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Peter Mark Papers, 1953-2014, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mona Farrow

Collection Overview

Title: Peter Mark Papers, 1953-2014, undated

Predominant Dates:1980-2010

ID: 00/MG 114

Primary Creator: Mark, Peter (1940-)

Extent: 46.6 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into five series: Series I: Peter Mark; Series II: Thea Musgrave; Series III: International Opera Alliance (IOA); Series IV: Lyric Opera of Virginia; and Series V: Virginia Opera Association.

Date Acquired: 12/20/2012. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Conductors (Music)--United States, International Opera Alliance, Lyric Opera of Virginia, Mark, Peter, Musicians--United States, Virginia Opera Association

Languages: English, Chinese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the personal papers of Peter Mark, Founding General Director and Artistic Director of the Virginia Opera from 1974-2010. The collection includes the correspondence of Peter Mark as Artistic Director of the Virginia Opera, programs from Virginia Opera productions, administrative records of the Virginia Opera, and records pertaining to the International Opera Alliance (IOA) and the Lyric Opera of Virginia.

Collection Historical Note

Peter Mark is the Founding General Director and Artistic Director of the Virginia Opera Association from 1974 to 2010, founding Artistic Director of the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival and an International Opera Coach, Masterclass Teacher and Conductor.    The Virginia Opera Association bestowed on Peter Mark the title Director Emeritus of the Virginia upon his departure in 2012.  Peter Mark is the founding Director of Lyric Opera of Virginia from 2010 to 2012.  He worked through the International Opera Alliance to identify and train gifted young American and international opera singers.  Prior to his career as conductor and impresario, Maestro Mark, who began his musical career as a boy soprano soloist at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, enjoyed a successful career as a solo violinist and violist. Since his Virginia Opera debut in 1975 and under his guidance for the past 36 seasons, Virginia Opera has identified, worked with and presented some of the nation’s most promising young singers – from Jeannine Altmeyer, Renée Fleming, Barbara Dever, Frank Porretta, Grant Youngblood, Fabiana Bravo, Lawrence Brownlee, Nmon Ford, Thomas Truhitte, Cristina Nassif, Jeniece Golbourne, Manon Strauss Evrard and Mary Elizabeth Williams. Maestro Mark conducted his 100th Virginia Opera production - Il Trovatore, totaling 700 highly-successful performances led by him on the company’s stage during his career.  He invited two of the most well know opera singers to the Hampton Roads area, Beverly Sills and Luciano Pavarotti.  As conductor, he brought the artistic achievements of Virginia Opera to the international stage, conducting the company’s productions and presenting the company’s singers in South America, London, New York, and China, where he conducted Shanghai’s first Italian-language Tosca to open the brand new Opera House of the Oriental Arts Center, China’s first, and was featured on the cover of China’s national Opera News.  Among his most recognized productions are four operas by Maestro Mark’s wife, distinguished Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave, and the Virginia Premieres of Strauss’ Elektra and Salome, Wagner’s Die Walküre and Tristan & Isolde, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, and Handel’s Rodelinda and Agrippina. Maestro Mark conducted the British premiere of Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (telecast throughout the United Kingdom by Granada Television); Porgy and Bess at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La Traviata and Masked Ball for Krakow Opera, and La Bohème for its centennial production at the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival in Italy.  He has also conducted for New York City Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria in Canada, and the National Opera of Mexico at the Bellas Artes.  Though his travels to China, Africa, Europe and the Americas, he has heard listened, trained and encouraged and presented some of the best young operatic talent.  Peter Mark is the son of Edna and Irving Mark.

Subject/Index Terms

Conductors (Music)--United States
International Opera Alliance
Lyric Opera of Virginia
Mark, Peter
Musicians--United States
Virginia Opera Association

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: An addition to the collection was given in 2014.

Access Restrictions: Portions of this collection are restricted. Please consult a staff member for assistance.

