo Bellini & Ophelie in Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas Pia as a 'Châtelaine de l'an 1400' & Quintia in 'Costume romain (Empire)' Rosa in costume of '1700 : Arcadie' & Selika in 'Costume africain'

Theodora in 'Costume byzantin' & Ulrica in Le bal masqué by Giuseppe Verdi Vittorina in 'Costume de 1600' & Xyinia in 'Costume grecien 1800' Yole in 'Costume de l'an 1000' & Zita in 'Costume Fin de Siecle'

N.B. J and W were  omitted from the original series.
Der Freischütz. Opera in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826). First performed 18 June 1821 at the Schauspielhaus, Berlin (featured as our June Exhibition of the Month)

Samson and Delila. Opera in three acts and four tableaux by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921).  First performed 2 December 1877 at the Grossherzogliches Theater, Weimar

Verdi and his Works