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The Virginia Opera Papers

Historical Sketch

Founded in 1974 by Edythe C. Harrison, the Virginia Opera Association was launched with two productions at the Norfolk Center Theater. In 1975, Peter Mark signed on as conductor for the Virginia Opera, a position he held for 35 years. His wife, the Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave, has composed many of her works for the Virginia Opera. In 1977, the Virginia Opera began performances in Richmond with the encouragement of then-Governor Mills Godwin and Mrs. T. Fleetwood (Anna) Garner who helped form the Richmond Friends of the Opera. By 1983, the Richmond and Central Virginia Board of Virginia Opera was formed and a Richmond office was opened. In November 1992, the Virginia Opera presented its first main stage performance at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax. Today the Opera has an operating budget of $6 million and performs 36 main stage performances yearly in Norfolk, Richmond and Fairfax. Performances reach nearly 50,000 attendees, and there are over 3,000 contributing donors to the Opera. In addition, the Virginia Opera reaches more than 200,000 students and community members yearly through its Education and Community Outreach Programs.


The Norfolk Center Theater began as a concrete-block structure near the Chrysler museum that originally served as a USO for armed forces personnel during World War II. The Norfolk Center Theater was renovated in 1993 and became the Edythe C. and Stanley L. Harrison Opera House, dedicated to the Virginia Opera's founder and her husband. The Harrison Opera House has 1,632 seats.

The Virginia Opera also plays at two other major venues in Virginia: the historical Landmark Theater in Richmond and the George Mason University Center for the Arts. The Landmark Theater, formerly known as the Mosque, was the Acca Temple Shrine in 1926 until it was bought by the City of Richmond in the 1940s. In the early 1990s it was transformed into the theater it is today. The George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax is located on the George Mason campus, and also offers ballet and music concerts.

The Virginia Opera Guild

The Virginia Opera Guild plays a supporting role to the Virginia Opera. Members share an appreciation for opera, attend social events that provide insight into opera productions, and sponsor fundraising events that benefit Virginia Opera programs.

Education and Outreach

The Virginia School System has joined up with the Virginia Opera Association to bring educational value to the opera. Each year thousands of students visit opera houses across Virginia to be entertained as well as educated. Virginia Opera Educational Outreach Programs bring opera into the community by offering free admission to people less fortunate or setting up small operas in the community. These programs reach more than 200,000 students and community members each year.

Programs include an In-School Touring Program that brings opera programs to schools and communities throughout the year; Student Night at the Opera offering discounted tickets to students on special nights and Student Matinee's that allow students to attend matinee performances at an affordable price; and Operation Opera offering free presentations to community venues throughout Virginia.

Also offered are age-appropriate study guides created to correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning. These guides include background information, student worksheets, library activities that encourage educators to incorporate the arts into existing curriculum.

The Virginia Opera Docents serve as speakers to schools and community organizations as part of the Education and Outreach Program. These volunteers share their knowledge and insight about the opera providing free programs on a first-come-first-served basis.

Scope and Contents

Material in the collection dates from 1975 to the present day. Represented in the collection are the Virginia Opera Association, the Virginia Opera Guild, the Virginia Opera Docents, and information on the Harrison Opera House. The Friends of Virginia Opera and a split off group called Lyric Opera Virginia are also represented, but to a much lessor extent. Material includes business, budgets, and correspondence; season programs and marketing materials; news articles and newsletters; membership information; educational materials; multimedia including video tapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, and record albums; photographs; and artifacts related to the Virginia Opera.  

Series Descriptions

Series I: Virginia Opera Association. This series contains Virginia Opera Association business. This includes both the Statewide Board of Directors and the Hampton Roads Board of Governors. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, committee information, and other related business. Material is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically and dates from 1985 to 2011.  

Series II: Opera Programs and Marketing "Postcards." This series contains programs, flyers, and marketing "postcards" for Virginia Opera seasons and individual performances. Material dates from 1975 to 2012 and is arranged in chronological order.

Series III: News Documents. This series is broken into three sub-series: A. Newspaper Clippings, B. Magazine Articles, and C. Press Releases.

Sub-series A: Newspaper Clippings. This sub-series contains newspaper clippings related to the Virginia Opera and opera in general. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to the present time.

Sub-series B: Magazine Articles. This sub-series contains magazine articles related to the Virginia Opera and opera in general. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1975 to 1999.

