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Vintage original playbills announcing upcoming opera performances. All listed items are in stock.


(Item #: M3133-G10)

Famous German tenor (1804-1860), a protegé of Spontini, Breiting sang at the most important theaters in Germany in his time, and in London, Prague and in France, eventually developing symptoms of a mental disease that ended his career and his life early. 

Extraordinary, unique collection of 23 original, vintage playbills from the 1830s, 40s and 50s - all opera performances listing his name in the cast. Of the total of 23, most (16 of them) are 9 x 14 inches or so, 4 playbills are large, poster-like size (up to 18 x 24 inches) and 3 are smaller size (5 x 8 inches approx.). In good to very good condition, all have folds, some rust stains, minor losses, but overall very good, with the exception of the large Covent Garden playbill 1842 that is in poor condition.

Many rare playbills, including a few very early performances of some operas, such as Tannhauser.

Also included are 18 newspapers or magazines from the same time period, mentioning him. See scans. Full magazines or newspapers (except one).

A total of  41 items, all are scanned.

PRICE: $295.00 USD

(Item #: N1135-OS3)

Beautiful original playbill announcing Winter Season opening performance on Oct. 9th, 1848 at Covent Garden. Playbill lists a large number of singers, including swedish soprano Henriette Nissen (1819-1879) and others. Very large size! 24.75 x 9.75 inches, in very good condition, bottom part has a fold and a crack (nearly detached from the rest). It can be framed and look beautiful

PRICE: $125.00 USD

(Item #: B0810-Bx9-1)

Covent Garden 1833 Performance of Israelites in Egypt, music by Handel and Rossini. Singers : Wood, Wilson, Ransford, Stansbury, Phillips, Shirreff, Cawse. Orchestra of the King’s Theatre, the Ancient Concerts and the Philharmonic with instrumental performers. Under direction of : Nicolas Mori & Rophino Lacy 1 page, 7.5 x 13.5 inches (21 x 35 cm).

PRICE: $85.00 USD

(Item #: N1134-OS3)

Beautiful original plabill from Covent Garden announcing a for the first time a performance of Bellini?s opera "La Sonnambula"!. Cast includes british soprano Adelaide Kemble (1815-1879) as Amina (the sleepwalker). Also announced is the play "White Cat". Very large size: 19.75 x 10 inches! great item to frame in excellent condition.

PRICE: $125.00 USD

(Item #: B0993-Bx20)

Brussels, Opera Royale de la Monnaie playbill, May 6th, 1916. Performance by an all German cast during German Occupation of Belgium in World War I. Walter Soomer, Julius Roether, Heinrich Winkelshoff, Karl Wenkhaus, Gustav Schützendorf, Julius Lieban, Walter Eckard, Hertha Dehmlow. The orchestra was composed by Belgian and German Army Bands. Conductor : Richard Hagel. A rarity!

PRICE: $75.00 USD

(Item #: B1585-4-A)

3 playbills of the Royal Court Opera of Stuttgart, 1904-1906. Der Corregidor by Hugo Wolf, 25 May 1904. Die Legende der heiligen Elisabeth by Franz Liszt, 16 April 1905. Marie,  Die Regimentstochter by Donizetti, 31 October 1906. Set of 3 playbills. 

PRICE: $70.00 USD

(Item #: N1132-OS3)

Konigliches Opernhaus (Dresden) playbill , year 1901, announcing a performance of Karl Goldmark?s masterpiece opera "Die Konigin von Saba". German star soprano Therese Malten (1855-1930) is in the title role. Size is 8.75 x 15.25 inches, great condition, a few cracks.

PRICE: $90.00 USD

(Item #: N1133-OS3)

K.K. Hof-Burgertheater Playbill for a performance of Anton Rubinstein'ss opera "Die Maccabaer", first performance at this theater, conducted by this famous pianist and composer!. This opera was premiered a few years before (1872). Size is 15 x 9.25 inches, great condition, no cracks, no stains, some minor damage on left margin.

PRICE: $90.00 USD

(Item #: B1121A-Bx16-1)

Karl Muck conducts Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner) in Munich 1923, 24 x 20,5 cm. Münchner Opernfestspiele 1923 München, Prinzregententheater, 5. September 1923. With Fritz Feinhals - Berthold Sterneck, Fritz Krauss - Maria Müller at the beginning of her career

PRICE: $45.00 USD

(Item #: B1513-4-3)

Playbill Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg at the Vienna Staatsoper, 12th October 1886, with Theodor Reichmann, 8 x 10 inches, 1 page

PRICE: $45.00 USD

(Item #: M0995-R5-6)

Playbill announcing the world premiere of Die Vier Jahreszeiten, a music fantasy with singing and dancing by German baritone and writer Ernst Pasqué (1821-1892), music by L. Schlöffel. Size is 37 x 45 cm (15 x 18 inches), has folds, in excellent condition

PRICE: $135.00 USD

(Item #: N3406)

Fritz Reiner conducts Die Walküre, playbill announcement, Teatro Colón, Argentina, July 1926

PRICE: $20.00 USD

(Item #: B1588-4-A)

Playbills of the Frankfurt Opera House, 1916-1919. Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, 24 January 1916. Marta by von Flotow, 16 May 1919. Der Freischutz by von Weber, 31 May 1918. Rigoletto by Verdi, 9 September 1919. Set of 4 playbills, 1 sheet each, large size: 10 x 15 inches!

