Friday, July 04, 2014

Good News from San Francisco Opera

I already knew that the Wilsey Center, which will be constructed in the Veterans Building on Van Ness, adjacent to the Opera House, will house an archive. What I did not know, but learned from the Show Boat program, is that there is a project underway to catalog the archival holdings of the company. It is a big project, because there are significant gaps in the materials that have been located; for example, it's just not possible that no one took production photos in 19555 and 1956.

They're looking for volunteers, and if you're interested in joining the 13 current volunteers, or you have materials to donate, send email with details to archive@sfopera.com.

And if you've read the article in the program, for the record, Lotte Lehmann never sang a complete Isolde here or anywhere else, though she did record a tender and lovely version of Isolde's transfiguration. Her SFO roles were Cio-Cio-San, Tosca, Sieglinde, and the Marschallin. 

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