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Leon Major Papers

Abstract

Title:
Leon Major Papers
Author/Creator:
Major, Leon
Collection number:
15-132-MAJOR
Size:
13.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1957-2012
Inclusive dates:
1860, 1902, 1943-2014
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Leon Major (b. 1933) is a Canadian-born theater and opera director, who has directed and taught internationally. Major was the first Artistic Director of The Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he worked from 1987 to 2013. The materials in this collection, which includes production files, book materials, and programs, date from 1860 through 2014.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Leon Major Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/32428
Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Born in Canada in 1933, Leon Major is an internationally recognized opera and theater director. Major attended the University of Toronto, where he received his B.A. in 1955, and completed further studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Major's early career was focused on directing plays. He served as Artistic Director of the Crest Theatre in the 1950s, and in 1963, founded the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as Artistic Director until 1968.

Major's first opera production was Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, which he directed in Toronto in 1961. Subsequent positions with the Lake George Opera Festival and the Kennedy Center established Major refocused his career on opera rather than theater. Major served as the Artistic Director for the Boston Lyric Opera from 1998-2003 and Artistic Consultant for Opera Cleveland from 2003 to 2007. He has directed plays, operas, and musicals around the world as an independent director, working with companies such as the New York City Opera, Washington Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and Florentine Opera. In 1987, Major became the Artistic Director for the new Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he remained until his retirement in 2013. During his time at the University of Maryland, Major directed numerous operas and assisted with the commission of new works, including Shadowboxer by John Chenault and Frank Proto (2010), Later the Same Evening by Mark Campbell and John Musto (2007), and Clara, by Kathleen Cahill and Robert Convery (2004).

In addition to his teaching experience at the University of Maryland, Major has given master classes across the United States and internationally, in locations such as Shanghai and Tel Aviv. His book, The Empty Voice: Acting Opera was released in 2011, in which Major describes his methods for teaching developing opera singers.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Leon Major Papers cover the period from 1860 to 2014; the bulk of the materials date from 1957 to 2012. The collection consists of personal and professional papers, including programs from shows directed by and attended by Major, newspaper clippings of advertisements and reviews of his productions, rehearsal notes, personal research materials and notes, stage and costume sketches and photos, production photos, annotated scores and scripts, and correspondence related to Major's work as a theater and opera director, working with organizations such as Washington Opera and the Kennedy Center, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, and De Nederlandse Opera, as well as related to his work as a professor at the University of Maryland.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Leon Major, received on May 28, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Roslyn Brandes, June-July 2015

Processing note:

Original order was maintained for the first two series. Materials are processed at the item-level. Description is at the folder-level, except for Series 3: Programs, which is at item-level. For Series 1 and 3, titles were transcribed as they appear on programs; Library of Congress Name Authority File was employed to resolve discrepancies.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez, July 2015

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Files, 1860, 1961-2014 and undated (11 linear feet)

This series consists of materials related to productions directed by Leon Major. This series contains scripts, rehearsal notes, programs, photos, costume and stage designs, correspondence, personal research, and newspaper advertisements and reviews. Within this series is also correspondence with Major's colleagues, including opera directors Herman Geiger-Torel and Nick Olcott, conductors Stephen Lord, David Angus, and John Conklin, and costume designer Martha Mann, as well as correspondence with playwrights, composers, and librettists, including Gwendolyn MacEwen, Ken Ludwig, Mark Campbell, and Robertson Davies. Two large photos associated with the productions "Sullivan and Gilbert" and "Die Fledermaus" are stored in HH2-2 and HH2-3, respectively.