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 Source: Gift of Peter Mark

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2013-09

Related Materials: Virginia Opera Papers (MG 85).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [number], Folder [number and title], Peter Mark Papers, Special Collections, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: The collection was inventoried by Mona Farrow, Special Collections and University Archives staff, Greg Magier, Special Collections and University Archives volunteer, and Angelia Mumford, Special Collections and University Archives student assistant from June 2015 through December 2016. Additional material was interfiled into the collection by Mona Farrow, Special Collections and University Archives staff, from January through March 2018.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Peter Mark, 1953-2012, undated],
[Series 2: Thea Musgrave, 1974-2006],
[Series 3: International Opera Alliance (IOA), 2003-2008, undated],
[Series 4: Lyric Opera Of Virginia, 2011-2014, undated],
[Series 5: Virginia Opera Association  (VOA), 1974-2012, undated],
[Series 6: Audiovisual Material, 1953-2012, undated],
[Series 7: Oversize Memorabilia and Promotional Material, 1976-2012, undated],
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Series 6: Audiovisual Material, 1953-2012, undated
This series contains audiovisual material related to Peter Mark's work with the Virginia Opera Company. Included in the series are recordings of performances, digital photographs, special events, and master class sessions taught by Mark in Los Angeles.
Sub-Series A: Compact Discs (CD's), 1999-2010, undated
Box 83
Item 1: China, 2005 January 17
Item 2: Peter Mark  at Shanghai Opera House 10 SGY Orch Sch Sat Opera Students Patrons Sitzprobe A David Wie Interview, 2005  June 25
Item 3: Shanghai Tosca Rehearsal Photos Sat A Sitz- B Pro Z, 2005  June 25
Chinese writing on disc
Item 4: Shanghai Tosca Rehearsal Photos Sat A Sitz -  B Pro June 25, 2005, 2005 June 25
Item 5: Shanghai Tosca,  Cast B end I ,II, III, 2005 June
Item 6: Shanghai Oriental Art Center Opera House (OACOH) Tosca Dress A Padon Act I, 2005 June 29
Item 7: Shanghai  Cast A Dress after Vissi D, 2005 June 29
Item 8: Shanghai Tosca A Cast dress,  Opening thru Vissi D, 2005 June  29
CD (Chinese writing on disc
Item 9: Select Shanghai Tosca Photos, 2005
Item 10: Tosca in Shanghai Performance Video DVD, 2005 June 01
Item 11: Shanghai Tosca Dress A CAST Fabi and children Act II and III Orch Dress, 2005 June 01
Chinese writing on disc
Item 12: Select Shanghai Tosca Photos SOH/VOH/IOA, 2005
Item 13: Shanghai Tosca Opening Night , Backstage, Make-up, House, Dan, 2005 July 01
Item 14: Shanghai (OACOH)  Opening Tosca Opening .. Party after speeches Night, 2005 July 01
Item 15: Shanghai Tosca Opening Night Oriental Art Center Opera House Opening, 2005 July 01
Item 16: Shanghai  (OACOH)  Opening Night Photos, 2005 July 01
Item 17: Peter Mark Desktop Backup China  (China related  only and IOA only, 2005 August 08
Item 18: BENQ purple disc written in Chinese, undated
Item 19: China Photos dup (undated), undated
Item 20: China Photos dup (undated), undated
Item 21: 25 Minutes Summary DVD Shanghai Tosca, undated
Item 22: By The Songhua River Memories of China Long Wu Piano, 2005
Item 23: Sun, Yu Bass-Baritone recital accompanied by Michael Tan, 2005
Item 24: Wei Song Dai, 2005
Item 25: Files of International Opera Association (IOA), 2006 August
Item 26: Daniela Friedl - International Opera Association (IOA), 2006 August
Item 27: International Opera Association (IOA)Concern first half, 2006 August 18
Item 28: International Opera Association (IOA) Concern second half, 2006 August 18
Item 29: Virginia Opera Association - Barber of Seville and Traviata Rehearsals S, 2005 September
