5 finding aid(s) found containing the word(s) Opera--20th century.

  1. Belle Brown collection, 1865-1912

    180 items. 3 containers. 1.75 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Belle Brown was an American soprano who had a brief operatic career abroad around the turn of the twentieth century. Although little biographical information exists about her, the contents of this collection document her relationships with prominent and respected European performers of the day. She studied with many celebrated performers and pedagogues, including Désirée Artôt, Pauline Lucca, and Jean and Edouard de Reszke. The collection contains correspondence with performers and pedagogues; photographs and prints of composers, performers, musicians, and other influential figures in European musical society around the turn of the century; and miscellaneous clippings and ephemeral materials.

  2. National Negro Opera Company collection, 1879-1997

    11,250 items. 68 containers. 39 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    The National Negro Opera Company, the first African-American opera company in the United States, was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1941, by Mary Cardwell Dawson. The collection contains materials and records related to the company and to Dawson. It includes correspondence, administrative and financial records, photographs, programs, promotional and publicity materials, scrapbooks, clippings, address books, notebooks, music, and books. In addition, the collection contains materials related to opera singer La Julia Rhea, who performed with the company, and Walter M. Dawson, Mary Cardwell Dawson's husband, who worked for the company.

  3. Helen Traubel papers, 1910-1972

    approximately 3,500 items. 36 containers. 18.5 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Helen Traubel (1899-1972) was an American soprano and writer. Known for her Wagnerian opera roles, Traubel spent 16 years at the Metropolitan Opera before exploring work in television, musical theater, and nightclubs. This collection documents her career through correspondence, photographs, scripts, scrapbooks, and her annotated music scores and orchestra library.

  4. Houston L. Maples family collection on Russian theatre, opera, and ballet, 1940-2004

    approximately 180 items. 4 containers. 2 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    Houston L. Maples was a United States naval attaché to Moscow. His son, Houston Maples Jr., worked in the State Department's Moscow Office of Information and Culture. The collection includes photographs, programs, and writings pertaining to dance and opera, particularly in the immediate post-World War II period in the Soviet Union. The Bolshoi Theatre and Kirov Ballet (now known as Mariinsky Ballet) are well-represented.

  5. Correspondence of Elizabeth Mitchell Stephenson Fite and the American National Opera Company, 1864-1951

    approximately 125 items. 1 container. .5 linear feet. -- Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    This collection documents the efforts of Elizabeth Mitchell Stephenson Fite to establish the American National Opera Company, a performing organization that endeavored to present operas in English, but did not realize that vision." Reflected in the materials is the involvement or opinions of noteworthy musicians such as George Whitfield Chadwick, Reginald De Koven, Arthur Foote, Victor Herbert, and others. It also contains correspondence addressed to other individuals, possibly related to Fite’s work at The Circle and Success magazine, published in New York in the first decade of the twentieth century. Also included is correspondence and documents believed to be related to Fite’s family members as well as a small number of photographs, clippings, and autographs.