2006.001 - 2006.001 accrual

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Reference code

CA ON00349 2006.001

Title

2006.001 accrual

Date(s)

  • 1939 - 1998 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

505 lin cm textual records

316 photographs
316 col. and b&w prints

455 audio documents
69 acetate discs (12”, 10”)
8 transcription discs (12”, 10”)
293 vinyl discs (12”, 10”, 7”)
85 1/4” tapes

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Name of creator

(1920 - 2009)

Biographical history

Jan Rubeš was a singer, actor and director whose career spanned more than half a century. Born in Volynĕ, Czechoslovakia in 1920, Rubeš was the second son of a local bank manager. Although he had planned to follow his brother into medicine, his studies were interrupted by the closure of the Faculty of Medicine at Charles University by the German occupying forces during World War II. Rubeš transferred to the Prague Conservatory, where he studied under Hilbert Vavre and launched a career as a promising basso. In 1948, while representing Czechoslovakia at the International Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, Rubes sought and was granted political asylum in Canada. In 1950, he married fellow singer and actress Susan Douglas, who would remain his partner for the next six decades (and with whom he would have three children).

Rubeš was a soloist with the CBC Opera (1949-1958), and an original member of the Opera Festival Company of Toronto (later the Canadian Opera Company). He appeared more than 1,000 times in over 50 Canadian Opera Company productions, and participated in some 20 national tours. He also performed as guest soloist with opera companies in Frankfurt, Mexico, Central America, New York City, Detroit, Seattle, and New Orleans.

Between 1953 and 1963, Rubeš appeared as singer and host on CBC’s popular Songs of My People, a program that featured folk music from around the world. He also wrote, produced, acted and directed the TVO television program Guess What (1975), and sang on the CBC radio program Rhapsody with Ivan Romanoff.

Rubeš developed a film career later in life, appearing in more than 100 roles (some of his more memorable films include Witness (1985), One Magic Christmas (1985), The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick and Deceived (1991). He also appeared on Canadian and US television programs such as The Forest Rangers, The X-Files, King of Kensington, and Due South.

Rubeš won a Gemini Award for his role in Two Men (1989), the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (1978), the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967), and the Earl Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television (1990). He was artist-in-residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1981, and taught at the University of Windsor in 1985. In 1998, he was awarded a Honourary Doctor of Letters degree at the University of Windsor. In addition to his success in the performing arts, Rubeš was also a lifelong athlete who excelled in tennis.

Jan Rubeš died in 2009 at the age of 89.

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Accession 2006.001 consists of six series (determined by format), ranging from 1939 to 1998. These are: Textual-Archival, Textual-Published, Photographs, Audiotapes, Audio Discs-Archival, and Audio Discs–Commercial.

The first series, Textual-Archival, consists of correspondence, scripts, call sheets, schedules, cast and crew lists, programs, and clippings. These files are arranged chronologically by genre and production.

The second series, Textual-Published, consists of music scores (most of them annotated), books, and magazines.

The third series, Photographs, consists of production stills, promotional portraits, and family snapshots.

The fourth series, Audiotapes, consists of radio air checks, pre-recorded radio programs, rehearsals, and parts of opera performances.

The fifth series, Audio Discs-Archival, consists of recordings of rehearsals, auditions and radio air checks.

The sixth series, Audio Discs-Commercial, consists of individual 12”, 10” and 7” discs, as well as LP box sets. These are primarily opera music and folk songs.

Accession 2006.001 contains textual material relating to several productions, including:

