Virginia Opera Papers, 1974-2012
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Brief Description: Material in the collection dates from 1975 to the present day. Represented in the collection are the Virginia Opera Association, the Virginia Opera Guild, the Virginia Opera Docents, and information on the Harrison Opera House. The Friends of Virginia Opera and a split off group called Lyric Opera Virginia are also represented, but to a much lessor extent. Material includes business, budgets, and correspondence; season programs and marketing materials; news articles and newsletters; membership information; educational materials; multimedia including video tapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, and record albums; photographs; and artifacts related to the Virginia Opera.
Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at] odu.edu
Record Series Number: 00/MG 85
Created by: Virginia Opera Association (1974-)
Volume: 11.3 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/09/2006. Additional accessions made in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Arrangement:

Series I: Virginia Opera Association. This series contains Virginia Opera Association business. This includes both the Statewide Board of Directors and the Hampton Roads Board of Governors. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, committee information, and other related business. Material is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically and dates from 1985 to 2011.

Series II: Opera Programs and Marketing "Postcards." This series contains programs, flyers, and marketing "postcards" for Virginia Opera seasons and individual performances. Material dates from 1975 to 2012 and is arranged in chronological order.

Series III: News Documents. This series is broken into three sub-series: A. Newspaper Clippings, B. Magazine Articles, and C. Press Releases.

Sub-series A: Newspaper Clippings. This sub-series contains newspaper clippings related to the Virginia Opera and opera in general. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to the present time.

Sub-series B: Magazine Articles. This sub-series contains magazine articles related to the Virginia Opera and opera in general. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1975 to 1999.

Sub-series C: Press Releases. This sub-series contains Virginia Opera press releases from the 1990s and 2010s. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series IV: Newsletters. This series is broken down into two sub-series: A. Virginia Opera News Newsletter and B. Opera Voice Newsletter.

Sub-series A: Virginia Opera News Newsletter. This sub-series contains the Virginia Opera News newsletter. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to 1983.

Sub-series B: Opera Voice Newsletter. This sub-series contains the Opera Voice newsletter. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1989 to 2011.

Series V: Events. This series contains information on events hosted by the Virginia Opera Association, the Virginia Opera Guild, and the Virginia Opera Docents. Included are invitations, programs, and planning materials for a variety of events including galas, balls, dress rehearsals, luncheons, parties, lectures, and other such events. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to present.

Series VI: Harrison Opera House. This series contains materials related to the renovation of the Center Theater into the Harrison Opera House. Included are the renovation plan and building specifications; news releases, clippings, and magazine articles related to the Harrison Opera House; tour information; a history of the Norfolk Center Theater; fundraising campaign information for the renovation; and the Grand Opening program from November 1993. Material dates mainly from the early 1990s when the renovation was in progress. Material is arranged alphabetically.

Series VII: Virginia Opera Guild. This series is broken into five sub-series: A. Business; B. Committees; C. Membership; D. Newsletters; and E. Miscellaneous.

Sub-series A: Business. This sub-series contains Opera Guild business materials such as by-laws, meeting minutes, financial information, schedules, and correspondence. Material is arranged alphabetically and dates from 2002 to the present.

Sub-series B: Committees. This sub-series contains material related to Virginia Opera Guild committees including the auction, gala, and hospitality committees. Material is arranged alphabetically and dates in the 2000’s.

Sub-series C: Membership. This sub-series contains material related to membership in the Virginia Opera Guild. Included are membership applications, board rosters, and membership directories. Material dates from 1988 to present. Material is arranged alphabetically by topic, and then chronologically where applicable.

Sub-series D: Newsletters. This sub-series contains Virginia Opera Guild newsletters. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1989 to present.

Sub-series E: Miscellaneous. This sub-series contains Guild related materials that do not fit easily into the other sub-series.

Series VIII: Virginia Opera Docents. This series is broken into five sub-series: A. Business; B. Membership; C. News Documents and Newsletters; D. Guides; and E. Docent Educational Materials.

Sub-series A: Business. This sub-series contains Docent business materials. Included are agendas, correspondence, reports and summaries, policies and procedures, forms, volunteer time logs, and the mission statement of the Docents. Materials are arranged alphabetically by topic, and then chronologically where applicable. These materials date from the 1980 to 2006.

Sub-series B: Membership. This sub-series contains Docent membership lists from the 1980s to the present. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1993 to 1999.

Sub-series C: News Documents and Newsletters. This sub-series contains news articles about the Docent Education Program and issues of the "Recitative" Docent Newsletter. Materials are arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically where applicable.

Sub-series D: Guides. This sub-series contains opera guides, teachers guides, and study guides. These highlight detailed information about various operas including: plot synopses, characters, music, information about the composer, historical information, classroom activities, pronunciation guides, discussion topics, and study questions. . Some of the guides even contain the scripts, a few in the native language of the composer.  Guides are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series E: Docent Educational Materials. This sub-series contains educational materials used in the Docent program. Included are classroom activities, repertoire and performance history, field trip materials, as well as information on the Norfolk Public School Project and In-School touring Program. Materials are arranged alphabetically, as most items are not dated.

Series IX: Personalities. This series contains biographical information about Virginia Opera personalities. Materials are arranged alphabetically by the individual’s last name.

Series X: Related Organizations. This series contains information about organizations related to the Virginia Opera. Included are the Friends of the Virginia Opera and Lyric Opera Virginia. Lyric Opera Virginia is a splinter group of the Virginia Opera formed after the termination of Peter Mark on November 18, 2010. Material is arranged alphabetically.

Series XI: Miscellaneous. This series contains materials that did not fit easily into other categories. Included are recipe cards, an advent calendar, and other miscellaneous materials. These are arranged alphabetically.

Series XII: Photos. This series contains photos from the Virginia Opera, Virginia Opera Guild, and Docents. Included are photos of individuals, groups, parties, workshops, opera props and sets, and the Harrison Opera House. Materials are arranged alphabetically, as not all photos are dated.

Series XIII: Multimedia. This series is broken down into four sub-series: A. Videotapes; B. Cassette Tapes; C. Compact Discs; and D. Record Albums.

Sub-series A: Videotapes. This sub-series contains Docent training videos in VHS format. All of these materials are from 1994. These are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series B: Cassette Tapes. This sub-series contains cassette tapes featuring workshops, lectures, board meetings, and the music of various opera performances. Materials are arranged alphabetically and date from 1994 to 2006.

Sub-series C: Compact Discs. This sub-series contains both audio and data CD’s. Audio CD’s include interviews and promotional CD’s with the music from various operas. Data CD’s include photos from various opera events. Materials date from 2002-2009 and are arranged alphabetically.

Sub-series D: Record Albums. This sub-series contains record albums with the music from various operas. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Series XIV: Artifacts. This series contains artifacts relating to the Virginia Opera. Included are promotional pins, bumper stickers, t-shirts, key chains, souvenirs, as well as an opera review poster by a 4th grade class, Harrison Opera House lighting templates, and a folder of oversize newspaper articles.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
Docents, opera companies
Harrison Opera House
Lyric Opera of Virginia
Opera--Educational programs
Opera companies--Virginia
Virginia Opera Association
Virginia Opera Guild
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Eleanor J. Bader  Gift. Accession #A2006-05
Related Materials: For more information please see https://www.vaopera.org/.
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [number], Folder [number and title], Virginia Opera Papers, Special Collections, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.