Rare Gem: Wagner Sung in an Irish Brogue

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Richard Wagner may seem to embody all that is Germanic in opera but his music has turned up in several different languages, including French, Italian and English. It has also been sung with an Irish brogue, courtesy of John McCormack, the popular Irish tenor of the early 20th century.

On an October 25, 1973 episode of The Vocal Scene called "Wagner in the Wrong Language," WQXR's George Jellinek treated listeners to this unusual sound. Listen above to "Walter's Prize Song," recorded in 1916. It starts with a 10-second introduction by the host.