Forbidden Journey (Film, 1950)
The King and I (Live musical performance, 1951)
Rigoletto (Live musical performance, 1952)
Songs of My People (Radio, 19531963)
La Boheme (Live musical performance, 1954)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Live musical performance, 1955)
Rhapsody (Radio, 1959)
Stars Along My Path (Radio, 1961)
The Incredible Journey (Film, 1963)
The Shirley Harmer Show (Television, 1963)
The Sound of Music (Live musical performance, 1964)
Aida (Live musical performance, 1964)
Die Fledermaus (Live musical performance, 1964)
Cantando (Radio, 1965)
A European Lover (Live musical performance,1965)
Don Pasquale (Live musical performance, 1967)
Castle Zaremba (Television, 1970)
Orpheus in the Underworld (Live musical performance, 1970)
Across the Land (Live musical performances, 1970 – 1976)
Prologue to the Performing Arts (Live musical performances, 1970 – 1983)
Cosi Fan Tutte (Live musical performance, 1974)
King of Kensington (Television, 1975)
Lions For Breakfast (Film, 1975)
The Day My Granddad Died (Television, 1977)
A Night in Venice (Live musical performance, 1976)
Laterna Magika: The Lost Fairy Tale (Live musical performance, 19771978)
Seven Dreams (Live musical performance, 1978)
Lulu (Live musical performance, 1980)
Mr. Patman (Film, 1980)
Harvest (Television, 1980)
The Sound of Music (Live musical performance, 1980-1981)
The Amateur (Film, 1981)
Utilities (Film, 1981)
Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (Film, 1981)
Play Gypsies (Television, 19811982)
Barnardo Boy (Live musical performance, 1982)
Little Gloria Happy at Last (Television, 1982)
The Persecution and Assassination Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (Live musical performance, 1982?)
Cabaret (Live musical performance, 1983)
Labour of Love (Television, 1984)
Charlie Grant’s War (Television, 1984)
One Magic Christmas (Film, 1985)
Murder in Space (Television, 1985)
Kay O’Brien (Television, 1986)
Crossings (Television, 1986)
Edison Twins (Television, 1986)
Victor Jam Alive (Live musical performance, 1986)
Dead of Winter (Film, 1987)
Witches of Eastwick (Film, 1987)
The Kiss (Film, 1988)
The Elephant Show (Television, 1988)
The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (Film, 1988)
No Blame (Television, 1988)
Something about Love (Film, 1988)
Ariadne auf Naxos (Live musical performance, 1988)
Two Men (Television, 1988)
The Experts (Film, 1989)
War of the Worlds (Television, 1989)
Divided Loyalties (Film, 1989)
Katts and Dog (Television, 1989)
Blind Fear (Film, 1989)
Cold Front (Film, 1989)
E.N.G. (Television, 19891992)
Courage Mountain (Film, 1990)
Down Home (Film?, 1990)
Descending Angel (Television, 1990)
Life Goes On (Television, 1990)
Max Glick (Television, 1990)
Class Action (Film, 1991)
Deceived (Film, 1991)
Eric's World (Television, 1991)
Devlin (Television, 1992)
Angel Street (Television, 1992)
On My Own (Film, 1993)
Coming of Age (Television, 1993)
Maniac Mansion (Television, 1993)
The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (Television, 1994)
Lamb Chop and The Haunted Studio (Television, 1994)
The Birds II Film, (1994)
Mesmer (Film, 1994)
D2 The Mighty Ducks (Film, 1994)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (Television, 1995)
Twelve Dreams (Live musical performance, 1995)
Roommates (Film, 1995)
Color Grey (Live musical performance, 1995)
Side Effects (Television, 1995)
X-Files (Television, 1996)
Snow Falling on Cedars (Film, 1997)
ER (Television, 1997)
The Third Twin (Television, 1997)
Never Too Late (Film, ca. 1997)
Due South (Television, 1997 – 1999)
Music From Another Room (Film, 1998)
Rescuers: Stories of Courage (Television, 1998)
Accession 2006.001 contains audiovisual material relating to several productions, including:

Jan Rubes Sings (Live musical performance, 1952)
Il Trovatore (Live musical performance, 1952)
Songs of My People (Radio, 19531963)
Parsifal (Live musical performance, 1955)
The Night Bell (Live musical performance, 1958)
The Incredible Journey (Film, 1963)
An Evening of Folk Songs with Jan Rubes (1963)
Marriage of Figaro (Live musical performance, 1964)
Castle Zaremba (Television, 1970)
Lions for Breakfast (Film, 1975)
Guess What? (Television, 1975)
The Day My Granddad Died (Television, 1977)
The Amateur (Film, 1981)
Charlie Grant’s War (Television, 1984)
Witness (Film, 1985)
One Magic Christmas (Film, 1985)
Crossings (Television, 1986)
Edison Twins (Television, 1986)
Witches of Eastwick (Film, 1987)
Something about Love (Film, 1988)
No Blame (Television, 1988)
Two Men (Television, 1988)
The Kiss (Film, 1988)
The Elephant Show (Television, 1988)
Cold Front (Film, 1989)
Blind Fear (Film, 1989)
The Experts (Film, 1989)
War of the Worlds (Television, 1989)
Divided Loyalties (Film, 1989)
Katts and Dog (Television, 1989)
Descending Angel (Television, 1990)
Courage Mountain (Film, 1990)
Down Home (Film,1990?)
Life Goes On (Television, 1990)
Class Action (Film, 1991)
On My Own (Film, 1993)
Coming of Age (Television, 1993)
Maniac Mansion (Television, 1993)
The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (Television, 1994)
D2 The Mighty Ducks (Film, 1994)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (Television, 1995)

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  • English

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  • English

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