The original order of these materials was preserved during processing. The arrangement is first by type of production, with operas preceding theater and musical productions, and then alphabetical by composer or author. Though this general organization system is inconsistent, the materials were kept in the original order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Ames, Amarantha, undated series 1box 1folder 1
The Art of Argento, 1982-2012 series 1box 1folder 2
Argento, Postcard from Morocco, 1978-2012 series 1box 1folder 3
Argento, The Aspern Papers, 1988-1990 series 1box 1folder 4
Argento, Miss Havisham's Fire, 1998-2012 series 1box 1folder 5
Bizet, Carmen, 1964-2002 - Includes materials pertaining to Herman Geiger-Torel and W.A. Russell, 1964-2002 series 1box 1folder 6
Britten, The Turn of the Screw, 1993 series 1box 1folder 7
Britten, Peter Grimes, 1994-1995 - Includes materials pertaining to Leslie Uyeda and Susan Bennett, 1994-1995 series 1box 1folder 8
Fishermen and Fishing Ways, undated series 1box 1folder 9
Catan, Florencia en el Amazonas, 2010 series 1box 1folder 10
Convery, Clara (1/2), 2003 series 1box 1folder 11
Convery, Clara (2/2), 2001-2004 series 1box 1folder 12
Donizetti, Daughter of the Regiment, 1985-1993 series 1box 1folder 13
Donizetti, Don Pasquale, 1994-2011 - Includes materials pertaining to Ken Weiss, Lin Smith Vincent, Karen Federing, and Patrick Smith, 1994-2011 series 1box 1folder 14
Donizetti, L'Elisir d'Amore, 1997 - Includes materials pertaining to Steven Lord and Steve Luyben, 1997 series 1box 1folder 15
Gay/Britten, The Beggar's Opera, 1983-1984 - Includes materials pertaining to Barbara Skrzypczak, Nico Out, Hans Vergruggen, and Hans de Roo, 1983-1984 series 1box 1folder 16
Gluck, Armide, 2005-2007 - Includes materials pertaining to Martha Mann and Ryan Corrick, 2005-2007 series 1box 1folder 17
Gounod, Romeo et Juliette, 1975-1999 - Includes materials pertaining to E. Purrington, 1975-1999 series 1box 1folder 18
Gounod, Faust, 1966-2004 - Includes materials pertaining to Laurent Philippe, Susan S. Ashbaker, Laurie Rogers, and Craig Hamilton, 1966-2004 series 1box 1folder 19
Handel, Susanna, 2000 series 1box 2folder 1
Handel, Xerxes, 2003-2008 - Includes materials pertaining to Nick Olcott, 2003-2008 series 1box 2folder 2
Handel, Agrippina, 1990 - Includes materials pertaining to J. Merrill Knapp, Howard Serwer, Anthony Hicks, and Robert McCoy, 1990 series 1box 2folder 3
Handel, Giulio Cesare, 2004-2005 - Includes materials pertaining to Garnett Bruce, Miah Im, and Kenneth Merrill, 2004-2005 series 1box 2folder 4
Haydn, Il Mondo della Luna, undated series 1box 2folder 5
Holst, Savitri, 1998-1999 - Includes materials pertaining to Milo C. Beach, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Sears, Christopher Kendall, and Anthony Peattie, 1998-1999 series 1box 2folder 6
Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel, 1962-1996 - Includes materials pertaining to Herman Geiger-Torel, 1962-1996 series 1box 2folder 7
Jin Xiang, Savage Land (1/2), 1992 series 1box 2folder 8
Jin Xiang, Savage Land (2/2), 1991-1992 series 1box 2folder 9
Lehar, The Merry Widow, 1971-1973 series 1box 2folder 10
Leoncavallo, I pagliacci/ Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana, 1961-1981 series 1box 2folder 11
Massenet, Werther, 1980 series 1box 2folder 12
Menotti, The Consul, 1993 series 1box 2folder 13
Monteverdi, The Coronation of Poppea, 2002 series 1box 2folder 14
Monteverdi, The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland, 1994 series 1box 2folder 15
Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte (1/4), 1983-1999 - Includes materials pertaining to Denyce Antoinette Graves. Oversized watercolor in Box 9, Folder 1, 1983-1999 series 1box 2folder 16
Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte (2/4), 1983-2008 - Includes materials pertaining to Stephanie Thompson, 1983-2008 series 1box 2folder 17
Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte [Research Titles] (3/4), 1994-2005 - Includes materials pertaining to Peter Erkens and Karen Keltner, 1994-2005 series 1box 2folder 18
Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte [Rio de Janeiro] (4/4), 1994-2000 series 1box 2folder 19
Mozart, Don Giovanni (1/2), 1990-2000 - Oversized photos in Box 9, Folder 2, 1990-2000 series 1box 2folder 20
Mozart, Don Giovanni (2/2), 1992-2000 series 1box 2folder 21
Mozart, Nozze di Figaro, 1984-2010 series 1box 2folder 22
Mozart, Idomeneo/ Clemenza di Tito, 1998 series 1box 2folder 23
Mozart, The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1986-2005 series 1box 2folder 24
Mozart, The Magic Flute, 1988-2013 - Includes materials pertaining to John Conklin, 1988-2013 series 1box 2folder 25
Machover, Resurrection, 2001 series 1box 3folder 1
Machover, Resurrection, Act I Score, undated series 1box 3folder 2
Machover, Resurrection, Act II Score, undated series 1box 3folder 3
Nicolai, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1980-1990 - Includes materials pertaining to Marion Jacobson, 1980-1990 series 1box 3folder 4
Offenbach, Contes d'Hoffmann, 1984-2004 series 1box 3folder 5
Puccini, Turandot, 1965-1969 series 1box 3folder 6
Puccini, Il Tabarro, 2011 series 1box 3folder 7
J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, 2003 - Includes materials pertaining to Andrew J. Polezak. Related photo of Boston Lyric Opera production cast, with signatures, in HH2-3, 2003 series 1box 3folder 8
Musto, Later the Same Evening (1/2), 2006-2009 - Includes materials pertaining to Edward Hopper and David Angus, 2006-2009 series 1box 3folder 9
Musto, Later the Same Evening (2/2), 2004-2011 - Includes materials pertaining to Edward Hopper, Chris Layton, Laura Lee Everett, Bruno Nasta, and Susie Farr, 2004-2011 series 1box 3folder 10
Musto, Volpone, 2002-1004 - Includes materials pertaining to Kim Witman and Mark Campbell, 2002-2004 series 1box 3folder 11
Musto, The Inspector, 2010-2012 - Includes materials pertaining to Lee Anne Myslewski and Kim Witman, 2010-2012 series 1box 3folder 12
Rossini, Cenerentola, 1981-1982 - Oversized materials in Box 9, Folders 3 and 4, 1981-1982 series 1box 3folder 13
Rossini, Barbiere di Siviglia [2006] (1/3), 1989-2006 - Includes materials pertaining to David Angus. Oversized images in Box 9, Folder 5, 1989-2006 series 1box 3folder 14
Rossini, Barbiere di Siviglia (2/3), undated series 1box 3folder 15
Rossini, Barbiere di Siviglia (3/3), 1988-2006 series 1box 3folder 16
Rossini, Italiana in Algeri (1/2), 1984-2003 series 1box 3folder 17
Rossini, Italiana in Algeri (2/2), 1984-2002 - Includes materials pertaining to Ken Smith and Grant Meachum, 1984-2002 series 1box 3folder 18
