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NEC Opera

2 manuscript boxes containing photographs, newspaper clippings, press releases, programs, and a little correspondence, and five CDs containing photographs.

Organizational description:

This collection covers opera performances put on by NEC under the direction of Boris Goldovsky (1942-1965), Thomas Phillips, and John Moriarty, and Greg Smucker (2010) 

Provenance:

This collection comes from three sources. Some of the photos had been stored in the NEC archives for an indefinite period of time; other materials, mainly from the 1960s, had belonged to Chester Williams (former Dean and President of NEC). These were given to NEC in 2001. Finally, other photographs were given to the archives by NEC’s Public Relations department which had been collected over the years.

Access:

Access to the NEC Opera Collection is granted by the NEC Archivist.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance.  There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection.

Copyright:

For copyright permissions, consult the Archivist or Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited as: NEC Opera Collection, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.

Scope & Content

This collection contains materials relating to NEC Opera productions from 1926-2011 (bulk 1941-1990). These materials include primarily photographs, newspaper clippings, and press releases. There is also correspondence dealing with a few of the productions. The collection is organized chronologically with the unidentified photos at the end. There is also one folder dedicated to Opera Boston, an organization which cast many NEC performers. Finally, this collection contains CDs with photographs from the casts of The Magic Flute (2010), Ariadne auf Naxos(2011) and Dido and Aeneas (2011).

Container List

Box 1 – Folder 1
Madame Butterfly, 1926-1927, n.d.
Box 1 – Folder 2
Il Pagliacci, May 1941
Box 1 – Folder 3
Der Rosenkavalier, May 1941
Box 1 – Folder 4
Samson and Delilah, May 1941
Box 1 – Folder 5
Suor Angelica, April 1942
Box 1 – Folder 6
Aida, February 1943
Box 1 – Folder 7
Marriage by the Lantern, February 1943
Box 1 – Folder 8
Hansel and Gretel, 1944?
Box 1 – Folder 9
Falstaff (scene), May 1949
Box 1 – Folder 10
The Marriage of Figaro, May 1949
Box 1 – Folder 11
Il Tabarro, WGBH, May 22, 1958
Box 1 – Folder 12
Susannah, May 1959
Box 1 – Folder 13
Trouble in Tahiti, 1959
Box 1 – Folder 14
The Spanish Hour, May 1960
Box 1 – Folder 15
Dido and Aeneas, April 1961
Box 1 – Folder 16
King Theodore in Venice, March 1962
Box 1 – Folder 17
The Cloak/The Medium, November 1962
Box 1 – Folder 18
The Bartered Bride, May 1963
Box 1 – Folder 19
L’Enfant Prodigue/The Old Maid and the Thief, October 1963
Box 1 – Folder 20
Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 1963
Box 1 – Folder 21
Dialogues of the Carmelites, February 1964
Box 1 – Folder 22
Cosi fan tutte, May 1964
Box 1 – Folder 23
Comedy on the Bridge/Acis and Galatea, May 1965
Box 1 – Folder 24
The Saint of Bleeker Street, November 1965
Box 1 – Folder 25
Hansel and Gretel, December 1965
Box 1 – Folder 26
The Marriage of Figaro, Spring 1966
Box 1 – Folder 27
Falstaff, February 1967

Box 2 – Folder 1
Opera Gala (Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Rape of Lucretia, La Boheme, Anthony and
Cleopatra, Don Carlo, April 28, 1967
Box 2 – Folder 2
Midsummer Night’s Dream, May 1967
Box 2 – Folder 3
Castle Hill, Coronation of Poppea, 1967 (Summer)
Box 2 – Folder 4
NEC Opera Theater(Rigoletto, Werther, Orfeo, Susannah), November 1967
Box 2 – Folder 5
Ba Ta Clan/Il Signor Bruschino, May 1969
Box 2 – Folder 6
The Magic Flute, February 13-17, 1972
Box 2 – Folder 7
The Spanish Hour, February 1974
Box 2 – Folder 8
Die Fledermaus, 1983
Box 2 – Folder 9
Doctor Miracle, January 1984
Box 2 – Folder 10
L’Enfant et les Sortileges, January 1984
Box 2 – Folder 11
Falstaff, April 11-14, 1985
Box 2 – Folder 12
Il Signor Bruschino/Viva la Mamma, January 1986
Box 2 – Folder 13
Suor Angelica, October 1986
Box 2 – Folder 14
Gianni Schicci/Riders to the Sea, January 1987
Box 2 – Folder 15
Marriage by the Lanternlight (Offenbach)/Angelique(Ibert) – Jan. 1988
Box 2 – Folder 16
L’Etoile, January 1989
Box 2 – Folder 17
Die Fledermaus, February 1990
Box 2 – Folder 18
Albert Herring, April 1990
Box 2 – Folder 19
Susannah, April 1991
Box 2 – Folder 20
The Rake’s Progress, January 30-31, February 1, 1992
Box 2 – Folder 21
Il Signor Bruschino, January 1993
Box 2 – Folder 22
The Threepenny Opera, 1999
Albert Herring, 2002
The Tender land / Copland, January 2003
Box 2 – Folder 23
Candide / Bernstein, April 2003
Box 2 – Folder 24
Unidentified
Box 2 – Folder 25
Opera Boston

Box 2: CDs: Photos by Andrew Hurlbut

The Magic Flute: Friday Cast Dress Rehearsal, 11/17/2010
The Magic Flute: Saturday Cast Dress Rehearsal, 11/18/2010
Ariadne auf Naxos, Friday Cast, April 27, 2011
Ariadne auf Naxos/Dido and Aeneas, Saturday Cast, April 28, 2011
Dido and Aeneas, Friday Cast, April 27, 2011

*For program of Chadwick’s The Padrone from 1997, please see the Chadwick collection.