An archive of approximately 150 original programs dating from ca. 1911 to 1993 plus associated ephemera
by [Metropolitan Opera New York - 20th Century]
PROGRAMSAn early program advertising the "First performance in America of Saint-Saens' Opera, Samson and Dalila" with Tamagno and Mantelli, Mancinelli conducting1911-12January 18. La Traviata with Tetrazzini, Sturani conducting1912-13January 23. Die Zauberflöte with Lankow, Hempel and Destinn, Hertz conducting (wrappers detached, some leaves loose, 3 leaves with portions excised)1913-14January 3. Madama Butterfly with Farrar, Toscanini conductingMarch 21. Orfeo ed Euridice with Homer and Gadski, Toscanini conducting1914-15 March 27. Tosca with cast including Geraldine Farrar, Polacco conductingApril 13. Carmen with cast including Geraldine Farrar, Toscanini conducting 1915-1916March 2. Tristan und Isolde with cast including Urlus, Bodanzky conducting1916 Spring SeasonProspectus1916-17April 7. Die Meistersinger with cast including Gadski, Bodanzky conductingDecember 23. Tristan und Isolde with Urlus, Bodanzky conducting1917-18March 23. Shanewis... An American opera in Two Acts... Music by Charles Wakefield Cadman with Braslau, Moranzoni conductingMarch 24. Nineteenth Sunday Concert, Josef Hofmann pianist, Hageman conducting1922-23December 1. Tosca with Jeritza, Moranzoni conducting1923-24January 11. Boris Godunoff with Chaliapin, Papi conducting1924-25ProspectusMarch 7. Lohengrin with Bohnen, Bodanzky conductingMarch 27. Pelleas et Melisande with Bori, Hasselmans conducting1925-26December 28. Falstaff with Scotti, Serafin conductingFebruary 19. Gianni Schicchi with de Luca, Papi conducting; Skyscrapers "first performance anywhere... a ballet of modern American life by John Alden Carpenter" with Troy, Hasselmans conducting; PagliacciFebruary 20. Die Walküre with Laubenthal, Bodanzky conducting1927-28December 26. Der Rosenkavalier with Easton, Bodanzky conducting1930-31February 27. Peter Ibbetson with Johnson, Serafin conductingFebruary 28. L'Africana with Didur, Serafin conducting1931April 27-May 2. Cleveland. La Traviata with Ponselle, Tosca with Jeritza, Mignon with Bori, Carmen with Jeritza, Rigoletto with Gigli, Norma with Swarthout, Peter Ibbetson with Johnson, and Lucia di Lammermoor with Pons, various conductorsMay 4. Rochester. La Traviata with Bori, Serafin conducting1931-32February 12. Tannhäuser with Bohnen, Bodanzky conductingApril 11. Lakme with Pons, Hasselmans conducting 1934March 30. Parsifal with Schorr, Bodanzky conductingApril 14. Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana1935January 4. Der Rosenkavalier with Lehman, Bodanzky conductingMarch 25. La Gioconda with Jacobo, Panizza conducting1935-36January 22. Die Walküre with Melchior, Bodanzky conductingFebruary 3. Die Meistersinger with Rethberg, Bodanzky conductingFebruary 13. Mignon with Bori, Hasselmans conductingMarch 12. Cavalleria Rusticana with Castagna, Papi conducting; Errante1936-37February 4. Cavalleria Rusticana with Ponselle, Papi conducting; Le Coc d'OrApril 8. Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Andreva, Abravanel conducting1937-38April 13. Parsifal with Melchior, Bodanzky conductingApril 15. Parsifal with Melchior, Bodanzky conducting1940-41March 2. Aida with Bampton, Panizza conductingDecember 7. Der Rosenkavalier with Lehmann, Leinsdorf conductingFebruary 28. The Bartered Bride with Kent, Walter conductingApril 2. Rigoletto with Tibbett, Papi conducting1947-48November 19. Il Trovatore with Roman, Cooper conductingNovember 21. Die Meistersinger with Stoska, Martin conductingDecember 5. Aida with Ilitsch, Cooper conductingJanuary 7. Das Rheingold with Berglund, Stiedry conductingJanuary 21. Siegfried with Svanholm, Stiedry conductingJanuary 29. Goetterdaemmerung with Melchior, Stiedry conductingFebruary 6. Das Rheingold with Berglund, Stiedry conductingFebruary 13. Manon with Sayao, Pelletier conductingFebruary 18. Siegfried with Melchior, Stiedry conductingFebruary 20. Tristan und Isolde with Melchior, Busch conductingFebruary 24. Goetterdaemmerung with Svanholm, Stiedry conductingFebruary 27. La Traviata with Kirsten, Antonicelli conductingMarch 5. Don Giovanni with Pinza, Busch conductingMarch 10. Parsifal with Melchior, Stiedry conductingMarch 13. Tristan und Isolde with Melchior, Busch conducting1948-49December 10. Louise with Kirsten, Cooper conductingDecember 17. Tristan und Isolde with Melchior, Busch conductingJanuary 7. Madama Butterfly with Kirsten, Antonicelli conductingFebruary 28. Siegfried with Svanholm, Stiedry conducting March 4. Goetterdaemmerung with Svanholm, Stiedry conductingMarch 11. Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Knight, Cimara conductingMarch 12. Otello with Vinay, Busch conductingMarch 25. Le Nozze di Figaro with Brownlee and Tajo, Reiner conductingApril 2. Otello with Vinay, Cellini conducting1949-50December 12. Die Walkuere with Melchior, Stiedry conducting (2 copies)January 14. Siegfried with Svanholm, Stiedry conductingJanuary 19. Goetterdaemmerung with Svanholm, Stiedry conductingFebruary 28. Siegfried with Svanholm, Stiedry conductingMay 11. La Boheme with Tucker, Antonicelli conducting (2 copies)November 13. Der Fliegende Hollaender with Nilsson, Adler conducting1951-52February 29. Il Trovatore with Milanov, Erede conducting1952-53January 23. Cosi fan Tutte with Steber, Stiedry conductingFebruary 29. Cosi fan Tutte with Steber, Stiedry conductingMarch 30. Samson et Dalila with Stevens and Vinay, Cleva conducting1953-54March 27. Norma with Milanov, Cleva conducting1958-59January 27. Un Ballo in Maschera with Peerce and Merrill, Schippers conducting1962-63October 27. Cavalleria Rusticana with Gorr, Cleva conducting; Pagliacci with Kabaiwanska (debut), Cleva conductingMarch 28. Adriana Lecouvreur with Albanese, Varviso conducting - a new productionMarch 30. La Sonnambula with Sutherland, Varviso conducting - a new productionApril 15. Boris Godunov with Hines, Rosenstock conductingApril 16. Tosca with Tucci, Varviso conductingApril 17. Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg with Schöffler, Rosenstock conductingApril 18. Cavalleria Rusticana with Farrell, Cleva conducting1963-64March 31. Eugene Onegin with Kriese and Guarrera, Schippers conductingApril 3. Falstaff with Corena, Bernstein conducting - a new productionApril 4. Otello with McCracken and Tebaldi, Santi conductingApril 4. Macbeth with MacNeil and Nilsson, Santi conductingApril 15. La Boheme with Tucker, Cleva conductingApril 16. Don Giovanni with Siepi, Rosenstock conductingApril 17. Manon with Moffo, Schippers conductingApril 18. Tosca with Nilsson, Cleva conductingApril 19. Lucia di Lammermoor with Sutherland, Varviso conducting1965January 25. Der Fliegende Hollaender with Tozzi, Böhm conductingMarch 25. Tosca with Callas, Tucker and Gobbi, Cleva conductingNovember 10. Don Carlo with Giaiotti and Prevedi, Schippers conducting1966-67April 21, 1966. Season program for the last complete performance of the Old Metropolitan Opera at the War Memorial in Boston. Faust with Tucci, Gedda, Siepi and Merrill. October 2. Die Frau ohne Schatten with King, Böhm conductingNovember 10. La Gioconda with Tebaldi, Cleva conducting - new production (2 copies)November 16. Antony and Cleopatra by Samuel Barber with Price and Diaz, Schippers conducting, choreography by Alvin Ailey - a new production1969January 25. La Boheme with Labò, Adler conducting1970-71December 18. Madama Butterfly with Cruz-Romo (debut), Molinari-Pradelli conductingDecember 28. Andrea Chénier with Dominto and Tebaldi, Cleva conductingJanuary 27. Die Frau ohne Schatten with Nagy and Rysanek, Böhm conducting1973-74Les Troyens with Vickers, Nelson conducting - a new production1983October 22. Centennial Gala (2 copies)1993September 27. Opening Night Gala celebrating the 25th anniversaries of the Metropolitan Opera debuts of Plácido Domingo and Luciano PavarottiBOSTON PERFORMANCES1965April 24. The Last Savage with Gramm, LaMarchina conducting1966April 19. Andrea Chenier with Corelli and Tebaldi, Schick conductingApril 20. Lohengrin with Kónya, Rosenstock conducting - a new productionApril 22. Queen of Spades with Resnik, Schippers conducting - a new production1968April 22. Luisa Miller with Milnes and Caballé, Cleva conducting1969April 25. Adriana Lecouvreur with Tebaldi, Cleva conductingApril 26. La Boheme with Alexander, Franci conductingApril 26. Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Alva, Lombard conducting1970April 25. Die Zauberflöte with Macurdy, Skrowaczewski conducting1974April 27. Turandot with Hollaway, Ötvos conducting (2 copies)1977April 19. La Bohème with Sardinero, Behr conducting1978April 25. Cavalleria Rusticana with Cecchele; Pagliacci with MacNeil, Veltri conductingApril 27. La Favorita with Morris, Veltri conductingApril 28. Rigoletto with MacNeil, Masini conducting1989-90Season program1991-92Season programVarious sizes (folio, quarto, octavo), some in colour. Overall condition is quite good, with occasional signs of wear including creasing, soiling and some tears, several leaves detached. LIBRETTILeoni. L'Oracolo. c1915Wolff. L'Oiseau Bleu. c1907 etc.EPHEMERA- Souvenir tile ca. 153 x 153 mm. commemorating the "Inaugural Night and First Night of the Subscription, when Gounod's Opera of "Faust." Will be presented with the following Cast" including Campanini, Novara, del Puente, Contini, Scalchi, Lablache and Nilsson, October 22, 1883.- Calendars 1980s - 90s- Regional Auditions in the New England Area, 1969-70, 1975- Approximately 25 miscellaneous programs dating from 1965 to 1982- Approximately 50 miscellaneous program excerpts dating from 1947 to 1974- 70th Anniversary program- Annual reports 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72. (Inventory #: 24171)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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