Opera Subject Guide
Martina Arroyo (1937- ). Audio recordings, scrapbooks, reviews, awards, and other items from the great African-American soprano.
Kurt Baum (1900-1989). Printed material, photographs, correspondence, audio recordings, and other items from the acclaimed tenor.
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Significant correspondence regarding his music. In the Charles Reid Collection.
Rudolf Bing (1902-1997). Manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, printed material, and correspondence from the influential impresario and General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera of New York from 1950 to 1972.
Karin Branzell (1891-1974). Correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia from the noted Swedish contralto.
Sarah Caldwell (1924-2006). An extensive collection of correspondence, musical scores, programs, production files, manuscripts, scrapbooks, audio and video recordings, and much more from the legendary conductor, producer, and director, including numerous items pertaining to the Opera Company of Boston.
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826). Music manuscript for Oberon, bound, voice and piano parts only, in the Richards Manuscript Collection; also, the printed score, first German edition, 1826, in the Rare Books.
Carlo Coccia (1782-1873). Hand-copied scores for his operas Cariotta e Werther; Ciotilde; and La Donna Selvaggia. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Nedda Casei (1932- ). Scores, letters, photographs, and much more from the American operatic mezzo-soprano.
Eva Wagner Chamberlain (1867-1942). Correspondence from important German cultural figures, including several from the Wagner family, to the daughter of Richard Wagner and wife of influential English fascist Houston Stewart Chamberlain.
Phyllis Curtin (1921-2016). Photographs, scores, and other items from the acclaimed American soprano singer and educator.
Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801). Hand-copied scores for his operas Il Matrimonio Segreto (1792) and La Ballerina Amante (1783). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Federico Ricci (1809-1877). Hand-copied score for his opera La Prigione di Edimburgo (1837). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Ferdinando Paer (1771-1839). Hand-copied scores for his operas Griselda (1798) and Agnese (1811). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Filippo Grazioli (1773-1840). Hand-copied score of his opera Il Pellegrino Bianco. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Francesco Morlacci (1784-1841). Hand-copied scores for his opera Tebaldo e Isolina. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Music manuscript, Armida, first performance Feb. 26, 1784. Opera score in two volumes. Manuscript copy by Esterhazy copyist No. 63 with many holograph additions and corrections in Haydn's hand. Dicovered in Italy where it was presumably sent by Haydn. Reproduced in Haydn Yearbook XIX, 1993. Vol. 1, 196 p. on 98 leaves. Vol. 2, 332 p. on 98 leaves. Also, extensive research material regarding Haydn's life and music. In the H.C. Robbins Landon Collection.
Olive Fremstad (1871-1951). Scores, photographs, and personal items from one of the great Wagnerian mezzo-sopranos.
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Hand-copied scores for his operas Alahor di Granata (1826); Gianni di Calais (1828); L'Esule di Roma (1829); L'Elisir d'Amore (1829); Fausta (1831); Tarquato Tasso (1833); Parasina (1833); Lucrezia Borgia (1834); Gemma di Vergy (1835); Lucia di Lammermoor (1835); Marino Faliero (1835); Belisario (1836); Roberto Devereux (1836); Linda di Chamounix (1842); Poliuto; and the work Otto Mesi in Due Ore (1828). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851). Hand-copied score for his opera La Vestale (1805). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864). Hand-copied scores for his operas Il Crociato in Egitto (1823); Roberto il Diavolo (1831); and Romilda e Costanza, in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection; also an inscribed printed score for his opera Le Prophete, dated July 12, 1849, in the Rare Books.
