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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

Diary entry includes two cuttings, one pinned and one loose, advertising the Frankfurt am Main Opera House production of Fidelio by Beethoven and the Bayreuth Festival House production of Parsifal by Richard Wagner (the latter is in two pieces and contains a seating chart for the venue on the reverse).

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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49.9456399, 11.5713346

Fri. 11. [11 August 1899] Got up and walked round the town with the others. Delicious misty morning. Looked into all the churches and greeted Vischer, Kraft and Veit Stoss. Left at 10.30 by a special and got to Bayreuth at 12. Luitpold Platz 2, most comfortable. Very scrappy lunch next door, dined and drove up to the theatre and brilliant sunshine. Hugo and I sat together, behind us Leo Schuster, Claud Phillips, the Wortleys and a Leeds quondam curate. Ternina was quite magnificent, the Parsifal very sticky Gurnemanz excellent. The first act extraordinarily fine, wonderfully impressive. The second I didn't much care for. We dined after it very comfortably at the nearest Restaurant. The opera finished about 10. On the whole I liked the 3rd act best; the Char Freiteg music is so quite splendid. Walked home and sat talking for a little before bed. [Cast list for Parsifal attached to page.]

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