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Finding Aid for the Opera Pacific Records 2009.05.r
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Opera Pacific Records
    Identifier/Call Number: 2009.05.r
    Contributing Institution: Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries
    One University Drive
    Orange, CA, 92866
    (714) 532 - 7711
    Language of Material: English.
    Physical Description: 57.5 Linear feet (46 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1962-2008
    Abstract: These papers contain extensive material relating to the productions and operation of the Opera Pacific theater group that operated in Orange County from 1962 until 2008
    Location note: Leatherby Libraries

    Conditions Governing Access note

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    The material in this collection is under copyright by the various artists who originally produced it. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission to use any material from this collection from the original artists.

    Preferred Citation note

    [identify item], Opera Pacific Records (2009.05.r), Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The Opera Pacific Records were donated to the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives by William Hall, DMA.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Opera Pacific traces its roots to 1962 and the Festival of Opera Association in Laguna Beach, CA. These early productions were sung in English and performed during late summer at the Irvine Bowl.
    Then the Opera League of Laguna Beach, coordinated by Velma Sun and with Nunzio Crisci as managing director, was created to encourage and sustain interest in the Festival of Opera. In the early 1980s, members of the Laguna organization and other opera lovers from Orange County joined together in anticipation of the opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Opera Pacific was incorporated in 1983 as the county's resident opera company.
    1985 was the opening season for the new company with David DiChiera as general director. The company put on an average of six productions per season and also hosted an "Opera Camp" geared to educating young people in appreciating opera.
    On November 4, 2008 the announcement was made that the remainder of the 2008 was being cancelled and Opera Pacific closed down all operations soon after due to financial difficulties.

    Scope and Contents note

    Approx. 46 cartons of production books, promotional material and audio/visual material from Opera Pacific, 1962-2008.

    Arrangement note

    This collection is arranged in series by material type.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hall, William, DMA
    Opera Pacific.
    Lyric Opera Association of Orange County
    Opera Pacific