Sub-series C: Press Releases. This sub-series contains Virginia Opera press releases from the 1990s and 2010s. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series IV: Newsletters. This series is broken down into two sub-series: A. Virginia Opera News Newsletter and B. Opera Voice Newsletter.

Sub-series A: Virginia Opera News Newsletter. This sub-series contains the Virginia Opera News newsletter. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to 1983.

Sub-series B: Opera Voice Newsletter. This sub-series contains the Opera Voice newsletter. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1989 to 2011.

Series V: Events. This series contains information on events hosted by the Virginia Opera Association, the Virginia Opera Guild, and the Virginia Opera Docents. Included are invitations, programs, and planning materials for a variety of events including galas, balls, dress rehearsals, luncheons, parties, lectures, and other such events. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to present.

Series VI: Harrison Opera House. This series contains materials related to the renovation of the Center Theater into the Harrison Opera House. Included are the renovation plan and building specifications; news releases, clippings, and magazine articles related to the Harrison Opera House; tour information; a history of the Norfolk Center Theater; fundraising campaign information for the renovation; and the Grand Opening program from November 1993. Material dates mainly from the early 1990s when the renovation was in progress. Material is arranged alphabetically.

Series VII: Virginia Opera Guild. This series is broken into five sub-series: A. Business; B. Committees; C. Membership; D. Newsletters; and E. Miscellaneous.

Sub-series A: Business. This sub-series contains Opera Guild business materials such as by-laws, meeting minutes, financial information, schedules, and correspondence. Material is arranged alphabetically and dates from 2002 to the present.

Sub-series B: Committees. This sub-series contains material related to Virginia Opera Guild committees including the auction, gala, and hospitality committees. Material is arranged alphabetically and dates in the 2000’s.

Sub-series C: Membership. This sub-series contains material related to membership in the Virginia Opera Guild. Included are membership applications, board rosters, and membership directories. Material dates from 1988 to present. Material is arranged alphabetically by topic, and then chronologically where applicable.

Sub-series D: Newsletters. This sub-series contains Virginia Opera Guild newsletters. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1989 to present.

Sub-series E: Miscellaneous. This sub-series contains Guild related materials that do not fit easily into the other sub-series.

Series VIII: Virginia Opera Docents. This series is broken into five sub-series: A. Business; B. Membership; C. News Documents and Newsletters; D. Guides; and E. Docent Educational Materials.

Sub-series A: Business. This sub-series contains Docent business materials. Included are agendas, correspondence, reports and summaries, policies and procedures, forms, volunteer time logs, and the mission statement of the Docents. Materials are arranged alphabetically by topic, and then chronologically where applicable. These materials date from the 1980 to 2006.

Sub-series B: Membership. This sub-series contains Docent membership lists from the 1980s to the present. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1993 to 1999.

Sub-series C: News Documents and Newsletters. This sub-series contains news articles about the Docent Education Program and issues of the "Recitative" Docent Newsletter. Materials are arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically where applicable.

Sub-series D: Guides. This sub-series contains opera guides, teachers guides, and study guides. These highlight detailed information about various operas including: plot synopses, characters, music, information about the composer, historical information, classroom activities, pronunciation guides, discussion topics, and study questions. . Some of the guides even contain the scripts, a few in the native language of the composer.  Guides are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series E: Docent Educational Materials. This sub-series contains educational materials used in the Docent program. Included are classroom activities, repertoire and performance history, field trip materials, as well as information on the Norfolk Public School Project and In-School touring Program. Materials are arranged alphabetically, as most items are not dated.

Series IX: Personalities. This series contains biographical information about Virginia Opera personalities. Materials are arranged alphabetically by the individual’s last name.

Series X: Related Organizations. This series contains information about organizations related to the Virginia Opera. Included are the Friends of the Virginia Opera and Lyric Opera Virginia. Lyric Opera Virginia is a splinter group of the Virginia Opera formed after the termination of Peter Mark on November 18, 2010. Material is arranged alphabetically.

Series XI: Miscellaneous. This series contains materials that did not fit easily into other categories. Included are recipe cards, an advent calendar, and other miscellaneous materials. These are arranged alphabetically.

Series XII: Photos. This series contains photos from the Virginia Opera, Virginia Opera Guild, and Docents. Included are photos of individuals, groups, parties, workshops, opera props and sets, and the Harrison Opera House. Materials are arranged alphabetically, as not all photos are dated.

