Maynor, Dorothy. (1910–1996) & Bergmann, Ludwig. (1903–1969)

Signed Program

Bifold recital program from a 1950–51 performance in the Seattle area, signed to cover by the American soprano and her frequent accompanist, Ludwig Bergmann.  The performance included works from Mendelssohn, Handel, Schubert, Marx, Bizet, Debussy, Thomas, Lahmer, Chajes, and several folksongs and Negro Spirituals.  4 pp.  In very fine condition.  6.25 x 9.5 inches (15.9 x 24.1 cm.).

Dorothy Maynor was a prominent concert performer throughout her career, the racism of the era preventing her from performing in staged opera productions.  She founded the Harlem School of the Arts in 1964, and in 1975 she became the first African-American appointed to the Metropolitan Opera's Board of Directors.

Ludwig Bergmann worked as an accompanist with artists including Dorothy Maynor, Lotte Lehmann, and Elisabeth Schumann.  A member of the music faculty at Boston University from 1954 until the time of his death, the Ludwig Bergmann Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in his memory, providing financial aid to opera students. (19304)

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