R. Strauss, Intermezzo (1/2), 1990-2010 - Includes materials pertaining to Martha Mann. Oversized costume designs in Box 9, Folders 6 and 7, 1990-2010 series 1box 4folder 1
R. Strauss, Salome, 2000-2001 - Includes materials pertaining to Stephen Steiner and Stephen Lord, 2000-2001 series 1box 4folder 2
R. Strauss, Intermezo (2/2), 1990-2010 series 1box 4folder 3
Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, 2005-2009 - Includes materials pertaining to Jenn Forni, 2005-2009 series 1box 4folder 4
Verdi, La Traviata, 1974-2007 - Includes materials pertaining to Stephen Lord, Andree Gingras, and Tina Boden, 1974-2007 series 1box 4folder 5
Verdi, Rigoletto, 1961-1969 series 1box 4folder 6
Verdi, Macbeth, 1997 - Includes materials pertaining to John Conklin, Robin Thompson, Paul Kellogg, Connie Bennett, Dale Anthony Girard, Garnett Bruce, Christopher Hayes, Susan Lobel, Peggy Imbrie, Andrew Feigin, and Terry Lacy, 1997 series 1box 4folder 7
Verdi, Falstaff, 1998-1999 - Includes materials pertaining to Peter Pawlik, Gordon W. Gietz, and Cori Ellison, 1998-1999 series 1box 4folder 8
Verdi, Aida, 1999 - Includes materials pertaining to Heather Jernigan, Stephen Lord, and Martha Mann, 1999 series 1box 4folder 9
Egypt, undated series 1box 4folder 10
Verdi, Don Carlos, 2000-2001 - Includes materials pertaining to Martha Mann and Stephen Steiner, 2000-2001 series 1box 4folder 11
Verdi, Ballo in Maschera, 2013-2014 - Includes materials pertaining to Richard M. Isackes and John Toia, 2013-2014 series 1box 4folder 12
Wilson, Heloise and Abelard, 1971-1974 series 1box 4folder 13
Aurandt, Burton, 1991-1996 - Includes materials pertaining to Bill Oleson, Timothy Nolen, Gilbert Parker, and Gordon Davidson, 1991-1996 series 1box 4folder 14
Chekov, Three Sisters, 1972 series 1box 4folder 15
Cocteau, Wedding on the Eiffel Tower, 1982 - Includes materials pertaining to David Tanner, 1982 series 1box 4folder 16
Davies, Question Time [Revision 2, Major, 964-1113] (1/2), 1974-1975 series 1box 4folder 17
Davies, Question Time (2/2), 1975 series 1box 4folder 18
Decker, The Shoemakers' Holiday, 1977 series 1box 5folder 1
Durang, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all for You/ 'Dentity Crisis, 1982 - Includes materials pertaining to Steve Ross and Marcia Tratt, 1982 series 1box 5folder 2
Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer, 1985-1986 series 1box 5folder 3
Gurney, Jr., The Dining Room, 1984 - Includes materials pertaining to Urjo Kareda and Pat Thomas, 1984 series 1box 5folder 4
Goldoni, The Fan, 1963-1969 series 1box 5folder 5
Kaufman, You Can't Take it With You, 1985 series 1box 5folder 6
Kempinski, Duet for One, 1980-1981 - Includes materials pertaining to Donald J. A. MacSween and Zaz Bajon, 1980-1981 series 1box 5folder 7
Leicht, The Adventures of Friar Tuck, 1982-1983 - Includes materials pertaining to Joseph F. Bella, Ken Cazan, and Glenn Paxton, 1982-1983 series 1box 5folder 8
Leicht, The Adventures of Friar Tuck Script, undated series 1box 5folder 9
Moliere/ Malleson, The School for Wives, undated series 1box 5folder 10
Scott, Wu Feng, 1974 series 1box 5folder 11
O'Neill, Strange Interlude, 1973-1985 series 1box 5folder 12
O'Neill, Mourning Becomes Electra, undated series 1box 5folder 13
Pinero, Trelawny of the "Wells," 1973 - Oversized souvenir program in Box 9, Folder 8, 1973 series 1box 5folder 14
Shakespeare, Henry IV, 1960 series 1box 5folder 15
Shaw, Arms and the Man, 1986 - Includes materials pertaining to Katherine Holmes, Judi Chambers, and Debra McKay, 1986 series 1box 5folder 16
MacEwen, The Scissors-Grinder (1/2), 1978-1980 series 1box 5folder 17
MacEwen, The Scissors-Grinder (2/2), 1982 series 1box 5folder 18
MacEwen, The Trojan Women (1/4), 1978 series 1box 5folder 19
MacEwen, The Trojan Women (2/4), undated series 1box 5folder 20
MacEwen, The Trojan Women (3/4), undated series 1box 5folder 21
MacEwen, The Trojan Women (4/4)/ The Birds, 1977-1978 - Oversized costume designs in Box 9, Folder 9, 1977-1978 series 1box 5folder 22
Mayer/ Solzhenitsyn, Article 58 (1/2), 1974-1975 series 1box 6folder 1
Mayer/ Solzhenitsyn, Article 58 (2/2), 1974-1975 series 1box 6folder 2
Wilder, The Matchmaker, 1958 series 1box 6folder 3
Blackmon/ Coward/ Porter, Noel and Cole, 2004 series 1box 6folder 4
Gilbert/ Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore, 1979-1982 - Includes materials pertaining to Robert Binder, Gloria Stech, Susan Johnson, and A. John Lawson, 1979-1982 series 1box 6folder 5
A Viennese Tapestry, 1980 series 1box 6folder 6
Gilbert/ Sullivan, The Gondoliers, undated - Oversized materials in Box 9, Folders 10 and 11, undated series 1box 7folder 1
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert [producing] (1/7), 1987-1988 - Includes materials pertaining to Donald Berkowitz, Roger Stevens, Ann Zimmermann, Joe Green, Garland Wright, and Jonathan W. Olsen. Oversized costume designs in Box 9, Folder 12, 1987-1988 series 1box 7folder 2
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert (2/7), 1988 series 1box 7folder 3
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert (3/7), 1987 series 1box 7folder 4
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert [pages 1-74] (4/7), 1982 series 1box 7folder 5
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert [pages 75-end] (5/7), undated series 1box 7folder 6
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert [Casting and Production Notes] (6/7), 1987-1988 - Includes materials pertaining to James Gillies and Martha Mann, 1987-1988 series 1box 8folder 1
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert [Casting and Production Notes] (7/7), 1987-1988 - A photo from Sullivan and Gilbert is in HH2-2 - Side 1 Danna English and Edward Duke, Side 2 Mikado Scene, 1987-1988 series 1box 8folder 2
Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte [watercolor], 1999 series 1box 9folder 1
Mozart, Don Giovanni [photos], undated series 1box 9folder 2
Rossini, Cenerentola [photos], undated series 1box 9folder 3
Rossini, Cenerentola [printed images], undated series 1box 9folder 4
Rossini, Barbiere di Siviglia [printed images], undated series 1box 9folder 5
R. Strauss, Intermezzo [costume designs], undated series 1box 9folder 6
R. Strauss, Intermezzo [costume designs/watercolors], 2010 series 1box 9folder 7
Pinero, Trelawny of the "Wells" [souvenir program, The Nova Scotian], undated and 1860 series 1box 9folder 8
MacEwen, The Trojan Women [costume designs], undated series 1box 9folder 9
Gilbert/ Sullivan, The Gondoliers [script, notes], 1962 series 1box 9folder 10
Gilbert/ Sullivan, The Gondoliers [rehearsal calendar, cuts], 1962 series 1box 9folder 11
Ludwig, Sullivan and Gilbert [costume sketches], undated series 1box 9folder 12