Series XIII: Multimedia. This series is broken down into four sub-series: A. Videotapes; B. Cassette Tapes; C. Compact Disks; and D. Record Albums

Sub-series A: Videotapes. This sub-series contains Docent training videos in VHS format. All of these materials are from 1994. These are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series B: Cassette Tapes. This sub-series contains cassette tapes featuring workshops, lectures, board meetings, and the music of various opera performances. Materials are arranged alphabetically and date from 1994 to 2006.

Sub-series C: Compact Disks. This sub-series contains both audio and data CD’s. Audio CD’s include interviews and promotional CD’s with the music from various operas. Data CD’s include photos from various opera events. Materials date from 2002-2009 and are arranged alphabetically.

Sub-series D: Record Albums. This sub-series contains record albums with the music from various operas. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Series XIV: Artifacts. This series contains artifacts relating to the Virginia Opera. Included are promotional pins, bumper stickers, t-shirts, key chains, souvenirs, as well as an opera review poster by a 4th grade class, Harrison Opera House lighting templates, and a folder of oversize newspaper articles.


Gifts from Eleanor J. Bader, 2006 - 2011


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


16 Hollinger document cases, 2 Hollinger half document cases, 3 media boxes, 2 archival notebooks, and two oversize boxes.

Collection Number

MG 85

Container Listing

Box 1

Series I: Virginia Opera Association

Folder 1: Annual Fund Drive 1989-90
Folder 2: Annual Meeting and Report, 2004-2005, June 12, 2005
Folder 3: Annual Meeting and Report, 2005-2006, June 4, 2006
Folder 4: Annual Meeting and Report, 2006-2007, June 3, 2007
Folder 5: Annual Meeting and Report, 2008-2009, June 7, 2009
Folder 6: Annual Meeting and Report, 2009-2010, June 6, 2010
Folder 7: Board of Directors / Governors Lists 2004-05
Folder 8: Board of Directors / Governors Lists 2005-07
Folder 9: Board of Directors / Governors Lists 2006-08
Folder 10: Board of Directors / Governors Lists 2007-09
Folder 11: Board of Directors / Governors Lists 2008-10
Folder 12: Board of Directors / Governors Lists 2009-11
Folder 13: Board of Directors meeting, March 6, 2009
Folder 14: Board Member Orientation
Folder 15: Brief Synopsis of Board Committees and Activities 2007
Folder 16: Brochure
Folder 17: Bylaws
Folder 18: Correspondence [n.d.]
Folder 19: Development and Marketing Update, May 17, 2006
Folder 20: Executive Committee Meeting, July 11, 1990
Folder 21: Executive Committee Meeting, Nov. 20, 2007
Folder 22: Favorite Memories Project 2005
Folder 23: Financial Statements 1985-1990
Folder 24: Financial Statements 1990-1995
Folder 25: Financial Statements 1995-2000
Folder 26: Financial Statements 2000-2005

Box 2

Folder 1: Financial Statements 2005-2010
Folder 2: Financial Statements 2010-
Folder 3: Fundraising
Folder 4: Hampton Roads Board of Governors Meetings and Business 2008-09
Folder 5: Hampton Roads Board of Governors Meetings and Business 2009-10
Folder 6: Hampton Roads Board of Governors Meetings and Business 2010-11
Folder 7: Housing Program
Folder 8: Leadership Challenge Grant 2010
Folder 9: Outreach Programs
Folder 10: Peter Mark, Termination 2010-2011
Folder 11: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 1, 2008
Folder 12: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 23, 2009
Folder 13: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 10, 2010
Folder 14: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 12, 2010
Folder 15: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 30, 2010
Folder 16: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 30, 2010
Folder 17: Statewide Board of Directors Meeting, March 25, 2011
Folder 18: Strategic Plan FY2009-FY2013
Folder 19: SWOT Survey, February 15, 2011
Folder 20: Virginia Opera Board of Directors Lists 1974-2011
Folder 21: Virginia Opera Board of Directors Meetings and Business 2009-2010
Folder 22: Virginia Opera Board Resource Manual 2006-2007
Folder 23: Virginia Opera Committees 2005-06
Folder 24: Virginia Opera Committees 2006-07
Folder 25: Virginia Opera Committees 2007-08
Folder 26: Virginia Opera Committees 2009-10
Folder 27: Virginia Opera Committees 2010-11
Folder 28: Vision and Mission Statement

