Operas, 1956-2012 and undated

Scope and content:

Operas contains a variety of materials related to each of Robert Ward's nine completed operatic works. All of the compositions include an assortment of newspaper clippings, programs, and reviews from their performances. Clippings, programs, and reviews related to The Crucible are by far the most extensive. Almost all the operas have music sketches, libretto drafts, published libretti, piano-vocal scores, orchestral scores, conductor's scores, some individual instrumental parts, and both audio and audiovisual recordings. Media types include audiocassettes, compact discs, digital audio tapes, DVDs, reels, and VHS tapes. The scores include published versions, edited proofs—many in Ward's own hand—master sheets, printing masters, and original manuscripts. Several of the operas also include correspondence from Ward regarding revisions and performances, as well as production photographs, academic publications with musical analyses, set drawings, and stage directions. The materials for Roman Fever include a filming script. The series also includes libretto drafts for an unfinished opera entitled Debs. Recording titles are taken from the media objects themselves. Arranged alphabetically by opera title.


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