In October 1941 the Roman Opera Ballet company made an extended gust appearance at the Staatsoper (National Opera House) in the center of Wien (Vienna), Nazi Germany’s second largest city and the unquestioned music capital of the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler.
This is a very nice original example of the 8-1/4 x 11 inch, 32 page well-illustrated soft cover performance program for the Gastspiele des Balletts der Römischen Königlichen Oper in Deutschland. The program is entirely in German with dozens of pictures featuring all of the principals, first dancers, solo dancers, sets and stage decorations.
The program was funded by the famous Italian perfume company EMEF or Rome and it was apparently printed in Rome as well. The paper quality is not quite as good as the paper used in Germany at the time and most incrediblye of all, the eagle and swastika opposite the Italian fasces on the front cover is printed backwards with the swastika legs rotating counter-clockwise! Between the Hoheitszeichen
and the Italian fasces is the word OKTOBER
above the Roman date for 1941,
A rare piece of musical ephemera from the period of the Nazis and Italian Fascists in Vienna.
This October 1941 Nazi German / Italian ballet program is offered for sale
for $75.00 delivered by Media Mail in the continental United States.
USM book #259
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PROGRAM OF THE ROME BALLET IN NAZI VIENNA 1941
AN ORIGINAL ITALIAN PROGRAM
IN GERMAN FOR THE PERFORMANCES OF THE
ROME BALLET IN GERMANY
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