Collection 05 - Herman Geiger-Torel collection

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Herman Geiger-Torel collection


  • 1934-1976 (Accumulation)
  • 1893-1966 (Publication)

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Extent and medium

92 scores + 3 cm of textual records and other material

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Herman Geiger-Torel, opera director and teacher was born in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1907. He began his career as a stage director in Czechoslovakia and Germany, and after 1934, in South America. From 1948 until his death in 1976 he was based in Toronto, working with the University of Toronto Opera Division and as general director of the Canadian Opera Company.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Lori Geiger-Torel, 1977

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Scope and content

Collection consists of Herman Geiger-Torel's library of piano-vocal scores, including his markings and notes for Canadian Opera Company productions.

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System of arrangement

Opera scores are listed alphabetically by last name of the composer. Additional materials found inside the scores, including altered libretti, lighting notes, photographs, and stage designs, are stored separately in Box 1.

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Language and script notes

Languages of the opera libretto are indicated at the item level.

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Herman Geiger-Torel's opera score library consisted of 189 scores. This archival collection contains his annotated scores. Unmarked scores were added to the Music Library's main collection or given to the Opera Department, if a copy was already in the Music Library.

Also see the Andrew MacMillan collection of opera scores (OTUFM 50).

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Publication note

The publisher, publication date, and plate numbers (if indicated) for each piano-vocal score are recorded in this field at the item level.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 05 : Herman Geiger-Torel." Reference code (05) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.

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