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Euterpe Opera Theatre records, 1926-1995
PASC-M 95  
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Euterpe Opera Theatre records
    Collection number: PASC-M 95
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.2 linear ft. (4 document boxes and 9 flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1995
    Abstract: Records of the Euterpe Opera Theatre. Contents include production files, minutes, membership materials, bylaws and articles of incorporation, financial documents, leases, publicity materials, programs, clippings, and photographs.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Euterpe Opera Theatre.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Euterpe Opera Theatre Records (Collection PASC-M 95). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Robert Frampton, 1990.


    The Euterpe Opera Theatre was founded in Los Angeles in 1924. Opening its first season with Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet," it has since given over 300 performances. The theatre was incorporated under California law in 1928, and in 1932 opened productions in downtown's newly built Biltmore Theatre. It continued to give performances at other now- historic venues, such as the Wilshire Ebell Theater. In 1964, it opened the first opera production at the newly constructed Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where it has since given 100 performances. Euterpe productions of traditional operatic works were notable for being dramatically staged and sung in English, though in the later years, some performances were also given in Spanish. The Euterpe Opera Theatre had both seasoned veterans and early- career performers in its productions; Euterpe alumni include Nadine Conner, Jerome Hines, Mary Costa, Jonathan Mack, Karen Armstrong, Carole Neblett, Heinz Bankenburg, and Marvelee Cariaga.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the records of the Euterpe Opera Theatre. Included are records for various opera productions, photographs, official documents (such as bylaws, articles of incorporation, and annual reports) and membership material, financial documents (such as grants, tax and insurance documents, and leases and invoices), publicity materials and programs, meeting minutes for the board of directors and general Opera Club, and clippings and articles regarding Euterpe productions.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Production records
    • Series 2. Photographs
    • Series 3. Club documents and membership material
    • Series 4. Financial documents
    • Series 5. Publicity materials and programs
    • Series 6. Meeting minutes
    • Series 7. Clippings and articles

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232991 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Operas--20th century