Series 2: The Empty Voice: Acting Opera, 1986-2011 and undated (.5 linear feet)

This series consists of the book The Empty Voice: Acting Opera, by Leon Major with Michael Laing, and drafts, notes, and other materials associated with the book. The book is located in the Lowens Room for Special Collections Stacks, MT956 .M35 2011. This series also includes lesson plans, class transcripts, and other notes related to teaching. The materials are arranged in the original order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Notebook, 1993-1997 and undated series 2box 7folder 7
Notes/ Notes not used in opera book/ Completed notes, 1986-2006 and undated series 2box 7folder 8
Rough Notes Completed, 1990-1993 and undated series 2box 7folder 9
The Empty Voice: Acting Opera, draft (1/2), undated series 2box 7folder 10
The Empty Voice: Acting Opera, draft (2/2), undated series 2box 7folder 11
The Empty Voice, binder of draft, 1 of 2, Chapters 1-4, July 2010 series 2box 7folder 12
The Empty Voice, binder of draft, 2 of 2, Chapters 5-7, July 2010 series 2box 7folder 13

Series 3: Programs, 1902, c. 1943-1998 and undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series consists of programs of performances attended by Major. It is divided into two subseries.

Subseries 3.1: Programs of Performances Attended, 1902, c. 1943-1998 and undated (14 Folders)