Item 30: Virginia Opera Association - Pascoe - Norma, undated
Item 31: Virginia Opera Association - Peter Mark's 200th Celebration, 2008 October 12
CD with photographs of VOV guests including Thea Musgrave, Pete Decker, Hope Mihalap, Minette Cooper, The Honorable Judge and Mrs. Robert Doumar
Item 32: Virginia Opera Association - Peter Mark's 200th Celebration, 2008 October 12
CD with photographs of VOV guests including Thea Musgrave, Pete Decker, Hope Mihalap, Minette Cooper, The Honorable Judge and Mrs. Robert Doumar
Item 33: Virginia Opera Association - Rigoletto Speeches after curtain call Speeches Peter Mark and Edythe Harrison, 2010 October 10
Item 34: Virginia Opera Association - Tristan NOVA (Fairfax) Part I, 2005 February
Item 35: Virginia Opera Association - Tristan NOVA (Fairfax) Part II, 2005 February
Item 36: Virginia Opera Association - Tristan NOVA (Fairfax) Part III, 2005 February
Item 37: Virginia Opera Association - Triston and Isolde Act II dor 2, undated
Item 38: Virginia Opera Association - Virginia Treasures Celebrate!, 1999 May 23
CD for Fundraiser for the American Red Cross
Item 39: Virginia Opera Association - Virginia Treasures Celebrate!, 1999 May 23
CD for Fundraiser for the American Red Cross
Item 40: Virginia Opera Association - Virginia Opera - Pinocchio, 2008 May 10
CD for Family Day
Item 41: Huntington Concert Errard Ford Wilborn, Kirsch, Peter Mark, 2006 June 13
Item 42: Peter Mark My Pics  backup, 2008 September 4
Item 43: Requiem A performance for Peach, undated
Item 44: Choralis Youth Choirs Concert, 2010 May 2
Item 45: Maputo Porgy, 2010 May
CD with photographs
Sub-Series B: Video Home System (VHS) Tapes, 1996-2005, undated
Box 84
Item 1: Barbara Ciera, undated
Item 2: Cox Cable - Peter Mark, Andrew Mason, RA, 1997 March 23
Item 3: ArtBeat! 309 VOA Elektra, 2002 January 23
Item 4: John Conklin Elektra, undated
Item 5: Met Anthem, undated
Item 6: Orfeo & Euridice Dress Rehearsal, 1999 January 19
Item 7: VOA Suor Angelinia  ? Dress G. Sch Esther Woods, undated
Item 8: Tosca on location in Rome, undated
Item 9: China Trip Part I, 2004 May 20 - June 2
Item 10: China Trip Part II, 2004 May 20 - June 2
Item 11: Mexico City Turandot, 1989
Item 12: WSWDC Smithsonian T&I  Peter Mark, 2005 February
Item 13: 42  Festival Puccini La Boheme, 1996
Sub-Series C: Mini Digital Video (DV) Cassette Tapes, 2004-2010, undated
Box 85
Item 1: Beijing Control Conservatory first day, 2004 May 21
China tape  1 of Lin Yosin and Zhu Yifer
Item 2: Beijing Control Conservatory, 2004 May 21
China tape  2 of Zhu Yifer,  Ruan Yagan  and Su Dawer
Item 3: Beijing Control Conservatory, 2004 May 21
China tape 3 of Su Dawer , Zhen Hongkan and Zhany Yaning*Yu Fei, and Lin Tieli
Item 4: Beijing Control Conservatory, 2004 May 21
China tape 4 of Zhany Yaning, Yu Fei, and Lin Tieli
Item 5: Beijing Control Conservatory, 2004 May 21
China tape 5 of Wang Chuanyne, Yang Ki , and Li Meisi
Item 6: China Dai, 2004 May 25
China tape  6 Tenor Trip  Hongzhon  Morning exe. Shanghai
Item 7: China Shanghai Opera Building, 2004 May 25
China tape 7 of Wang Hon, Yas Crade Sorts and Yang Xlaoyong  Eritu
Item 8: China Shanghai Opera, 2004 May 25
China tape 8 of End of Yang  Xlaoyong, Wang Weigian, Habaner Dolish and Yue Asifu-Germon
Item 9: China Shanghai Opera, 2004 May 25
China tape 9 of Yue Asifu-Germont, Dong Douita and Shang da Han
Item 10: China Shanghai Opera, 2004 May 26
China tape 10 of Dong Douita, Zhang Guo Yony, Wag Weigian and Dong
Item 11: China Shanghai Opera, 2004 May 26
China tape 11 of Dong and Wang Hong
Item 12: China Shanghai Opera lighted tonight section Beethoven 9th Orchestra, 2004 May 27
China tape 12 of Chi Liming, Wei Song and Zhany Feng
Item 13: China Shanghai Opera, 2004 May 27
China tape 13 of Chi Liming and Wang Yun Jing
Item 14: China Shanghai Opera, 2004 May 27

