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Title: San Diego Opera Association Records, 1965-2008Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0474
Extent: 29.38 Linear Feet
expand icon Historical Note

Formed in 1974 out of the dissolution of the San Diego Opera Guild (1950-1974) and San Diego Opera, Inc. (1966-74), the San Diego Opera Association (SDOA) assumed the responsibilities of both organizations.  It is responsible for promoting greater public interest and support of opera, and for supporting the production and presentation of opera in San Diego.

In 1974 the SDOA introduced public memberships, which helped the company to expand, and gave members the privilege of belonging to regional opera guilds around San Diego, based on their place of residence.  Governed by the Council of Guilds, these regional guilds enabled the SDOA to continue its community education and outreach work, and to build a fundraising network to support opera in San Diego.

In 1976, with the passing of founding Director Walter Herbert, the SDOA hired General Director Tito Capobianco, formerly of the New York City Opera.  Working with Capobianco, the SDOA during this period worked to develop numerous educational and outreach programs, and organized special events which frequently complemented opera productions and series, such as the Verdi Festival and Fanfare.  In 1983, the SDOA hired Ian Campbell as General Director, and continues its outreach, education, and support work with Campbell, including the Operation: Opera program, which brings Opera to 100,000 children in San Diego County and Northern Mexico.

expand icon Arrangement

I. Operational Files, 1972-2005

     1.) Event and Program Files, 1975-2005

     2.) Minutes, 1975-2000

     3.) Guilds of the San Diego Opera Association, 1972-2001

     4.) Membership Rosters, 1972-1985

II. Programs and Publications, 1972-2008

     1.) Published Programs, 1972-2008

     2.) Other Publications, 1973-2002

III. Photographs, 1965-1993

     1.) Events and Programs, 1965-1993

     2.) Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 1974-1990

IV. Scrapbooks, 1972-2006

V. Posters and Artifacts, n.d.

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 2008. 2008-029
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: San Diego History Center
Related Materials:

San Diego Opera Guild Records (MS-0476)

San Diego Opera Office Records (MS-0477)

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego Opera Association Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
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