This subseries contains programs for specific performances attended by Major. There is also a program from 1902 that was presumably either given to or purchased by Major. Some programs contain Major's notes or sketches. In most cases, the date Major attended is written on the program. Materials are arranged chronologically, by date of attendance.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Programs of Performances Attended (1/14), c. 1943-1956/57series 3.1box 10folder 1
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! New York: The Theater Guild National Company, c. 1943series 3.1box 10folder 1item 1.0
Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire. New York, c. 1947-c. 1949series 3.1box 10folder 1item 2.0
Offenbach, The Tales of Hoffmann. London: London Films, 1951series 3.1box 10folder 1item 3.0
Loesser, Swerling, and Burrows, Guys and Dolls. New York, c. 1951-c. 1953series 3.1box 10folder 1item 4.0
Cecov, Zio Vania [Uncle Vanya]. Rome: Teatro Eliseo, 1955series 3.1box 10folder 1item 5.0
Bertolazzi, Es nost Milan (La povera gent). Milan: Piccolo teatro della citta di Milano, 1955series 3.1box 10folder 1item 6.0
Miller, Morte di un Commesso Viaggiatore [Death of a Salesman]. Rome: Teatro Eliso, 1956series 3.1box 10folder 1item 7.0
Calderon, Der standhafte Prinz [The Steadfast Prince]. Hamburg: Deutsches Schauspielhaus, 1956series 3.1box 10folder 1item 8.0
Brecht/Weill, L'opera da tre soldi [Three Penny Opera]. Milan: Piccolo Teatro di Milano, 1956series 3.1box 10folder 1item 9.0
Goodrich and Hackett, Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank [The Diary of Anne Frank]. Hamburg: Thalia-Theaters Hamburg, 1956/57series 3.1box 10folder 1item 10.0
Pirandello, La favola del figlio cambiato. Milan: Piccolo teatro della citta di Milano, 1956/57series 3.1box 10folder 1item 11.0
Shaw, Le Disciple Du Diable [The Devil's Disciple]. Strasbourg: La Comedie de L'est at Centre Dramatique National, 1956/57series 3.1box 10folder 1item 12.0
Programs of Performances Attended (2/14), 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2
Gardner, The Moon and Sixpence. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 1.0
Gala D'Inauguration du Theatre de Comedie. Strasbourg: Comedie de L'est at Centre Dramatique National, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 2.0
Osborne, Look Back in Anger. London: English Stage Company at Royal Court Theatre, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 3.0
Shakespeare, King Henry VI Parts 1 and 2. London: The Old Vic Theatre; Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part 3. London: The Old Vic Company at The Old Vic Theatre, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 4.0
Marceau, Compagnie de Mime (Exercises of Style, Pantomimes de Bip, The Overcoat). London: Cambridge Theatre, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 5.0
Bach, Mass in B Minor. London: The Bach Choir at Royal Festival Hall, 1957. Contains notes by Major, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 6.0
Ustinov, Romanoff and Juliet. Bristol: The Bristol Old Vic Company at Theatre Royal, 1957. Contains notes by Major, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 7.0
Shakespeare, As You Like It. Stratford-upon-Avon: The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 8.0
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar. Stratford-upon-Avon: The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1957. Contains notes by Major, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 9.0
Shiels, Professor Tim; Gheon, Geamaireacht Droichid an Diabhail. Dublin: Abbey Theatre at The Queen's Theatre, 1957. Contains notes by Major, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 10.0
Strindberg, Totentanz I und II. Hamburg: Thalia-Theaters Hamburg, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 11.0
The Bolshoi Ballet: Filmed in Eastman Colour. London: The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, 1957series 3.1box 10folder 2item 12.0
Programs of Performances Attended (3/14), 1957/58-1958series 3.1box 10folder 3
Ferrari, Goldoni E Le Sue Sedici Commedie Nouve. Milan: Piccolo teatro della citta di Milano, 1957/58series 3.1box 10folder 3item 1.0
Mozart, Le Mariage de Figaro. Strasbourg, Centre Dramatique National, 1957/58series 3.1box 10folder 3item 2.0
Shakespeare, Hamlet. Strasbourg: La Comedie de L'est at Centre Dramatique National, 1957/58series 3.1box 10folder 3item 3.0
Steinbeck, Von Mausen und Menschen [Of Mice and Men]. Hamburg: Das Junge Theater, 1957/58series 3.1box 10folder 3item 4.0
Styne, Comden, and Green, Bells are Ringing. London: Coliseum, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 5.0
Verdi, Il Trovatore. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 6.0
Lehar, The Merry Widow. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Coliseum, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 7.0
Aristophanes, Lysistrata. London: English Stage Company at Royal Court Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 8.0
Poulenc, The Carmelites. London: Royal Opera House, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 9.0
Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 10.0
O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh. London: The Arts Theatre Club, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 11.0
Osborne and Creighton, Epitaph for George Dillon. London: English Stage Company at Royal Court Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 12.0
Connelly, Hunter's Moon. London: Winter Garden Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 13.0
Greene, The Potting Shed. London: Globe Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 3item 14.0
Programs of Performances Attended (4/14), 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4
Swann and Flanders, At the Drop of a Hat. London: Fortune Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 1.0
Britten, Peter Grimes. London: The Covent Garden Opera at Royal Opera House, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 2.0
Verdi, Aida. London: The Covent Garden Opera at Royal Opera House, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 3.0
Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady, London: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 4.0
Chekhov, Uncle Vanya. London: The Moscow Arts Theater at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 5.0
Rakhmanov, The Troubled Past. London: The Moscow Arts Theater at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 6.0
Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard. London: The Moscow Arts Theater at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 7.0
Chekhov, The Three Sisters. London: The Moscow Arts Theater at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 8.0
Puccini, La Boheme. London: The Covent Garden Opera at Royal Opera House, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 9.0
