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An opera in three acts by Richard Wagner
English version by Ernest Newman
Sadler's Wells Chorus
(Chorus-Master. John Barker )
Sadler's Wells Orchestra
(Leader. Barry Collins )
Producer, Anthony Besch
From Sadler 's Wells Theatre. London
Scene 1: The interior of the Venusberg
Scene 2: The valley in front of the Wartburg


Unknown: Richard Wagner
Unknown: Ernest Newman
Chorus-Master: John Barker
Leader: Barry Collins
Conducted By: James Robertson
Producer: Anthony Besch
Unknown: From Sadler
Venu: Marie Collier
Tannhäuser: Ronald Dowd
A shepherd boy: Iris Kells
Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia: Stanley Clarkson
Walther von der Vogelweide: Alberto Remedios
Biterolf: Donald McLntyre
Wolfram von Eschenbach: John Lawrenson
Heinrich der Schreiber: Tom Swift
Reinmar von Zweter: Leon Greene
Elisabeth, niece of the Landgrave: Judith Pierce


England v. Germany
H. C. ROBBINS LANDON, an American scholar living in Vienna, has witnessed the cold war between English and German musicologists from either side.


ACT 2: The hall of song in the Wartburg


Shakespeare's Sonnets
Read by Michael Redgrave
Introduced by Rayner Heppenstall (: second broadcast)
This programme was one of a series in Which all Shakespeare's sonnets were read during 1959.


Read By: Michael Redgrave
Introduced By: Rayner Heppenstall


Act 3: The valley in front of the Wartburg

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