PRICE: $45.00 USD

(Item #: M3134-G10)

Original playbill announcement for the world premiere of Dörnroschen (Sleeping Beauty) in Darmstadt, March 14th 1848, a ballet with melodrama and singing by German composer Carl Ludwig Mangold (1813-1889).

Size is 11 x 17.5 inches, some cracks and lots of wrinkles, but complete (top is trimmed on the scan only, not in the actual item), will look great if framed.

PRICE: $165.00 USD

(Item #: B1821-2-B)

Set of 5 playbills Semperoper Dresden and Opera Leipzig, 1941-1943. Tiefland of Eugen d’Albert, Il trovatore of Verdi, Marta of Flotow, La Boheme of Puccini, Der Zigeunerbaron of Johann Strauss. Conductors: Willy Czernik, Kurt Striegler, Rudolf Kempe. With singers as Robert Burg, Kurt Böhme, Martha Fuchs, Mathieu Ahlersmeyer, Margarete Teschemacher

PRICE: $40.00 USD

(Item #: N3408)

Faust and La Damnation de Faust, playbill announcement, Teatro Colón, Bs Aires Argentina, 1914. Cast includes Aldo Bonci, Giuseppe de Luca. Tullio Serafin conducts

PRICE: $75.00 USD

(Item #: M0997-R5-5)

Playbill announcement for a very early performance of Germania by Alberto Franchetti in March 1903, first representation in Rome, with the presence of the composer. Tenor Mario Sammarco performs. Excellent condition, size is 6.5 x 14 inches

PRICE: $195.00 USD

(Item #: B1580-4-A)

Gotterdammerung at the Nationaltheater Munich. 11 May 1922. Conductor: Robert Heger. Stage direction: Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, 8 x 19 inches!, 1 page

PRICE: $40.00 USD

(Item #: N3410)

Playbill announcing upcoming opera performance, Felix Weingartner conducts Gotterdammerung, 1926 - Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina

PRICE: $30.00 USD

(Item #: N3405)

Playbill from Teatro Sol?s (Montevideo, Uruguay).

PRICE: $50.00 USD

(Item #: B0938-7-A)

Program May 1st, 1888 Playbill Lohengrin (Wagner) Lola Beeth - Amalie Materna. Playbill 25 x 19,5 cm. Conductor not mentioned as usual in the 19th century, but it concerns Hans Richter. A repaired crack, otherwise in very good condition.

PRICE: $55.00 USD

(Item #: B0453-4)

Playbill for the world premiere of this opera by Julius Bittner - Size is 9 x 11.5 inches. Friedrich Weidemann, Erik Schmedes, Marie Gutheil-Schoder, Grete Forst, Richard Mayr, Alexander Haydter, Julius Betetto, Artur Preuss. Conductor: Bruno Walter

PRICE: $85.00 USD

(Item #: B0523-4)

10 playbills, 1 page, size 9 x 11.5 inches - SOLD INDIVIDUALLY - Click on thumbnails to see scans, select playbill in the pull down menu below.

William Tell - May 2nd, 1899: Theodor Reichmann, Franz von Reichenberg, Fritz Schrodter, Benedikt Felix, Louise Kaulich, Margarete Michalek, Wilhelm Hesch, Frances Saville, Franz Pacal, Anton Schittenhelm (Conductor : Johann Nepomuk Fuchs) added in pencil

Robert Le Diable - Apr 23rd, 1899: Hermann Winkelmann, Franz von Reichenberg, Irene Abendroth, Sophie Sedlmair, Franz Pacal, Ferdinand Marian, August Schittenhelm, Viktor Schmitt,. Conductor : Johann Nepomuk Fuchs) added in pencil

Hans Heiling - Apr 6th, 1899: Theodor Reichmann, Ellen Brandt-Forster, Franz Naval, Benedikt Felix, Viktor Schmitt, Edyth Walker, Louise Kalich (Conductor : Hans Richter) added in pencil

Tannhauser - Apr 2nd, 1899: Karl Grenng, Wilhelm Elsner, Theodor Reichmann, Franz Pacal, Fritz Schrodter, Ferdinand Marian, Sophie Sedlmair, Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Elisa Elizza,. Conductor : Hans Richter) added in pencil

Cavalleria-Pagliacci-Kunstlerlist - Jan 5th,1899: Cavalleria: Louise Ehrenstein, Elise Elizza, Franz Neidl, Leopold Demuth (Conductor: Joseph Hellmesberger) added in pencil. Pagliacci: Schrodter, Elizza, Demuth, Bacal, Neidl. Kunstlerlist: Gironi, Rathner, etc

