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PITTSBURGH MUSIC - ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Location: Oliver Room,
Pittsburgh Music Archives #37
Box #21

GEORGE H. WILSON

GRAND OPERA SEASON
Pittsburgh. April 14-17,1902

  1. Photos in a January edition of DISPATCH listing artists who will appear in April.

  2. Newspaper articles detailing coming season – artists, singers, conductors, etc. – many by George H. Wilson, manager of Pittsburgh Orchestra. Photo of Pittsburgh native, Mme. Louise Beatty Homer, one of the principal artists of the Metropolitan Opera Company. Performances to take place in the Duquesne Garden. (Note: Pittsburgh DISPATCH sub-heading on page 25, March 30, 1902 states: Society News of the Two Cities [Pittsburgh and Allegheny?] and from the Near-by Towns.) Other articles from the GAZETTE.

  3. Newspaper reports of the April 14-17 operas, and the society which attended in record numbers. “Society knelt at the shrine of grand opera for four evenings, clad in brilliant raiments, and proved to the world at large its devotion to art for art’s sake. Seldom, if ever, has the social side of the opera in Pittsburgh been surpassed by a more magnificent showing……” Then followed were two columns of names of box holders and their guests.

  4. Short article: “More spent on grand opera than given for churches” quoting from a sermon by The Rev. Dr. William McEwan at Third Presbyterian Church.

  5. Two statements of April 14-17, 1902, signed by George H. Wilson: a.) Detailed Statement of Receipts; b.) Detailed Statement of Expenses

  6. Special notice was made of the April 16, 1902 performance of the new opera “Manru” by Paderewski, which was premiered in Dresden in 1901 and at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on February 14, 1902. Performances were given mixed reviews.

  7. Listings of society persons who occupied boxes for the various performances.

  8. Articles from the PRESS of April 13, 1902 stated that...”the season of five operas to be given by Mr. Grau’s matchless aggregation of all-star artists from the Metropolitan Opera House…” would arrive in Pittsburgh that evening.

  9. Many reviews of the five operas, which were: Aida, Carmen, Manru, Lohengrin, and The Marriage of Figaro.