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Collection Overview

Title: San Diego Opera Office Records, 1968-2007Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: San Diego Opera Office (1974-)

Extent: 12.68 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

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

Date Acquired: 00/00/2008. More info below under Accruals.

Languages: English, French, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The San Diego Opera Office Collection (1968-2004) documents the administration, creative history, development, and growth of the San Diego Opera (SDO).  It includes correspondence, memoranda, clippings, minutes, photographs, budgets, financial records, and detailed documentation of numerous productions.  The collection consists of three major series: Administrative Files (1968-2004), Production Files (1973-1995), and Publicity (1980-2007).  The Administrative Files have three sub-series: Correspondence (1976-2004), General Files (1975-2000), and Rental Files (1968-1996).  The Production Files are filed in two sub-series: Production Binders (1973-1990) and Production Photographs (1974-1995).

The Administrative Files (1968-2004) include three subseries: Correspondence (1976-2004), General Files (1975-2000), and Rental Files (1968-1996).  These files document SDO's general operations, activities and functions, interaction with the public, and the company's growth and development over several decades.  The Correspondence (1976-2004) subseries documents some of SDO's interactions with the public. It primarily consists of letters sent to SDO from audience members and reviewers in response to performances, show selection, and other topics.  Responses from San Diego Opera staff, especially Director Ian Campbell and Artistic Administrator Marianne Flettner are sometimes included.  Letters sometimes include clippings, and the sub-series is filed chronologically.  The General Files (1975-2000) document daily operations, work with various performers, and early production preparation.  It includes clippings, brochures, receipts, internal correspondence, correspondence exchanged with performers and other opera companies both in the US and abroad, photos of former Director Tito Capobianco, performer head shots, and audition forms, and is filed alphabetically by file name.  The Rental Files (1968-1996) document the San Diego Opera's Scenic Studios rental relationships with various opera and production companies around the US who have used sets designed and created by San Diego Opera in their own productions.  It includes set rental forms, diagrams, photographs, slides, rental agreements, correspondence, and shipping forms, and is filed alphabetically by file name.

The Production Files (1973-1995) include two subseries: Production Binders (1973-1990) and Production Photographs (1974-1995).  These files document the creation and performance of SDO's regular season productions.  The Production Binders (1973-1990) include materials originally stored in large 3-ring binders, and document the complex and detailed processes necessary to stage an opera production.  The subseries includes casting information, correspondence with principal performers, information on orchestral musicians, choruses, dancers, sets, props, contracts, costumes, technical staff, rehearsal schedules, rental documentation, handwritten notes, correspondence, set diagrams, and some photographs, and is filed chronologically.  The Production Photographs (1974-1995) document finished opera performances as they were staged at SDO.  The majority of photographs are from performances staged in the 1970s and 1980s, though some productions are undated.  The subseries includes production stills only, and is filed chronologically.

The Publicity (1980-2007) series documents the SDO's coverage in various print media outlets, and consists primarily of published reviews of SDO performances.  Clippings were gathered by the San Diego Clipping Service from various local and national publications including the San Diego Union, Evening Tribune, San Diego Daily Transcript, La Prensa, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Los Angeles Times, and numerous others.  The series is filed chronologically.

Collection Historical Note

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2008-029

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: 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 Source: San Diego History Center

Related Materials:

San Diego Opera Association Records (MS-0474)

San Diego Opera Guild Records (MS-0476)

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.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1968-2004Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence, 1976-2004Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Composer Correspondence-Pasatier, Thomas, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pavarotti, Public Response Letters, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondences, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Composer Correspondence-Kalman, Yvonne, 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: January-June, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: July-December, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: January-March, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 9: April-June, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: July-December, 1986Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: January-March 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: April-June 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: July-August 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Campbell, IanAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Completed Speeches-Ian, 1989-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: January-June, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: July-December, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 8: January-March, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: April-June, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2: July-December, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: January-March, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: April-June, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 5: July-August, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: September, 1995-December, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 1997Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Adams, WilliamAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: General Files, 1975-2000Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bergonzi, CarloAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Berry, WalterAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Cassilly, RichardAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Corelli, FrancoAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Cruz-Romo, GildaAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Price, LeontyneAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Quilico, GinoAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Serbo, RicoAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Verrett, ShirleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Sutherland, JoanAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Capobianco, TitoAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Mr. and Mrs. CapobiancoAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Capobianco and othersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Founders' Day, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Herbert, WalterAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: History, Publicity 1963-1971, 1980, Promotions, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Keltner, KarenAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Reveles, NicolasAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Conference, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Opera StarsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Artists-CriticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Campbell, Ian 2003Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Beverly Sills Contracts, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Russell, AnnaAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ensemble, 1993-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Education, 1997-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: City of San Diego Proclamations 30th Anniversary, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: StaffAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Ticket Pricing, 1979-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Zapata, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Rental Files, 1968-1996Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Albert Herring, 1987-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Attila, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Carmen, 1968-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Carmen, 1968-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Cosi Fan TutteAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Daughther of the Regiment, 1973-1996Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Daughter of the Regiment. 1973-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Flying Dutcman, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Flying Dutchman, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hamlet, 1978-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hamlet, 1978-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Lighthouse, 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lucia di Lammermoor, 1984-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Lucia di Lammermoor, 1984-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Madama Butterfly, 1976-1996Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Merry Widow, 1977-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Merry Widow, 1977-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Rape of Lucretia, 1988-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Rappachini's Daughter, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Rape of Lucretia, 1988-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Rusalka, 1975-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 7: La TraviataAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: La Traviata, 1981-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: La Traviata, 1981-1985Add to your cart.

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