Singing Richard Wagner Stamps?

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 3 May 2013 | 7:31:00 am

Well, not quite, but scanning the QR code on these Wagner bicentenary stamps will take you to the Hungarian State Opera's website where you can hear audio samples.

Magyar Posta is releasing “audible” postage stamps to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

The release is unusual because this is the first time that a QR code has appeared on Hungarian postage stamps. With a smart phone and the Internet information about the bicentenary on the HungarianState Opera House’s web site can be heard and read. Portraits of the composers are at the centre of the stamp designs, while graphic compositions referring to works by them (Das Rheingold and Aida) are in the background. Fifty thousand copies of the miniature sheets designed by the Kossuth Prize-winning graphic artist István Orosz were printed by the ANY Security Printing Company.