Collection 01 - Edward Johnson collection

Letter from Deems Taylor to Edward Johnson Christmas card to Earle Poling Christmas card to Earle Poling Letter from Gordon V. Thompson to Edward Johnson regarding Land of glad tomorrows Letter from Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada, to Edward Johnson Letter from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Edward Johnson Letter from Gretchen Dick to Edward Johnson regarding roles in the Metropolitan Opera Letter from Edward Johnson to Earle Poling regarding upcoming concert Letter from Edward Johnson to Earle Poling regarding upcoming concert Letter from Edward Johnson to Earle Poling Letter from Edward Johnson to Earle Poling regarding possible song recordings for Victor Letter from Edward Johnson's secretary to Mrs. Poling G.C.I. commencement with Bertha May Crawford and students : Royal Opera House, Guelph Recital with Blair Neale, piano : Auditorium, Vancouver Faust : Metropolitan Opera Company : Atlanta L'amore dei trei re by Montemezzi : Ravinia Chicago Opera Orchestra and artists : New York Hippodrome Scenes and operatic arias with Joan Ruth, soprano Concert Club recital with Ellmer Zoller, piano : Temple Theatre, Hamilton Vassar College Endowment Fund : The Drake Recital with Blair Neale, piano : Massey Music Hall, Toronto Recordings with commentary by Philip L. Miller : New York Public Library Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi : R. Teatro de la Pergola, Firenze Song recital with Ellmer Zoller, piano : Villa la Badia, Florence Presto Music Club recital with Ellmer Zoller, piano : Griffin's Opera House, Guelph, Ontario Song recital with Edgar Nelson, piano Benefit recital for Guelph General Hospital with Frank St. Leger, piano : Vocational-Collegiate B... Recital with Alexander Smallens, piano : Akron Armory Alglala by Francesco Bartolomeo de Leone : Akron Armory Joint recital with Guiomar Novaes and Ellmer Zoller, piano : Massey Music Hall, Toronto Angelica / Ildebrando Pizzetti : for voice and piano Jacquerie / Edouard Lalo : part for Mazurec La preghiera = The prayer / Edward Moore  : for voice and piano La sera, op. 32 / Riccardo Pick-Magiagalli : for voice and piano Maggio and Un sogno / Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco : for voice and orchestra One tree / Joseph Quintile : for voice and piano Proposal / Frank Seymour Hastings : for voice and piano Rondel de Thibaut de Champagne / Henri Gagnon : for soprano or tenor and piano Thistledown = Duvet de chardon / Gerrit Smith : a cycle of 12 lyrics set to music for high voice Thistledown = Duvet de chardon / Gerrit Smith : a cycle of 12 short lyrics : for voice and piano Two songs from the hills of Vermont : Posey boy and The little pig / Robert Hughes : for voice an... Verdaderas peteneras / Isidoro Hernandez : for voice and piano Assunta / Ildebrando Pizzetti : for voice and piano Adoration : a love rhapsody / Wilson G. Smith : for voice and piano Encore song : Love's comedy / Fred [Shattuck] : for voice and piano Joy Galora / F.G. Shattuck : for voice and piano Laddie / W.B. Morlock and P. West : for voice and piano Valley of dreams / Albert Downing : for voice and piano Spring / J.P. Black : for voice and piano At the feet of my love / Edwin Dodds : for voice and piano
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Edward Johnson collection


  • 1837-1960 (Creation)

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75 cm of textual records and other material (6 boxes)

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Edward Johnson, tenor and administrator, was born in Guelph, ON, 22 Aug. 1878. He sang in Europe (as "Edoardo di Giovanni") from 1912-1919, and in North America from 1919-1935. From 1935-1950 he was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. He died in Guelph in 1959.

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Donations from Johnson’s collection; purchases from James Camner, 1978; other donations.

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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.

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The Edward Johnson collection is stored offsite at Downsview. To access these materials, please contact the Music Library at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

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Opera and oratorio scores from the collection of Edward Johnson are included in the main University of Toronto Library catalogue. The University of Toronto Faculty of Music Opera Division holds further memorabilia. The University of Guelph has a major Edward Johnson collection of over eight metres of material in various media, from textual records to photographs to sound recordings, dating from 1890 through 1959. Recordings held in Library and Archives Canada are available for online listening at the Virtual Gramophone.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 01: Edward Johnson." Reference code (01) removed from the title of the fonds July 30, 2019.

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Revised and item-level descriptions added from paper finding aid, August 29-30, 2019. Sheet music collection itemized October 2019.




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