ORFEO Production at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Materials

MC 1775

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Jones, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
ORFEO Production at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Title
ORFEO Production at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Materials
Inclusive Dates
1973-1974
Identification
MC 1775
Extent
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Processing Information

Processed by Morgan Holladay; completed in September 2008.

Finding aid updated by Katrina Windon in September 2019 to add references to digitized access copies of select audiovisual materials that were created by Media Preserve in July 2018.

Preferred Form of Citation

ORFEO Production at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Materials (MC 1775), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

The Orfeo Production Collection includes photographs, reels of audio and correspondence from the 1973-1974 academic year. The Orfeo production was directed by Blanche Thebom, opera singer Mezzo-soprano who performed at the Metropolitan Opera from 1941-1967 and later became a professor of music and opera director at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).

The performance of "Orfeo" is a translation of the Italian opera "Orpheus" by D. Von Gluck, translated in 1973 by Blanche Thebom. It is a Greek mythological love story about Orpheus retrieving his love Eurydice from the Underworld. The UALR production ran approximately one hour and forty-one minutes long and included the opera, ballet performances, accompanied by a recorded orchestra.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence regarding the management of the production, photographs, and audio reel to reel tapes of the performance.

Audiovisual materials digitized by Media Preserve in July 2018 are available to researchers as .mp3 access copies; Special Collections also holds .wav preservation files.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Cast and Rehearsals Correspondence, November 16, 1973-April 18, 1974

Box 1 Folder 2

Costumes Correspondence, January 1-21, 1974

Box 1 Folder 3

ORFEO Production Correspondence, November 21, 1974-March 14, 1974

Box 1 Folder 4

ORFEO Text

Box 1 Folder 5

Amor Character Script Notations

Box 1 Folder 6

Alice Nelson, Secretary of Blanche Thebom Materials, December 1973

Box 1 Folder 7

Chorus Materials

Box 1 Folder 8

Publicity Correspondence, December 2, 1973-May 7, 1974

Box 1 Folder 9

Post-Production Correspondence, March 14, 1974-May 8, 1974

Box 1 Folder 10

Photographs (Images 1-61)

Box 2 Folder 1

Master Tape Reel-to-Reel, Italian Opera Orpheus

Box 2 Folder 2

Edited Master Tape Reel-to-Reel, Italian Opera Orpheus

Item was digitized by Media Preserve in July 2018 and is available to listen to as two mp3 access copies (one for each side) in the Special Collections reading room. .WAV preservation files are also held by Special Collections.

Box 2 Folder 3

ORFEO Reel-to-Reel Act I-Side 1, Act II-Side 2 (Audio Only)

Box 2 Folder 4

Copy Reel-to-Reel Act I-Side 1, Act II-Side 2 (Audio Only)

Box 2 Folder 5

ORFEO Reel-to-Reel Act I (No Vocals)

Box 2 Folder 6

ORFEO Reel-to-Reel Act II (No Vocals)

Box 2 Folder 7

Performance Reel-to-Reel, featuring Ann Rice, March 29, 1974

Item was digitized by Media Preserve in July 2018 and is available to listen to as mp3 access copies (in two parts, due to file size) in the Special Collections reading room. .WAV preservation files are also held by Special Collections.

Box 2 Folder 8

Performance Reel-to-Reel, featuring Linda Smith, March 30, 1974

Item was digitized by Media Preserve in July 2018 and is available to listen to as mp3 access copy in the Special Collections reading room. .WAV preservation files are also held by Special Collections.

Box 2 Folder 9

Reel-to-Reel, "Bell Telephone Hour Encores" with host Donald Voorhees, Featuring Blanche Thebom

Item was digitized by Media Preserve in July 2018 and is available to listen to as mp3 access copy in the Special Collections reading room. .WAV preservation files are also held by Special Collections.

END OF COLLECTION

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