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Title: San Diego Opera Office Records, 1968-2007Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0477
Extent: 12.68 Linear Feet
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San Diego Opera, with roots back to the formation of the San Diego Opera Guild in 1950, took its present administrative form in 1974, with the creation of the San Diego Opera Association.  The San Diego Opera Office's work focuses on the company's production and performance of opera both during the regular season and for special programs and series.

In 1976, with the passing of founding Director Walter Herbert, the San Diego Opera Association hired Tito Capobianco, formerly of the New York City Opera, as General Director of the San Diego Opera.  Capobianco's tenure saw the San Diego Opera gain international renown.  He introduced an annual summer Verdi Festival, which usually featured two operas, one a late composition and the other from Verdi's "galley years."  Capobianco also expanded the regular season to six productions, and brought such renowned opera superstars as Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, and Beverly Sills to San Diego opera audiences.

In 1983, the SDOA hired a new General Director, Ian Campbell, formerly of Opera Australia and the New York Metropolitan Opera.  Campbell restored fiscal stability to the San Diego Opera, and has worked throughout his tenure to increase San Diego Opera's audience.  While the Verdi Festival only continued through 1985, he expanded the regular season, and introduced a new concert program designed to bring internationally renowned opera stars to San Diego.  His work with the North American Voices Project adds contemporary American operas to the traditional repertoire performed at San Diego Opera each year.

Notable artists who have performed with San Diego Opera include Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Richard Leech, Placido Domingo, and Renee Fleming.  San Diego Opera has staged the World Premieres of numerous productions, including Myron Fink's The Conquistador, Gian Carlo Menotti's La Loca, and Alva Henderson's Medea.  Also significant are the United States Premieres of such operas as Daniel Catan's Rapaccini's Daughter, Hanz Werner Henze's The Young Lord, Ricardo Zandonai's Giulietta e Romeo, and Emmanuel Chabrier's Gwendoline.  Other notable performances include Beverly Sills' farewell performance opposite Joan Sutherland in Die Fledermaus, and the commissioned Zandra Rhodes productions of The Magic Flute and The Pearl Fishers.

San Diego Opera is ranked by OPERA America as one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States, and was recently honored as one of 13 "Cornerstone Arts Organizations" by the James Irvine Foundation. In addition, San Diego Opera is the only San Diego arts organization to receive an almost perfect ranking from both the California Arts Council and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture.

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I. Administrative Files, 1968-2004

     a.) Correspondence, 1976-2004

     b.) General Files, 1975-2000

     c.) Rental Files, 1968-1996

II. Production Files, 1973-1995

     a.) Production Binders, 1973-1990

     b.) Production Photographs, 1974-1995

III. Publicity, 1980-2007

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