China tape 14 of Tenor Li Wei, pianist X Maman Addie, and Ahao Qing

(Liming

Item 15: China Shanghai Opera *Mezzo Want Shanghai Conservatory, 2004 May 27
China tape 15 of Oi - Chi Liming  Shanghai Symphony Chen Trip to Pudong and Band and Theatre
Item 16: Beijing Central Opera, 2004 May 31
China tape  16 of Tenor Shany Yang Xi, Sop Sun Rony and Liang Yue
Item 17: Beijing Central Opera, 2004 May 31
China tape 17 of Bass Wang Ku Reny
Item 18: Beijing Central Opera, 2004 May 31
China tape  18 of Soprano Zheng Jis Gin, Tenor Liang Zhao Jim,  Tenor Li Shaping, Tenor Gas Ter Messed and Mezzo Shq Sha Nui
Item 19: Beijing Central Opera Tuesday, 2004 June 1

China tape  19of Opera Bass Zhoug Hao, Soprano  Xi In Yu Yue Ge,

Mezzo Zhuon Yuan, Boilp Sapeto, Peking Duck Dinner with Sun Yu

Item 20: Master Class/LA, Tape 1, 2006 August 28
Paula Goodman Wilder, Jessie Merlen, Cynthia Kemp
Item 21: Master Class/LA, Tape 2, 2006 August 28
Kevin Courtemanche, Ariel Paltrinier, Katherine Graquinto
Item 22: Master Class/LA, Tape 3, 2006 August 29
Erin Murphy, Joshua Hong
Item 23: Master Class/LA, Tape 5, 2006 August 29
Dan Snyder, Lynne Claire Morse
Item 24: Master Class/LA, Tape 6, 2006 August 29
Katya Rothfuss, Phillip Schnerder, Gabriel Silva
Item 25: Master Class/LA, Tape 7, 2006 August 30
Daniela Friedl, Amber Wagner
Item 26: Master Class/LA, Tape 8, 2007 August 30
Holly Sedillos, Ariel Augusto Paltrinieri, Katherine Graquinto
Item 27: Master Class/LA, Tape 9, 2008 August 30
Cynthia Karp, Dan Snyder, Paula Goodman Wilder
Item 28: Master Class/LA, Tape 10, 2009 August 30
Jessie Merlen, Erin Murphy
Item 29: Master Class/LA, Tape 11, 2010 August 30
Jan Cornelius, Daniela Friedl, Joshua Hong
Item 30: Master Class/LA, Tape 12, 2006 August 31
Lynne Claire Morse, Holly Sedillos , E. Phillip Schnider
Item 31: Master Class/LA, Tape 13, 2006 August 31
Gabriel Siva, Michellk Berque Yisaha, Kathy Rothhfurs
Item 32: Master Class/LA, Tape 14, 2006 September 1
Item 34: Master Class/LA, Tape 16, undated
Item 35: Master Class Ensemble, undated
Item 36: Master Class/LA, Tape 17, 2006
Item 37: Master Class/LA, Tape 18, 2006
Item 38: First day Master Class, undated
Item 39: Tuesday Master Class, undated
Item 40: Wednesday MC Dana, Christina, Yang, undated
Item 41: Chi Liming Boh-Carmen, November 29, undated
Item 42: Chi L, November 29, undated
Item 43: Xu Xiaoqing, Zhan Hinging, Micaels  Esturo, undated
Item 44: IOA Concert B, 2006 November
Item 45: IOA Concert B, 2006 November
Item 46: Unopened boxes, undated
Four blank tapes
Item 47: Gilda November 29, undated
Case empty, no tape
Sub-Series D: Compact Cassette Tapes, 1953, 1985, undated
Box 85
Item 48: Board Meeting Part I, 1985 June 24
Audio cassette tape of a board meeting
Item 49: Board Meeting Part II, 1985 June 24
Audio cassette tape of a board meeting
Item 50: Peter Mark and Edna Mark, 1953
Audio cassette tape of Peter voice and violin and Edna playing piano
Item 51: Simon Bolivar by Thea Musgrave, undated
Audio cassette tape of Spanish text read by Don Stevenson

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Peter Mark, 1953-2012, undated],
[Series 2: Thea Musgrave, 1974-2006],
[Series 3: International Opera Alliance (IOA), 2003-2008, undated],
[Series 4: Lyric Opera Of Virginia, 2011-2014, undated],
[Series 5: Virginia Opera Association  (VOA), 1974-2012, undated],
[Series 6: Audiovisual Material, 1953-2012, undated],
[Series 7: Oversize Memorabilia and Promotional Material, 1976-2012, undated],
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