Roos, Speaking of Murder. London: St. Martin's Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 10.0
Puccini, Madame Butterfly. Rome: Terme Di Caracalla, Teatro Dell'Opera, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 11.0
Verdi, Un Ballo in Maschera. Rome: Terme Di Caracalla Teatro Dell'Opera, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 12.0
Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte. Paris: Theatre National de L'Opera, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 13.0
Mozart, Die Hochzeit des Figaro. Munich: Bayerische Staatsoper at Alten Residenztheaters, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 14.0
Houdry, Noon has no Shadows. London: The Arts Theatre Club, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 4item 15.0
Programs of Performances Attended (5/14), 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5
Kops, The Hamlet of Stepney Green. London: The Oxford Playhouse Production at Lyric Opera House Hammersmith, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 1.0
J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus. Vienna: Der Redoutensaal, Wiener Hofburg, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 2.0
Lothar/ Goethe, Faust. Hamburg: Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 3.0
Menotti/ Barber, Vanessa. Salzburg: Der Wiener Staatsoper, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 4.0
Shakespeare, Macbeth. Munich: Munchner Kammerspiele, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 5.0
Kalman, Die Csardasfurstin. Munich: Bayerische staatsheatertheater am Gartnerplatz, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 6.0
Menotti, Maria Golovin. Brussels: The NBC Opera Company at The U.S. Pavilion, Brussels Universal and International Exposition, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 7.0
Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nurenberg (Muchner Festspiele). Bayerische Staatsopper at Prinzregententheater, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 8.0
Alexander, Ferien fur Liebende [Holiday for Lovers]. Hamburg: Thalia-Theaters Hamburg, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 9.0
Mozart, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Edinburgh: Stuttgart State Opera at King's Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 10.0
The Edinburgh Tattoo. Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Festival, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 11.0
Shakespeare, Hamlet. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 12.0
Su-Chen, Funfzehn Schnure Geld [Contains notes by Major]. Hamburg: Thalia-Theaters Hamburg, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 13.0
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet [Contains notes by Major]. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 14.0
International Celebrity Recital. London: Royal Festival Hall, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 5item 15.0
Programs of Performances Attended (6/14), 1958-1966series 3.1box 10folder 6
Hauptmann, Iphigenie in Delphi. Hamburg: Deutsches Schauspielhaus, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 1.0
Verdi, Rigoletto. Berlin: Stadische Oper Berlin. Contains notes by Major, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 2.0
Wolfe/Frings, Schau heimwarts, Engel [Look Homeward, Angel]. Berlin: Schiller-Theater, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 3.0
Wagner, Der Ring Des Nibelungen [2 copies]. Berlin: Stadische Oper Berlin, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 4.0
Gounod, Faust. Paris: Theatre National de L'Opera, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 5.0
Cocteau, La Voix Humaine; Montherlandt, Le Maitre De Santiago [Contains notes by Major]. Paris: Salle Richelieu, Comedie Francaise, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 6.0
J. Strauss, Valses de Vienne. Paris: Theatre du Chatelet, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 7.0
Prokofiev, Romeo et Juliette. Paris: Theatre National de L'Opera Comique, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 8.0
Bernstein, West Side Story. London: Her Majesty's Theatre, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 9.0
Brecht, L'Anima Buona di Sezuan [The Good Person of Szechwan]. Milan: Piccolo teatro della citta di Milano, 1958series 3.1box 10folder 6item 10.0
MacLeish, J.B. New York: ANTA Playhouse, 1958 or laterseries 3.1box 10folder 6item 11.0
Tchaikovsky, Queen of Spades. New York: Metropolitan Opera at Metropolitan Opera, 1966series 3.1box 10folder 6item 12.0
Verdi, Rigoletto. New York: Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center Plaza, 1966series 3.1box 10folder 6item 13.0
Programs of Performances Attended (7/14), 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7
Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing. Washington D.C.: The National Theatre, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 1.0
Mozart, Idomeneo. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 2.0
Britten, Gloriana. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 3.0
Buchner, Dantons Tod [Danton's Death]. Vienna: Wiener Staats Oper, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 4.0
Kerr, Nie Wieder Mary. Vienna: Theater in der Jofestadt, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 5.0
Shakespeare, Der Kaufmann von Venedig [The Merchant of Venice]. Vienna: Burgtheater, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 6.0
Cechov, T?i Sestry [Three Sisters]. Prague: Divaldo Za Brandou, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 7.0
Lorca, Dum doni Bernardy [Contains notes by Major]. Prague: Narodni Divadlo - Cinohra, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 8.0
Brecht/Sophocle, Antigone. Paris: Le Living Theatre, Theatre Alpha 347, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 9.0
Murdoch, The Italian Girl. Bristol: The Bristol Old Vic Company at Theatre Royal, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 10.0
Shaw, The Man in the Glass Booth. London: St. Martin's Theatre, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 11.0
Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld. London: Sadler's Wells Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 7item 12.0
Programs of Performances Attended (8/14), 1969-1977series 3.1box 10folder 8
Vanbrugh, The Relapse. London: Royal Shakespeare Company at Aldwych Theatre, 1967series 3.1box 10folder 8item 1.0
Verdi, Macbeth [Contains notes by Major]. Toronto: Canadian Opera at O'Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts, 1971series 3.1box 10folder 8item 2.0
O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock. London: Irish Arts at The Mermaid Theatre, 1973series 3.1box 10folder 8item 3.0
Shakespeare, Otello. London: Royal Opera House, 1974series 3.1box 10folder 8item 4.0
