[Met Performance] CID:139560
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {234} Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio: 04/17/1945.

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Cleveland, Ohio
April 17, 1945


DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG {234}

Hans Sachs..............Frederic Gynrod
Eva.....................Eleanor Steber
Walther von Stolzing....Charles Kullman
Magdalene...............Kerstin Thorborg
David...................John Garris
Beckmesser..............Gerhard Pechner
Pogner..................Emanuel List
Kothner.................Mack Harrell
Vogelgesang.............Anthony Marlowe
Nachtigall..............Hugh Thompson
Ortel...................Osie Hawkins
Zorn....................Richard Manning
Moser...................Lodovico Oliviero
Eisslinger..............Karl Laufkötter
Foltz...................Lorenzo Alvary
Schwarz.................John Gurney
Night Watchman..........Louis D'Angelo

Conductor...............Paul Breisach


Account from Newsweek:

Richard Wagner would have blown a fuse. At a Metropolitan Opera performance of 'Die Meistersinger' in Cleveland last week, the apprentice David (John Garris) carried in the Stars and Stripes and presented it to Sachs (Frederic Gynrod) as the greatest Mastersinger of them all finished singing: 'If the holy German empire should fall to pieces, we still will have our hold German art."

The audience was quick to note and applaud the significance of the gesture - Nuremberg, scene of the opera, was just then encircled by American troops.



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