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University of Toronto Music Library
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Edward Johnson collection

  • CA OTUFM 01
  • Collection
  • 1837-1960

Collection contains photographs, programs, and press notices of his performances; manuscripts of songs written for him by composers including Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lalo and Pizzetti; five collections of published songs; a scrapbook of programs from his first year as manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

Johnson, Edward

Correspondence, writings, and publicity material

File contains autographed letters, signed (ALS) from Deems Taylor (February 17, 1927), Gordon V. Thompson (May 4, 1927), and Edna St. Vincent Millay (October 6, 1927); letters to Earle Poling (1923-1937); texts of lectures (1925-1952); and, press releases and magazine articles (1928-1960).

Edward Johnson scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook with clippings from newspapers and magazines, and concert programs, pasted on the pages of the October 15, 1925 issue of MacLean's magazine; the issue contains an article on Johnson entitled: A Canadian star shines for the world, by John Nelson. The scrapbook was compiled by Gertrude Carter Elliott and Pearl Carter MacMillan.

Scrapbook of signed programs from the 1935-1936 season of the Metropolitan Opera House

File contains a scrapbook with 38 programs from the 1935-1936 season of the Metropolitan Opera, from the start of Edward Johnson's time as general manager. The scrapbook was compiled by Rosa Ponselle and gifted to Johnson on December 24, 1935. In addition to a program from each production, the scrapbook includes the signatures of conductors and singers.

Programs

File contains programs from Edward Johnson's peformances at the Royal Opera House in Guelph (1907); R. Teatro de la Pergola in Firenze (1919); Villa La Badia in Florence (1921); Griffin's Opera House in Chicago (1921-1922); Vocational-Collegiate Building in Guelph (1923); Akron Armory (1923-1924); Massey Music Hall in Toronto (1924); Vancouver (1927); Atlanta with the Metropolitan Opera Company (1929); Ravinia (1929); New York Hippodrome [192-?]; Temple Theatre in Hamilton [192-?]; The Drake [192-?]; and, a memorial concert at the New York Public Library (1960).

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