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MS Thr 1137

Costume designs for French opera, theater and music-halls, circa 1890-1940: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pfd
Call No.: MS Thr 1137
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Costume designs for French opera, theater and music-halls,
Date(s): 1890-1940.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear foot (57 drawings in 28 folders.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Costume designs for opera, theater and music-halls productions by French designers, Georges K. Benda, Charles Bétout, and Marcel Mültzer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2005MT-56. Purchased with the Beatrice, Benjamin and D. Richard Bader Fund; received: 2005 September.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Costume Designs for French Opera, Theater and Music-Halls, circa 1890-1940 (MS Thr 1137). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Georges Kugel Benda (1873- active until 1961) was a French costume designer for the most noted music-halls in Paris and London. After 1929 he almost exclusively worked for film studios in Europe and in Hollywood.
Charles Bétout (1869-1948) was a costume designer for French opera, operetta and historical films. From 1920 to 1930 he was the principal costume designer for the Comédie-Française. Between 1925 and 1931, he also designed costumes for various historical scenes for the revues at Folies-Bergère. He was one of the great historical designers of the early 20th century.
Marcel Mültzer (1866-1937) was a French costume designer for opera and operetta, Bétout and Mültzer collaborated on many opera productions.


Arranged alphabetically by the artist's name and production title within.

Scope and Contents

Costume designs for the first half of the 20th-century productions of comic ballets and operas by Molière, Puccini and Gluck at Comédie-Française, Opera de Paris, Opera-Comique, and for productions at Parisian music-halls by Georges K. Benda, Charles Bétout and Marcel Mültzer.

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