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Handwritten letter, Mar. 2, 1911. In the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868). Hand-copied scores for his operas L'Occasione Fail Ladro (1812); Aureliano in Palmira (1813); Tancredi (1813); L'Italiana in Algeri (1813); Il Turco in Italia (1814); Elisabetta Regina D'Inghilterra (1815); Torvaldo e Dorliska (1815); Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816); La Gazetta (1816); Otello (1816); Cenerentola (1817); La Gazza Ladra (1817); Ricciardo e Zoraide (1818); Mose in Egitto (1818); Bianca e Falliero (1819); La Donna del Lago (1819); Matilde di Shabran (1821); Zelmira (1821); Semiramide (1823); and L'Assedio di Corinto (1828); in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection; also, three handwritten letters (1851-1853), a signed album leaf (1860) and a signed photograph (1862), in the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Giovanni Pacini (1796-1867). Hand-copied scores for his operas La Sacerdotessa d'Irminsul (1817); Il Trionfo della Fede (1827); L'Ultimo Giorno di Pompei (1835); Allessandro nell'Indie; Ossia gli Arabi delle Gallie; Medea; and Bondelmonte. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816). Music manuscript, Le Barbier de Seville, [1782]. Leatherbound, 256 p. on 129 leaves, with performance location and date given, in the H. C. Robbins Landon Collection; also a hand-copied score for his opera La Serva Padrona (1769), in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Giuseppe Nicolini (1762-1842). Hand-copied score for his opera Quinto Fabio (1811). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Giuseppe Persiani (1799-1869). Hand-copied score for his opera Ines di Castro. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Hand-copied scores for his operas Ernani (1844); I Due Foscari (1844); Attila (1846); Luisa Miller (1849); Rigoletto; Macbeth; Saffo; Il Trovatore; Aida; and Nabucco, in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection; also, a signed album leaf from Il Trovatore (1855) and a handwritten letter (1863), in the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, notebooks, audio recordings, and other material from the recognized Argentinian composer of classical music
Denyce Graves (1963). An extensive collection of correspondence, professional material, programs, photographs, awards, and other items, documenting the life and career of this acclaimed operatic and popular African-American vocalist.
Giuseppe Gazzaniga (1743-1818). Hand-copied score for his opera La Dama Soldato. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956). Handwritten letter regarding changes to his opera Louise; also a signed album leaf and a signed photograph. In the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Jerry Hadley (1952-2007). Correspondence, photographs, programs, audio and video recordings, memorabilia, and other items from the noted American tenor.
Jerome Hines (1921-2003). Manuscripts, photographs, audio and video recordings, memorabilia, costumes, and other material from the popular basso performer, composer, and mathematician.
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880). Handwritten letter. In the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Frederick Jagel (1897-1972). Photographs, scores, audio recordings, correspondence, reviews, programs, and other items from the renowned American tenor.
Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Bound manuscript for his opera Werther, in the Richards Manuscript Collection; also two inscribed printed scores, dated 1893 and 1908, in the Rare Books; and an inscribed printed score for his opera El Cid, dated 1900, in the Rare Books.
Alexander Kipnis (1891-1978). Sheet music, correspondence, financial material, printed material, photographs, manuscripts, and other items from the world-class basso.
Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962). Numerous letters and photographs from the acclaimed and controversial soprano. In the Edwin McArthur Collection.
Dorothy Kirsten (1910-1992). Seven scrapbooks documenting the life and career of this revered American soprano.
Richard Levin (1910-2000). Many images of notable individuals visiting the BBC Television studios in London, where Levin was Head of Design; including Queen Elizabeth II, Louis Armstrong, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Duke Ellington, Bob Hope, John Gielgud, and several other entertainers and performing artists.
Lorraine Hunt (1954-2006) and Peter Lieberson (1954-2006) Scores, correspondence, photographs, and other items from the popular American mezzo-soprano, noted for her performances of both Baroque era and contemporary works.
George London (1919-1985). Manuscripts, correspondence, musical scores and libretti, photographs, professional material, and scrapbooks from the great Basso singer and educator.
Jean Madeira (1924-1972). Photographs, programs, and clippings regarding the celebrated American contralto.
Marcus Antonio Portogallo (1762-1830). Hand-copied score for his opera L'Oro Non Compra Amor. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
James McCracken (1926-1988). Manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, audio and video recordings, scrapbooks, and other material from the acclaimed American tenor.
Michael Sahl (1934- ) and Margaret Yard. Manuscripts for the opera John Grace Ranter (1996), by Sahl (music) and Yard (libretto). In the Tom O'Horgan Collection.
