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Toronto music life collection
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Toronto music life collection

  • CA OTUFM 03
  • Collection
  • 1877-1995

Collection consists of materials relating to musical life in Toronto, Ontario. The collection includes photographs of various Canadian and European musicians, including various photographs of Canadian Opera Company productions from the late 1980s and early 1990s, autographs from various opera singers and musicians from the late-nineteenth century, three scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and programs, and a collection of songs published in the Toronto Evening Telegram at the end of the nineteenth century.

University of Toronto Music Library

Luigi von Kunits

File consists of a photograph of Luigi von Kunits by the Van Eeden Studio (Toronto) and a photograph of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with von Kunits conducting (ca. 1923-1931). The file also contains the following score:

  • Souvenir de Moscou : op. 6 : for violin and piano by Henri Wieniawski (Braunschweig: Henry Litolff's Verlag, [191-?]), with annotations and autograph by Kunits
  • Kunits' cadenza to Brahms' Violin Concerto, op. 77 (handwritten, "property of [Eugene] Kash")
  • Popular Songs : transcription by Kunits (containing "Scenes that are brightest"from Maritana by W.V. Wallace, transcribed for [solo violin?] and piano).

Oskar Morawetz

File consists of programs and posters for concerts featuring works by Oskar Morawetz, and copies of newspaper articles, correspondence, and programs. The file includes copies of letters from Coretta Scott King, regarding the Morawetz's compositions written in tribute to her husband Martin Luther King, Jr.; from Rose Kennedy regarding Morawetz's composition written in memory of her son John F. Kennedy; from Edward Johnson regarding the dedication of Morawetz's composition "Land of Dreams"; and from Otto Frank regarding the premiere of Morawetz's "From the Diary of Anne Frank." A copy of the vocal score for "From the Diary of Anne Frank" is also included in the file, with a handwritten dedication from the composer to Jean Lavender, inscribed "with best wishes and many thanks for building the Music Library at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto."

The file also includes the following photographs:

  • Sergei Prokofiev and Mstislav Rostropovich (autographed in 1972 by Rostropovich; photo from 1952)
  • Oskar Morawetz and Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Otto Frank (with dedication dated 1972 to Morawetz)
  • Oskar Morawetz and Zubin Mehta
  • Martin Luther King and family (with dedication to Morawetz)

Robert Milne, Gabrielle Prata, Christopher Coyea, and Keith Boldt in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Item is a publicity photograph of baritone Robert Milne as Antinoo, mezzo-soprano Gabrielle Prata as Penelope, baritone Christopher Coyea as Iro and tenor Keith Boldt as Pisandro in the Canadian Opera Company's 1989 production of Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Texaco Opera Theatre and The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (February 25, 27, March 1, 3, and 5, 1989).

Aprle Millo and Ermanno Mauro in Andrea Chenier

Item is a publicity photograph of soprano Aprile Millo as Maddalena and tenor Ermanno Mauro in the title role in the Canadian Opera Company premiere of Giordano's Andrea Chenier at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (April 5, 8, 13, 16, 18, and 21, 1989).

Patrick Timney in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Item is a publicity photograph of baritone Patrick Timney as Ulisse in the Canadian Opera Company's 1989 production of Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Texaco Opera Theatre and The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (February 25, 27, March 1, 3, and 5, 1989).

Robert Milne, Gabrielle Prata, Christopher Coyea, and Keith Boldt in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Item is a publicity photograph of baritone Robert Milne as Antinoo, mezzo-soprano Gabrielle Prata as Penelope, baritone Christopher Coyea as Iro and (background) tenor Keith Boldt as Pisandro in the Canadian Opera Company's 1989 production of Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Texaco Opera Theatre and The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (February 25, 27, March 1, 3, and 5, 1989).

Patrick Timney and Mary Anne Barcellona in A Expensive Embarrassment

Item is a publicity photograph of baritone Patrick Timney as Stockmayer and soprano Mary Anne Barcellona as Thessaly in An Expensive Embarrassment by Composer-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company Denis Gougeon. The opera was performed at the Texaco Opera Theatre and the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (May 16-18, 1989).

Ermanno Mauro as Canio in Pagliacci

Item is a publicity photograph of tenor Ermanno Mauro as Canio in the 1991 Canadian Opera Company production of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (April 6, 11, 14, 17, 19, 22, and 25, 1991).

Janet Stubbs, Irena Welhasch, and Maureen Forrester in Dialogues of the Carmelites

Item is a publicity photograph of Toronto mezzo-soprano Janet Stubbs (standing) as Mother Marie; former Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble member Irena Welhasch as Blanche de la Force (kneeling); and internationally-renowned Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester as Madame de Croissy in the COC's 1985-1986 season production of Francois Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (April 11, 15, 17, 20, 23, and 26, 1986).

Yoko Watanabe and Stephanie Applin in Madama Butterfly

Item is a publicity photograph of soprano Yoko Watanabe as Cio-Cio-San and Stephanie Applin as Trouble, Cio-Cio-San's child, in the 1990 Canadian Opera Company production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (September 20, 21, 28, October 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, and 14, 1990).

Enid Hartle and Carol Vaness in Eugene Onegin

Item is a publicity photograph of mezzo-soprano Enid Hartle as Filipyevna and soprano Carol Vaness as Tatyana in the 1990 Canadian Opera Company production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (September 29, October 2, 4, 7, 10, and 12, 1990).

Nancy Gustafson and Jorge Lopez-Yanez in La traviata

Item is a publicity photograph of soprano Nancy Gustafson as Violetta Valéry and tenor Jorge Lopez-Yanez as Alfredo Germont in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Verdi's La traviata at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (September 20, 25, 28, 30, October 3, 5, 8, 10, and 13 (matinée), 1991).

Yoko Watanabe and Marcello Giordani in Madama Butterfly

Item is a publicity photograph of soprano Yoko Watanabe as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Marcello Giordani as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in the 1990 Canadian Opera Company production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (September 20, 21, 28, October 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, and 14, 1990).

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