Box 3

Series II: Opera Programs and Marketing "Postcards"

Folder 1: Season 1975-76
Folder 2: Season 1976-77
Folder 3: Season 1977-78
Folder 4: Season 1978-79
Folder 5: Season 1979-80
Folder 6: Season 1980-81
Folder 7: Season 1981-82
Folder 8: Season 1982-83
Folder 9: Season 1983-84
Folder 10: Season 1984-85
Folder 11: Season 1985-86
Folder 12: Season 1986-87
Folder 13: Season 1987-88
Folder 14: Season 1988-89
Folder 15: Season 1989-90

Box 4

Folder 1: Season 1990-91
Folder 2: Season 1991-92
Folder 3: Season 1992-93
Folder 4: Season 1993-94
Folder 5: Seasons 1994-95
Folder 6: seasons 1995-96
Folder 7: Seasons 1996-97
Folder 8: Seasons 1997-98
Folder 9: Seasons 1998-99

Box 5

Folder 1: Seasons 1999-00 I
Folder 2: Seasons 1999-00 II
Folder 3: Seasons 2000-01 I
Folder 4: Seasons 2000-01 II
Folder 5: Seasons 2001-02 I
Folder 6: Seasons 2001-02 II
Folder 7: Seasons 2002-03 I
Folder 8: Seasons 2002-03 II
Folder 9: Seasons 2003-04
Folder 10: Seasons 2004-05

Box 6

Folder 1: Seasons 2005-06
Folder 2: Seasons 2006-07
Folder 3: Seasons 2007-08
Folder 4: Seasons 2008-09
Folder 5: Seasons 2009-10
Folder 6: Seasons 2010-11
Folder 7: Seasons 2011-12

Box 7

Series III: News Documents

Sub-series A: Newspaper clippings

Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings 1979
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings 1980-84
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings 1985-89
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings 1990-94
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings 1995-99
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings 2000-04
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings 2005-2009
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings 2010-
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings [n.d.]

Box 8

Sub-series B: Magazine Articles

Folder 1: Magazine Articles 1975-79
Folder 2: Magazine Articles 1980-84
Folder 3: Magazine Articles 1990-94
Folder 4: Magazine Articles 1995-99
Folder 5: Magazine Articles [n.d.]

Sub-series C: Press Releases

Folder 6: Press Releases 1990-99
Folder 7: Press Releases 2010-

Series IV: Newsletters

Sub-series A: Virginia Opera News Newsletter

Folder 8: Virginia Opera News 1979
Folder 9: Virginia Opera News 1980
Folder 10: Virginia Opera News 1981
Folder 11: Virginia Opera News 1982
Folder 12: Virginia Opera News 1983

Sub-series B: Opera Voice Newsletter

Folder 13: The Opera Voice 1989
Folder 14: The Opera Voice 1990
Folder 15: The Opera Voice 1993
Folder 16: The Opera Voice 1995
Folder 17: The Opera Voice 1996
Folder 18: The Opera Voice 1998
Folder 19: The Opera Voice 1999
Folder 20: The Opera Voice 2002
Folder 21: The Opera Voice 2003
Folder 22: The Opera Voice 2004-05
Folder 23: The Opera Voice 2006
Folder 24: The Opera Voice 2007
Folder 25: The Opera Voice 2010-11