Michael Tippett (1905-1998). Score for King Priam, with correspondence. In the Sam Wanamaker Collection.
Michele Enrico Carafa (1787-1872). Hand-copied scores for his operas Il Vascello d'Occidente (1814); Berenice in Siria (1818); and Gabriella di Verg (1818). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Nicola Vaccai (1790-1848). Hand-copied scores for his operas Giovanna d'Arco and Zadig ed Astartea. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Perry Arthur Kroeger. Senator Joe, opera by Perry Arthur Kroeger and Tom O'Horgan. Draft, 78 p.; includes holograph notes on verso. Draft from production at Neil Simon Theatre, 103 p., 6 copies. Score, 19 p.; includes holograph notes. In the Tom O'Horgan Collection.
Pietro Antonio Coppola (1793-1877). Hand-copied scores for his opera La Nina Puzza per Amore (1835). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Pietro Generali (1783-1832). Hand-copied scores for his operas L'Idolo Cinese (1807); Adelina (1814); Baccanali di Roma (1915); Chiara di Rosamberghi (1820s); Emilio; Il Bajazet; and Le Lagrime d'Una Vedova. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Pietro Guglielmi (1728-1804). Hand-copied score for his opera Trionfo di Guiditta. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945). Music manuscript, "Intermezzo," from Cavalleria Rusticana, Oct. 26, 1888; music manuscript, "Aria," from Il Piccolo Marat, Oct. 16, 1919; and printed score for In Filandia, signed, 1881. In the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). Manuscript for his opera Othello. In the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870). Hand-copied scores for his operas Apoteosi d'Ercole (1819); Violenza e Costanza (1819); Didone Abbandonata (1823); Caritea Regina di Spagna (1826); La Vestale; and Il Bravo. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Bidú Sayão (1902-1999). Scores, photographs, correspondence, and personal items from the great Brazilian soprano.
Simon Mayr (1763-1845). Hand-copied scores for his operas Ginevra di Scozia (1801); Le Due Giornati (1801); Elisa (1804); L'Amor Coniungale (1805); Adelasia e Aleramo (1807); Trionfo dell'Amicizia; and Ifigenia. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Rise Stevens (1938-). Scrapbooks, printed material, manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, photographs, awards, and artwork from the celebrated mezzo-soprano.
Jennie Tourel (1900-1973). Audio recordings, photographs, correspondence, and other items from the popular mezzo-soprano, known for her recitals of contemporary music.
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). Hand-copied scores for his operas Bianca e Gernando (1926); Il Pirata (1927); Norma (1831); Beatrice di Tenda (1933); La Sonnambula (1931); Capuletti e Montecchi (1830); and I Puritani (1934). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Vincenzo Federici (1764-1826). Hand-copied scores for his operas Le Cantatrici Villane (1806); Adelajde e Comingio Romiti; Zaira; and Pittore. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Vincenzo Pucitta (1778-1861). Hand-copied score for his operas I Due Prigioneri (1801) and La Vestale (1810). In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Vitbrio Trento (1761-1833). Hand-copied score for his opera Ossia gli Assassini. In the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collection.
Deborah Voigt (1960-). Correspondence, photographs, programs, reviews, audio recordings, and other items from one of America’s pre-eminent sopranos.
William E. Bolcom (1938- ) and Arnold Weinstein (1927- ). Music manuscript, Casino Paradise, manuscript of libretto for opera (music by William E. Bolcom, libretto by Arnold Weinstein); commissioned by the American Music Theater Festival, 1987; first performed in Philadelphia, Apr. 4, 1990. Typed (photocopy), 46 p.; includes ancillary material. In the Manuscript File Collection.
William Harper (1949- ) and Bernardo Solano. Manuscripts for El Greco, an opera by Harper (composer) and Solano (librettist), ca. 1991. In the Tom O'Horgan Collection.
Francesca Zambello (1956-). Manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, artwork, set and costume designs, audio and video recordings, and other items from the internationally recognized American opera and theatre director.