Die Walkure - Feb 15th, 1899: Hermann Winkelmann, Franz von Reichenberg, Theodor Reichmann, Sophie Sedlmair, Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Edyth Walker, Jenny Pohlner, Lola Beeth, Louise Kalich. Conductor : Hans Richter) added in pencil

Siegfried - Feb 17th, 1899: Erik Schmedes, Sophie Sedlmair, Leopold Demuth, Edyth Walker, Viktor Schmitt, Josef Ritter, Wilhelm Hesch, Margarete Michalek (Conductor : Hans Richter) added in pencil

Der Trompeter von Sakkingen - Mar 13th, 1899: Leopold Demuth, Willibald Horwitz, Viktor Schmitt, Franz von Reichenberg, Louise Kaulich, Lola Beeth, Ferdinand Marian, August Stoll, Marie Erich. Conductor : Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, added in pencil

Lohengrin - Mar 19th, 1899: Karl Grengg, Hermann Wilkelmann, Louise Ehrenstein, Theodor Reichmann, Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Benedikt Felix, Franz Pacal, etc. Conductor: Hans Richter, added in pencil 

Tannhauser - Dec 22nd, 1899: Moritz Frauscher, Hermann Winkelmann, Theodor Reichmann, Franz Pacal, Gerhard Stehmann, Artur Preuss, Sophie Sedlmair, Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Elisa Elizza,. Conductor : Hans Richter) added in pencil



PRICE: $90.00 USD

(Item #: B0498-4)

10 different playbills (11 in total), 1 page, size 9 x 11.5 inches - Click on thumbnails to see scans, one is duplicated (Fidelio).

Lucia di Lammermoor-Bergikmeinnicht - Feb 8th, 1904: Leopold Demuth, Selma Kurz, Fritz Schrodter, Jenny Pohlner, Artur Preuss, Franz Pacal,. Conductor : Francesco Spetrino) added in pencil

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Jan 17th, 1904: Leopold Demuth, Richard Mayr, Hans Breuer, Moritz Frauscher, Jean Felix, Franz Pacal, Gerhard Stehmann, Ferdinand Marian, Hermann Winkelmann, Selma Kurz, , Laura Hilgermann, August Stoll. Conductor : Franz Schalk, added in pencil

Siegfried - Dec 20th, 1905: Erik Schmedes, Elsa Bland, Theodor Bertram, Hans Breuer, Anton Moser, Josie von Petru, Margarete Michalek, à(Conductor : Franz Schalk) added in pencil

Tannhauser - Feb 6th, 1906: Richard Mayr, Hermann Winkelmann, Friedrich Weidemann, Georg Maikl, Gerhard Stehmann, Ferdinand Marian, Lucie Weidt, Berta Foerster-Lauterer, Berta Kiurina,. Conductor : Franz Schalk) added in pencil

Lohengrin - Mar 6th, 1906: Karl Grenng, Hermann Winkelmann, Louise Ehrenstein, Theodor Reichmann, Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Benedikt Felix, Franz Pacal, Ferdinand Marian, August Schittenhelm. Conductor : Hans Richter) added in pencil

Manon - Nov 25th, 1907: Marie Gutheil-Schoder, Jenny Pohlner, Margarete Michalek, Hermine Kittel, Leo Slezak, Anton Moser, Gerhard Stehmann, Ferdinand Marian, Benedikt Felix, August Stoll, (Conductor : Franz Schalk) added in pencil

Fidelio - Jan 23rd, 1908: Erik Schmedes, Lucie Weidt, Friedrich Weidemann, Leopold Demuth, Karl Grengg, Richard Mayr, Grete Forst, Fritz Schrodter (2 copies).

Der Widerspanstigen Zahmung - Jan 30th, 1908: Marie Gutheil-Schoder, Berta Kiurina, Elsa Reich, Hubert Leuer, Friedrich Weidemann, Gerhard Stehmann, Alexander Haydter, Artur Preuss, Laura Hilgermann, Hans Breuer. Conductor : Felix Weingartner, added in pencil

Tannhauser - Feb 13th,1908: Richard Mayr, Hermann Winkelmann, Friedrich Weidemann, Hubert Leuer, Hans Breuer, Gerhard Stehmann, Ferdinand Marian, Lucie Weidt, Elisa Elizza, Berta Kiurina,. Conductor : Franz Schalk) added in pencil

Die Rote Gred - May 10th, 1908: Marie Gutheil-Schoder, Jenny Pohlner, Hans Breuer, Anton Moser, Hubert Leuer, Friedrich Weidemann, Richard Mayr, August Stoll, Laura Hilgermann, Gerhard Stehmann, Berta Kiurina. Conductor : Bruno Walter, added in pencil


PRICE: $65.00 USD

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