Box 9

Series V: Events

Folder 1: Dickens House Festival, November 23-25, 1979
Folder 2: Hansel and Gretel’s Fantasy Fest, November 29-30, 1980
Folder 3: A Casual Cabaret: Bidder’s Delight Auction, October 3, 1981
Folder 4: Cinderella’s Fantasy Fest, November 28-29, 1981
Folder 5: The Girl’s Best Men, February-March 1984
Folder 5: La Bal de Beaux: 4th Annual Opera Guild Ball, November 21, 1987
Folder 6: Decorator Show House : A Project of the Virginia Opera, April 18 - May 8, 1988
Folder 7: The Emerald City: 5th Annual Opera Guild Ball, November 19, 1988
Folder 8: One Pig Puppet Show: Buffa 1989-1990
Folder 9: “Through the Looking Glass” a preview of Anna Bolena, January 10, 1989
Folder 10: Guild Night Rehearsal for “Anna Bolena,” January 18, 1989
Folder 11: Very Outstanding Auction for the Benefit of the Virginia Opera, April 1, 1989
Folder 12: A Starry, Starry Night: 6th Annual Opera Guild Ball, November 11, 1989
Folder 13: Docent Brunch, July 31, 1990
Folder 14: “What’s In – What’s Out” Fashion Luncheon to Benefit the Virginia Opera, April 17, 1991
Folder 15: Opera Up Close: Porgy and Bess, February 25, 1992
Folder 16: A Venetian Masked Ball, February 29, 1992
Folder 17: Opera Up Close: Don Pasquale, November 17, 1992
Folder 18: Open Dress Rehearsal: Don Pasquale, November 24, 1992
Folder 19: April in Paris: 10th Annual Opera Guild Ball, April 30, 1994
Folder 20: A Carousel Ball, February 24, 1996
Folder 21: Virginia Opera Guild Board Coffee, June 13, 1996
Folder 22: Lucia di Lammermoor: Dress Rehearsal, October 1, 1996
Folder 23: A Roman Holiday: 12th Annual Opera Guild Ball, February 22, 1997
Folder 24: The Elixir of Love: Dress Rehearsal, November 11, 1997
Folder 25: The Family Series: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, December 7 1997
Folder 26: Docent Holiday Party, December 11, 1997
Folder 27: The Tender Land: Dress Rehearsal, January 20, 1998
Folder 28: Asti’s Gala: An Elegant Supper Club with Singing and Dancing, January 16, 1999
Folder 29: The Crystal Ball, January 13, 2001
Folder 30: Guild Annual Holiday Luncheon, December 7, 2001
Folder 31: The Red, White, and Blue Ball, February 9, 2002
Folder 32: Virginia Opera Guild Dinner and Installation of Officers, May 16, 2002
Folder 33: An Introduction to the Season, August 22, 2002
Folder 34: Sunset on the River: Membership Cocktail Party, September 12, 2002
Folder 35: Let’s Discuss this Opera: A Christmas Carol (Docent program), November 2, 2002
Folder 36: Guild Night Dress Rehearsal for “A Christmas Carol,” November 5, 2002
Folder 37: Annual Holiday Luncheon, December 5, 2002
Folder 38: Opera Café: Docents Lecture and Discussion 2003-2004
Folder 39: The Maestro’s Gala, February 8, 2003
Folder 40: Opera in the Vineyards, June 2003
Folder 41: Madame Butterfly Presentation, October 2, 2003
Folder 42: The Royal Ball, February 21, 2004
Folder 43: Student Night at the Opera 2005-2006 Season
Folder 44: You and the Night and the Music: Celebrating 30 in the Thirties, February 26, 2005
Folder 45: Student Matinee: Little Red Riding Hood, October 12, 2005
Folder 46: Calendars and Schedules 2006-2007
Folder 47: Student Night at the Opera 2006-2007 Season
Folder 48: Mozart’s Birthday Bash, January 21, 2006
Folder 49: Student Matinee: The Marriage of Figaro, February 7, 2006
Folder 50: Student Matinee: Oh, Freedom, February 15, 2006
Folder 51: Family Day at the Opera: Sleeping Beauty, April 22, 2006
Folder 52: Annual Spring Party, May 18, 2006
Folder 53: Children and Opera at a Beach Picnic, August 8, 2006
Folder 54: Breakfast Musicale, August 12, 2006
Folder 55: Make Opera Your Cup of Tea, September 5, 2006
Folder 56: Sunset on the Water, September 7, 2006
Folder 57: Opera Insight Reception, Carmen, September 12, 2006

