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University of Toronto Music Library Toronto music life collection
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Toronto music life collection

  • CA OTUFM 03
  • Collection
  • 1877-1991

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

Photographs of Canadian musicians

File contains photographs of Canadian musicians, many of which are signed, and most of which are not dated: S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté with string quartet including Peggie Sampson and Victor Feldbrill; Herman Geiger-Torel; Irene Jessner; Greta Kraus; Sir Ernest MacMillan; Lois Marshall (2 photographs); Oskar Morawetz; Charles Peaker; and Redferne Hollinshead.

Scrapbook compiled by Milton Blankstein

File consists of a scrapbook compiled by the Milton Blankstein (later, Blackstone), consisting of newspaper clippings of reviews and press notices, photographs, and programs relating to his career in New York City, Toronto, and other Canadian cities. The scrapbook includes a signed photograph of Eugène Ysaÿe and and Boris Hambourg (dated in Toronto, 1918).

Blackstone, Milton

Itzhak Perlman

Item is a publicity photograph of the American-Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman, taken by Christian Steiner and distributed by ICM Artists Ltd., New York.

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).

Photographs of non-Canadian musicians

File contains autographed photographs of the following European musicians: Malwine Brée, Franz Léhar, Theodor Leschetizky, I. J. Paderewski, Hans Pfitzner, and Victoria de los Angeles. File also contains two autographed promotional photographs taken by Eric Hayes of the Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar. Shankar's photographs are not dated.

Stephanie Sundine as Salome

Item is a publicity photograph of the American soprano Stephanie Sundine in her Canadian Opera Company debut in the title role of the Company's 1985-1986 season production of Salome at the O'Keefe Centre (January 24, 27, 30, February 1, 4, 6, 9, 1986). The photograph was taken by BDS Studios, Toronto.

Giuliana Gattoni's collection of publicity photographs

File consists of press and publicity photographs collected by Giuliana Gattoni, a freelance ballet and opera critic in Toronto in the 1980s and early 1990s. Most of the photographs are of Canadian Opera Company productions. The file also includes some photographs of Canadian musicians, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and some photographs of festivals in Italy, including the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and some performances at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata.

Gattoni, Giuliana

Eric Hull

Item includes Eric Hull's business card with a handwritten note on the reverse side, addressed to "Giulianna."

Gianna Rolandi, soprano

Item includes a typed biography for Gianna Rolandi. The photograph was taken by Christian Steiner and distributed by Columbia Artists Management Inc., New York.

Laurence Dale, Kimberley Barber, Theodore Baerg, and Rebecca Russel in The Magic Flute

Item is a publicity photograph of tenor Laurence Dale as Tamino, mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber as an attendant to the Queen of the Night, baritone Theodore Baerg as Papageno, and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Russel as an attendant to the Queen of the Night, in the 1989 Canadian Opera Company production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (April 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 1989).

Stefka Evstatieva and John Cheek in La Forza del Destino

Item is a publicity photograph of Stefka Evstatieva as Leonora and John Cheek as Padre Guardiano with the gentlemen of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus in a new production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto (September 17, 20, 22, 25, 28, 30, and October 3, 1987).

Harolyn Blackwell, Carol Vaness, and Odette Beaupré in Dialogues of the Carmelites

Item is a publicity photograph of soprano Harolyn Blackwell in he Canadian Opera Company debut as Sister Constance; American soprano Carol Vaness as Madame Lidoine in her Company debut; and Quebec mezzo-soprano Odette Beaupré as Mother Jeanne in the 1985-1986 season production of Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites at the O'Keefe Centre (April 11, 15, 17, 20, 23, 26, 1986).

Margaret Marshall and Richard Margison in La Clemenza di Tito

Item is a publicity photograph of soprano Margaret Marshall as Vitellia and tenor Richard Margison as Tito Vespasiano, with members of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus in the 1991 Canadian Opera Company production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto (June 5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 18, and 21, 1991).

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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