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Lida Brodenova Papers, 1917-1992 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Lida Brodenova Papers, 1917-1992Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Brodenova, Lida (1902-1990)

Extent: 12.5 Linear Feet


I. Biographies, Writings, Etc.

II. Correspondence, ca. 1930s-1988

III. Personal

IV. Performance and Production Material

V. Scrapbooks of Performances

VI. Photographs

VII. Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany

VIII. Audio Recordings

IX. Boris Brodenov Personal

Subjects: Brodenov, Boris--Diaries, Brodenova, Lida, Brodenová, Lida--Archives, Opera--Czechoslovakia--History--20th century--Sources, Opera--Czechoslovakia--Sources, Opera--United States--History--20th century--Sources, Opera--United States--Sources, Singers--Biography--Sources, Singers--Czechoslovakia--Biography--Sources, Singers--United States--Biography--Sources

Forms of Material: Audio Recordings, Personal Papers

Languages: English, Czech

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes correspondence, awards, travel accounts, opera and recital programs, clippings, photographs, diaries, postcards, reviews, scrapbooks, photo albums, tape and phono recordings. Much of the collection is in Czech, and is separated into personal and professional categories.

Biographical Note

Lida Brodenova, born in Czechoslovakia in 1902, was a performer and producer of Czech operas. Early on she began playing the piano and taking singing lessons, with the Czech soprano Emma Destinnova as her inspiration. She studied under Leos Janacek, with her principal voice teacher Sigmund Auspitzer at the Music Conservatory in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She began her career in the French theatre in Brno, and spent most of the 1930s performing operettas in various German and Czech troupes.

In 1940 Lida and her husband Boris, who was Jewish, emigrated to America to avoid persecution. Once in America Lida began performing on the radio in New York.  It was the beginning of a long career in the theatre in which she performed, wrote, and taught Czech repertory. She died at the age of eighty-eight in 1990.

Subject/Index Terms

Brodenov, Boris--Diaries
Brodenova, Lida
Brodenová, Lida--Archives
Opera--Czechoslovakia--History--20th century--Sources
Opera--United States--History--20th century--Sources
Opera--United States--Sources
Singers--United States--Biography--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 1992

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

The diaries of Boris Brodenov, in the collection of papers of Lida Brodenova, housed in the SDSU Library, may contain sensitive references to the personal lives of Lida Brodenova and Boris Brodenov. Researchers must agree that discretion will be used in the research and publication of such passages. Embarrassing or defamatory work will be avoided.

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: Sokol Washingon and Judith Fiehler

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lida Brodenova Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographies, Writings, Etc.],
[Series 2: Correspondence, ca. 1930-1988],
[Series 3: Personal],
[Series 4: Performance and Production Material],
[Series 5: Scrapbooks of Performances, 1927-1951],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany],
[Series 8: Audio Recordings],
[Series 9: Boris Brodenov Personal],
[Series 10: Babicka by Bozen Nemcova (no photos), 1962],

Series 4: Performance and Production MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous Czech programs, letters, clippings, photographs (most from Brno's Theater Svatobos), 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Czech and American programs, letters, clippings, photos (2 files), circa 1935-1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Washington Sokol performances (clippings, programs, photos) (2 files), circa 1954-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Washington Sokol Opera Productions (all include photos):Add to your cart.
Item 1: V Studni, performed in Washington and New York, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 2: Dratenik, an opera by Frantisek Skroup, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 3: Selma Sedlak, opera by Dvorak, 1961Add to your cart.
Item 4: Tvrde Palice, opera by Dvorak, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 5: Hubicka, opera by Smetana, 1967Add to your cart.
Item 6: Psohlavci, opera by Kovarovic, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 7: The Grand Potpurri revue, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 8: Two Widows, an opera by Smetana, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 9: Babicka by Bozena Nemcova (no photos), 1962Add to your cart.
Item 10: The Bartered Bride,opera by Smethana, 1956Add to your cart.
Item 11: The Bartered Bride, English version, 1969Add to your cart.
Item 12: The Gypsy Baron, opera by J. Strauss, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 13: Tales of Hoffman, opera by J. Offenbach, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 14: The Merry Widow, operetta by F. Lehar (no photos), 1959Add to your cart.
Item 15: The Student Prince, a musical romance, 1961Add to your cart.
Item 16: Rusalka, opera by Dvorak, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mount Vernon Seminar Productions:Add to your cart.
Item 1: Christmas ShowAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Twelve MonthsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Dido and AenasAdd to your cart.
Item 4: The Marriage of Figaro (includes photos), 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Agriculture Symphony Orchestra:Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Clemency of Titus (includes photos), 1955Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographies, Writings, Etc.],
[Series 2: Correspondence, ca. 1930-1988],
[Series 3: Personal],
[Series 4: Performance and Production Material],
[Series 5: Scrapbooks of Performances, 1927-1951],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany],
[Series 8: Audio Recordings],
[Series 9: Boris Brodenov Personal],
[Series 10: Babicka by Bozen Nemcova (no photos), 1962],

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