Box 10

Folder 1: Russian Festival, October 2006 – 2008
Folder 2: Virginia Opera Guild – Virginia Symphony League Holiday Luncheon, December 6, 2006
Folder 3: Cruise the World of Opera: Annual Gala, April 14, 2007
Folder 4: Breakfast Musicale, August 18, 2007
Folder 5: An Evening in the Winter Palace, January 26, 2008
Folder 6: Opera Insight for Eugene Onegin and Lucia Di Lammermoor, January 24, 2008
Folder 7: Opera Insight, February – March 2008
Folder 8: Family Day at the Opera: Pinocchio, May 10, 2008
Folder 9: Celebrate our 2007-2008 Guild Season, May 22, 2008
Folder 10: Dinner for Joe Walsh, August 11, 2008
Folder 11: Meet the Artists Reception: Il Trovatore, October 3, 2008
Folder 12: Celebrating Peter Mark’s 100th Production, October 12, 2008
Folder 13: Holiday Luncheon, December 6, 2008
Folder 14: Calendars and Schedules 2009-10
Folder 15: An Afternoon of Opera and Art: Vissi d’art, January 18, 2009
Folder 16: Pre-opera Dinner and Meet the Artists Reception: Tosca, January 30, 2009
Folder 17: Gala Auction, February 4, 2009
Folder 18: Festival dell’ Opera, February 21, 2009
Folder 19: Opera For Everyone, June 14, 2009
Folder 20: Sunset on the River Concert, September 20, 2009
Folder 21: Meet the Artists Reception: La Boheme, October 3, 2009
Folder 22: The Palette of Paris: A Dazzling Gala Evening, October 17, 2009
Folder 23: Meet the Artists Reception: The Daughter of the Regiment, November 14, 2009
Folder 24: Virginia Opera Guild – Virginia Symphony League Holiday Luncheon, December 5, 2009
Folder 25: Calendars and Schedules 2010-2011
Folder 26: Student Night at the Opera 2010-2011 Season
Folder 27: Pre-opera Dinner and Meet the Artist Reception: Don Giovanni, February 13, 2010
Folder 28: Emerald : 35th Anniversary Gala, March 27, 2010
Folder 29: Year End Party, May 15, 2010
Folder 30: First Look at Rappahannock County, July 29, 2010
Folder 31: Breakfast Musicale, August 21, 2010
Folder 32: Opera in the Park, September 11, 2010
Folder 33: Sunset on the River, September 11, 2010
Folder 34: Pre-opera Dinner, October 2, 2010
Folder 35: Merchant of Venice Rummage Sale, October 23, 2010
Folder 36: Guild Night, Dress Rehearsal for “Cosi Fan Tutte,” November 9, 2010
Folder 37: Meet the Artist Reception: Cosi Fan Tutte, November 13, 2010
Folder 38: Pre-opera Celebration: Cosi Fan Tutte, November 13, 2010
Folder 39: Discussion: Cosi Fan Tutte, November 16, 2010
Folder 40: Virginia Opera Guild – Virginia Symphony League Holiday Luncheon, December 4, 2010
Folder 41: Discussion: The Flight of the Valkyries: Anti-semitism, Evil, and Image, January 23, 2011
Folder 42: Meet the Artist Reception: The Valkyrie, February 5, 2011
Folder 43: Pre-opera Celebration: The Valkyrie, February 5, 2011
Folder 44: Discussion: The Valkyrie, February 7, 2011
Folder 45: Under the Big Top: 36th Anniversary Ball, February 26, 2011
Folder 46: Student Night at the Opera: Madama Butterfly, March 17, 2011
Folder 47: Meet the Artist Reception: Madama Butterfly, March 19, 2011
Folder 48: Pre-opera Celebration: Madama Butterfly, March 19, 2011
Folder 49: Discussion: Madama Butterfly, March 22, 2011
Folder 50: Joe Walsh Final Bow, March 27, 2011
Folder 51: Butterflies and Blossoms: A Sparkling Gala Evening, April 2, 2011
Folder 52: Behind the Scenes Program, March 6 [no year]
Folder 53: Guild Night, March 15 [no year]
Folder 54: West Side Story Cast Party, November 12 [no year]
Folder 55: Miscellaneous Invitations [undated]

Box 11

Series VI: Harrison Opera House

Folder 1: Building Description and Specifications
Folder 2: Campaign for the Renovation of the Norfolk Center Theater 1990-91
Folder 3: Edythe C. & Stanley L. Harrison Opera House, Gala Grand Opening, November 1993
Folder 4: History of the Norfolk Center Theater
Folder 5: Magazine Articles about the Opening of the Harrison Opera House 1994
Folder 6: News Clippings about the Opening of the Harrison Opera House1993
Folder 7: News Releases regarding renovations to the Harrison Opera House 1992-93
Folder 8: Renovation Plan for the Norfolk Center Theater 1990
Folder 9: Tour Information