Mozart, La clemenza di Tito. London: Royal Opera House, 1974series 3.1box 10folder 8item 5.0
Mozart, Die Zauberflote. Florence: Del Teatro Comunale, 1974series 3.1box 10folder 8item 6.0
Luciano Pavarotti. Toronto: International Artists at Massey Hall, 1977series 3.1box 10folder 8item 7.0
Berg, Lulu. New York: Metropolitan Opera, 1977series 3.1box 10folder 8item 8.0
Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard. New York: Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center, 1977series 3.1box 10folder 8item 9.0
Mamet, A Life in the Theatre. New York: Theatre de Lys, 1977series 3.1box 10folder 8item 10.0
Programs of Performances Attended (9/14), 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9
Purcell, Dido and Aeneas; Poulenc, Les Mamelles de Tiresias. London: English National Opera at London Coliseum, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 1.0
Showcase of Songs. Toronto: Musical Theatre Workshops at Theatre in the Dell, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 4.0
R. Strauss, Salome. Washington D.C.: The Vienna State Opera at Opera House, The Kennedy Center, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 5.0
Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Washington D.C.: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 6.0
Mozart, Le Nozze Di Figaro. Washington D.C.: The Vienna State Opera at Opera House, The Kennedy Center, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 7.0
Beethoven, Fidelio. Washington D.C.: The Vienna State Opera, at Opera House, The Kennedy Center, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 8.0
Stoppard, Night and Day. London: Phoenix Theatre, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 2.0
St. Mark's Gospel. Toronto: Alec McCowen at Toronto Truck Theatre, 1979series 3.1box 10folder 9item 3.0
Programs of Performances Attended (10/14), 1980-1983series 3.1box 10folder 10
Sondheim, Sweeney Todd. New York: Uris Theatre, 1980series 3.1box 10folder 10item 1.0
Allen and Rigby, Sugar Babies. New York: Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1980series 3.1box 10folder 10item 2.0
A Musical Evening with Joshua Logan. Toronto: Bayview Playhouse, Toronto Truck Theatre, 1980series 3.1box 10folder 10item 3.0
Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. New York: Nederlander Theatre, 1981series 3.1box 10folder 10item 4.0
Dickens/ Edgar, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. New York: The Royal Shakespeare Company at Plymouth Theatre, 1981series 3.1box 10folder 10item 5.0
Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin. Portland: Portland Opera at Civic Auditorium, 1981series 3.1box 10folder 10item 6.0
Jeffers, Medea. New York: Cort Theatre, 1982series 3.1box 10folder 10item 7.0
Offenbach, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. San Francisco: San Francisco Opera, 1983series 3.1box 10folder 10item 8.0
Mozart, Idomeneo. Amsterdam: De Nederlandse Operastichting at Stadsschouwburge te Amsterdam, 1983series 3.1box 10folder 10item 9.0
Programs of Performances Attended (11/14), 1984-1985series 3.1box 10folder 11
R. Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos. Cooperstown: Glimmerglass Opera Theater, 1984series 3.1box 10folder 11item 1.0
Bellini, La Sonnambula; Menotti, The Medium and the Telephone [2 copies]. Washington D.C.: Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center, 1984series 3.1box 10folder 11item 2.0
O'Neill, Strange Interlude. New York: Nederlander Theatre, 1985series 3.1box 10folder 11item 3.0
Donizetti, The Daughter of the Regiment [Contains notes by Major]. Lake George: Lake George Opera Festival Main Stage, 1985series 3.1box 10folder 11item 4.0
Chekhov, A Seagull. Washington D.C.: Eisenhower Theater, The Kennedy Center, 1985series 3.1box 10folder 11item 5.0
Programs of Performances Attended (12/14), 1986-1988series 3.1box 10folder 12
Segovia and Orezzoli, Tango Argentina. New York: Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1986series 3.1box 10folder 12item 1.0
Romberg, The New Moon. New York: New York City Opera at New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, 1986series 3.1box 10folder 12item 2.0
Menotti, Goya. Washington D.C.: Washington Opera at Opera House, The Kennedy Center, 1986series 3.1box 10folder 12item 3.0
Cavalli, L'Ormindo. Vienna, VA: Wolf Trap Opera Company at The Barns of Wolf Trap, 1987series 3.1box 10folder 12item 4.0
Gounod, Romeo et Juliette. Washington D.C.: Washington Opera at Opera House, The Kennedy Center, 1987series 3.1box 10folder 12item 5.0
Gershwin, Porgy and Bess. Baltimore: Baltimore Opera Company at Lyric Opera House, 1988series 3.1box 10folder 12item 6.0
Mozart, Don Giovanni; Britten, The Rape of Lucretia. Vienna, VA: Wolf Trap Opera Company at The Barns of Wolf Trap, 1988series 3.1box 10folder 12item 7.0
Programs of Performances Attended (13/14), 1989-1998series 3.1box 10folder 13
Matalon, Le Miracle Secret; Plath/ Toeplitz, J'Irai Vers le Nord, J'Irai Dans la Nuit Polaire. Avignon: L'Opera Autrement at Festival Avignon, CentreAcanthes, 1989series 3.1box 10folder 13item 1.0
Handel, Agrippina. Washington D.C.: Washington Opera at Eisenhower Theater, The Kennedy Center, 1992series 3.1box 10folder 13item 2.0
Beckett, Endgame. Washington D.C. and The Hague: San Quentin Drama Workshop at Maison Francaise and The Samuel Beckett Festival, 1992series 3.1box 10folder 13item 3.0
Loesser, The Most Happy Fella. New York: The Booth Theatre, 1992series 3.1box 10folder 13item 4.0
Copland, The Tender Land. Alexandria: Open Americana at The Ampitheatre, The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 1992series 3.1box 10folder 13item 5.0
Argento, The Dream of Valentino. Washington D.C.: Washington Opera at Eisenhower Theater, The Kennedy Center, 1994series 3.1box 10folder 13item 6.0
Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale. Washington D.C.: Royal Shakespeare Company at Eisenhower Theater, The Kennedy Center, 1994series 3.1box 10folder 13item 7.0
Bravo, Forever Tango. Washington D.C.: Warner Theater, 1996series 3.1box 10folder 13item 8.0
Lloyd Webber, Whistle Down the Wind. Washington D.C.: The Really Useful Company at The National Theater, 1996series 3.1box 10folder 13item 9.0
Panella, El Gato Montes. Washington D.C.: Washington Opera at Opera House, The Kennedy Center, 1996/97series 3.1box 10folder 13item 10.0
Hoiby, Bon Appetit; Moore, The Devil and Daniel Webster. Arlington: Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 1998series 3.1box 10folder 13item 11.0
Programs of Performances Attended (14/14), 1902 and undatedseries 3.1box 10folder 14
Grundy, Frocks and Frills [Contains 2 postcards]. London: Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1902series 3.1box 10folder 14item 1.0
Goldoni, Der Diener zweier Herren [Servant of Two Masters]. Bielefeld: Bielefelder Puppenspiele, undatedseries 3.1box 10folder 14item 2.0

