From THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN
The Church of St. Catherine, Nuremberg
Conductor, Sir THOMAS BEECHAM
THE overture ended, the curtain rises on the scene of St. Catherine's Church in Nuremberg. Eva, with her maid Magdalene, is listening to the service. Walther is gazing admiringly at her. As she leaves the church he speaks to her, and learns that she is to be the bride of the victor at tomorrow's song-contest. Walther determines to compete and win. ]n this he is helped by David Sachs' apprentice, who does his best to coach him. Presently the Mastersingers arrive to test intending candidates. Walther claims to be heard, and sings to the assembled Mastersingers, one of whom is Beckmesser, the 'marker.' Beckmesser hopes to win Eva for himself, and marks him ruthlessly. Walther is accordingly rejected, but, the meeting having broken up, Hans Sachs, who is attracted to the young knight, ponders how ho can help one who he is persuaded has in him the makings of a more than ordinarily gifted candidate for the Guild.
Walther von Stolzing:
A Version for broadcasting by E. J. KING BULL of the famous story by HENRY JAMES
The Cast will include:
LILIAN HARRISON , OLIVE WALTER, JOYCE MOORE ,
IRENE FREEMAN , H. R. HIGNETT ,
Incidental Music by GERRARD WILLIAMS
THE ORCHESTRA directed by LESLIE WOODGATE
Produced by E. J. KING BULL
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