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MS Thr 530

Teatro alla Scala. Teatro alla Scala business letters and contracts, 1917-1973: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.
Call No.: MS Thr 530
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Teatro alla Scala.
Title: Teatro alla Scala business letters and contracts,
Date(s): 1917-1973, (bulk) 1920-1942.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Italian, a few in English.
Abstract: Contracts with, and letters sent from artists engaged with the opera house of Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, Italy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2008MTW-1. Deposited by John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward; received: 2008 August 5.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Teatro alla Scala Business Letters and Contracts, 1917-1973 (MS Thr 530). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also the John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection of the Harvard Theatre Collection itemized in the HOLLIS database. The collection is comprised of thousands of books, scores, librettos, playbills, illustrations, contracts, and ephemera relating to public performances that incorporate music in an essential way, such as ballet, opera, social dance, pantomime, operetta, and burlesque.
See curatorial file for the dealer list received with this material.

Biographical / Historical

The Teatro alla Scala was founded under the auspices of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, to replace the Royal Ducal Theatre which was destroyed by fire on 26 February 1776 and had, until then, been the home of opera in Milan. La Scala, the more common name, opened on 3 August 1778 with Antonio Salieri's opera L'Europa riconosciuta, to a libretto by Mattia Verazi. La Scala today continues as one of the world's most famous opera houses.
Source: http://www.teatroallascala.org


Arranged alphabetically by name of artist. Unidentified items are at end.

Scope and Contents

Approximately 380 documents and letters concerning the engagement of singers (primarily) as well as conductors and repetiteurs for the Teatro alla Scala [La Scala, Milan]. Also includes some materials concerning other personnel.
Materials include: contracts that specify the terms of the engagement and are signed by the artists; extensions or modifications of contracts; 'regolamenti del teatro' or printed regulations of the theatre, also signed by the artists; letters sent to La Scala from the artists (only two artists' files include letters from La Scala); and some miscellaneous items including receipts for music borrowed from the Scala library.
Includes the names: Franco Alfano, Gina Cigna, Toti Dal Monte, Manuel de Falla, Giuseppe De Luca, Victor De Sabata, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Gobbi, Vittorio Gui, Italo Montemezzi, Luigi Nono, Ettore Panizza, Tullio Serafin, Siegfried Wagner, Bruno Walter, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, among many others.


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