Opera Rara performance archives

Scope and Content

Records generated by Opera Rara's core function of bringing back to life rare and forgotten operas. It includes annotated performance scores, costume designs, and directors' and conductors' notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Opera Rara is a British non-profit recording company, founded in the early 1970s by American Patric Schmid and Englishman Don White to promote concerts and recordings of rare and/or forgotten operas by bel canto era composers such as Italian composers Gaetano Donizetti, Giovanni Pacini, Saverio Mercadante, and Federico Ricci, as well as French composers of the 1830s forward such as Giacomo Meyerbeer. The company's activities were later expanded to include the "Verdi Originals" series, performing earlier editions of Verdi operas

Access Information

Access is subject to statutory and legal requirements, as defined under data protection, freedom of information, copyright and other relevant legislation. Records containing personal data about living individuals and confidential business information which would ordinarily be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act are not fully open to the public until 100 years after they were created or the individual involved has died (where applicable).

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