A Truly Amazing, Large Collection of Programs

We just acquired an amazing collection of programs – A total of 52 banker´s boxes!

Enrico Caruso, Geraldine Farrar and Ernestine Schumann-Heink signed cast clip

Metropolitan Opera Cast Clip, 1907 – “Hansel und Gretel” and “Pagliacci”, signed by Caruso, Farrar and Schumann-Heink

 

Collection contains a wide variety of items, including opera programs (both signed and unsigned) and playbills mostly from European and American theaters as well as some Latin-American performances. This is by far the largest program collection we have ever purchased.

 

Starting in the 1830s, and all the way through 2012, we are finding many rarities and treasures (like this signed cast clip shown on the right).

 

There are of course quite a few sought-after opera programs, such as nearly 50 programs and playbills with star soprano Maria Callas!

 

Quite a few vintage programs and playbills from Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, a mini collection with over 200 playbills from the K.K. Hofoperntheater (from 1870 through 1920) and other Vienna theaters from that era, and more.

 

It will take us a while to sort through such a vast collection, catalog, scan and list in our website some of these treasures, but that will certainly be happening during the rest of this year. Stay tuned!

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