Subseries 3.2: Season Guides, 1946/47-1958/59 (3 Folders)

This subseries contains souvenir programs and season guides. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Season Guides (1/3), 1946/47-1957series 3.2box 10folder 15
The Ballet Theatre. New York, 1946/47series 3.2box 10folder 15item 1.0
Bayreuth Munchen Festspiele. Munich, 1954series 3.2box 10folder 15item 2.0
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Stratford-upon-Avon, 1957series 3.2box 10folder 15item 3.0
Season Guides (2/3), 1958series 3.2box 10folder 16
Brussels World Exposition. Brussels: American Pavilion Theatre, 1958series 3.2box 10folder 16item 1.0
Moscow Art Theatre: A Symposium. London, 1958series 3.2box 10folder 16item 2.0
The Moscow Arts Theatre: Chekov Plays. London: The Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1958series 3.2box 10folder 16item 3.0
Salzburg Festival. Salzburg, 1958series 3.2box 10folder 16item 4.0
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Stratford-upon-Avon, 1958series 3.2box 10folder 16item 5.0
Season Guides (3/3), 1958/59series 3.2box 10folder 17
Bayerische Staatsoper. Munich: Prinzregententheater, 1958/59series 3.2box 10folder 17item 1.0
Le travail au theater de la cite. Paris: Theatre de la Cite, 1958/59series 3.2box 10folder 17item 2.0

Series 4: Related Items, 1957-1997 (1 Folder, 1 23.5 x 35 inch piece of artwork)

This series consists of two opera magazines, one program for a bullfight, and a piece of artwork. The artwork is displayed in the Study Lounge, MSPAL Upper Level. These materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Related Publications, 1957-1997 series 4box 10folder 18

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