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Guide to the Mario and Ruth Chamlee Collection, 1911-1977 ARS.0003 ARS.0003
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Description
Includes correspondence dealing with the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions; personal papers which consist of promotional documents, and biographical and/or pedagogical writings; newspaper and magazine clippings; 22 annotated scores; 7 programs; opera snakes; about 350 photographs; 12 scrapbooks; 285 transcription discs, 3 test pressings, 49 commercial discs, 19 reel to reel tapes and 1 cassette.
Background
Mario Chamlee (1892-1966), tenor, was born in Los Angeles, May 29, 1892. His original name was Archer Cholmondeley. He first studied voice with Achille Alberti in Los Angeles, and later with Sibella and Dellera in New York. He made his debut in his native city in 1916 as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. A year later Mr. Chamlee went on tour with the Aborn Opera Company where he sang with soprano Ruth Miller who in 1919 became his wife. With his two-year military service, during World War I, his singing career came practically to a total halt. Upon his return to the US in 1919, however, Mr. Chamlee devoted himself to developing his operatic talent. Engagements followed with various opera companies in the US, the Scotti, Metropolitan, Ravinia summer opera in Chicago, San Francisco, and in Europe. Perhaps his most acclaimed appearance was in Henri Rabaud's Marouf at the Paris Opera. Mario Chamlee retired from the opera stage at the age of 47. He subsequently devoted himself to singing popular songs, taking part in talk shows such as Tony and Gus, and teaching voice together with his wife. He recorded exclusively for Brunswick records.
Extent
22 Linear Feet 22 box(es)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound, Braun Music Center, Stanford, California 94305. Consent is given on behalf of the Archive of Recorded Sound as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive of Recorded Sound for assistance.