Collection 50 - Andrew MacMillan collection

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Andrew MacMillan collection


  • ca. 1930-1967 (Accumulation)
  • 1900-1947 (Publication)

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5 books + 3 pages of textual records

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Andrew MacMillan was a bass-baritone opera singer and stage director, born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 22, 1914. He moved to Montreal with his family in 1916 and began studies at age 17 with Finlay Campbell. Following World War Two, he studied voice at the Royal Conservatory Opera School (now the University of Toronto Opera Division) with Ernesto Vinci, and in 1949 became a teaching assistant to Herman Geiger-Torel. He joined the Canadian Opera Company (COC) in 1950 as a singer and assistant stage director. His roles included Colline and Schaunard in La Bohème, the Secret Police Agent in The Consul, Frank and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Almaviva, Figaro, Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, and Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld. In the 1950s he sang with the Opera Association of Central America. He directed Madama Butterfly (1962), La Bohème (1963, 1965), and Die Fledermaus (1964) for the Canadian Opera Company. MacMillan passed away on February 7, 1967 in Toronto.

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Collection consists of five opera scores from the library of Andrew MacMillan, with stage directions for the Canadian Opera Company and other productions.

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Books are listed in alphabetical order by last name of composer. Additional materials found inside the scores are stored separately in Box 1.

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

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Also see the Herman Geiger-Torel collection of annotated opera scores for the Canadian Opera Company (OTUFM 05).

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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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