Series VII: Virginia Opera Guild

Subs-series A: Business

Folder 10: Board of Directors Meeting 2006-07
Folder 11: Board of Directors Meeting 2007-08
Folder 12: Board of Directors Meeting 2008-09
Folder 13: Board of Directors Meeting 2009-10
Folder 14: Board of Directors Meeting 2010-11
Folder 15: Board of Directors Position / Job Descriptions
Folder 16: Budget and Finance 2006-07
Folder 17: Budget and Finance 2007-08
Folder 18: Budget and Finance 2008-09
Folder 19: Budget and Finance 2009-10
Folder 20: Budget and Finance 2010-11
Folder 21: Bylaws, June 5, 2002
Folder 22: Calendars and Schedules
Folder 23: Correspondence
Folder 24: Program Evaluations
Folder 25: Volunteers
Folder 26: WHRO Fundraiser / Membership Drive

Box 12

Sub-series B: Committees

Folder 1: Auction Committee
Folder 2: Gala Committee 2008
Folder 3: Gala Committee 2009
Folder 4: Emerald Anniversary Gala Committee 2010
Folder 5: Hospitality Committee
Folder 6: Virginia Opera Guild Committee Contact List 2008

Sub-series C: Membership

Folder 7: Applications to Become a Member1988-89
Folder 8: Applications to Become a Member 2000-05
Folder 9: Applications to Become a Member 2005-10
Folder 10: Applications to Become a Member 2010-
Folder 11: Applications to Become a Member [undated]
Folder 12: Board and Membership Lists 1981-82
Folder 13: Board and Membership Lists 1982-83
Folder 14: Board and Membership Lists 1989-90
Folder 15: Board and Membership Lists 1990-91
Folder 16: Board and Membership Lists 1991-92
Folder 17: Board and Membership Lists 1992-93
Folder 18: Board and Membership Lists 1993-94
Folder 19: Board and Membership Lists 1994-95
Folder 20: Board and Membership Lists 1995-96
Folder 21: Board and Membership Lists 1996-97
Folder 22: Board and Membership Lists 1997-98
Folder 23: Board and Membership Lists 1998-99
Folder 24: Board and Membership Lists 2001-02
Folder 25: Board and Membership Lists 2006-07
Folder 26: Board and Membership Lists 2007-08
Folder 27: Board and Membership Lists 2008-09
Folder 28: Board and Membership Lists 2009-10
Folder 29: Board and Membership Lists 2010-11
Folder 30: Board and Membership Lists, undated
Folder 31: Membership Directories 1995-00
Folder 32: Membership Directories 2000-05
Folder 33: Membership Directories 2005-10
Folder 34: Membership Directories 2010-
Folder 35: Membership Renewal Pamphletts 1992
Folder 36: Membership Renewals 2000-05
Folder 37: Recruitment Drive [n.d.]

Box 13

Sub-series D: Newsletters

Folder 1: Newsletters 1989
Folder 2: Newsletters 1990-94
Folder 3: Newsletters 1995-99
Folder 4: Newsletters 2000-04
Folder 5: Newsletters 2005-2009
Folder 6: Newsletters 2010-
Folder 7: Guild Newsletters [undated]

Sub-series E: Miscellaneous

Folder 8: Parking Pass 2003-04 Season

Box 14: Virginia Opera Guild Scrapbook, Part 1
Box 15: Virginia Opera Guild Scrapbook, Part 2

Box 16

Series VIII: Virginia Opera Docents

Sub-series A: Business

Folder 9: Agendas
Folder 10: Attendance Summary 1980-82
Folder 11: Docent Calendars and Schedules
Folder 12: Cards and Thank You Notes [n.d.]
Folder 13: Correspondence 1980s
Folder 14: Correspondence 1990s
Folder 15: Correspondence 2000s
Folder 16: Evaluations
Folder 17: Fine Arts Leadership Conference, October 20-22, 1982
Folder 18: Forms
Folder 19: Internal Reports 1995-96
Folder 20: Larchmont Library Programs
Folder 21: Mission
Folder 22: New and Prospective Docents
Folder 23: Notes
Folder 24: Policies and Procedures
Folder 25: Presentations and Programs
Folder 26: Reports
Folder 27: Tours
Folder 28: Trunk Shows 1990s
Folder 29: Volunteer Time Logs 1995-97

Sub-series B: Membership

Folder 30: Docent Lists 1980s
Folder 31: Docent Lists 1990s
Folder 32: Docent Lists 2000s
Folder 33: Docent Lists [n.d.]

Sub-series C: News Documents and Newsletters

Folder 34: News Articles on Docent Education Program
Folder 35: "OPED: A Publication of Virginia Opera Education for Teachers, Parents, and Patrons," Fall 1998
Folder 36: "Recitative" Docent Newsletters 1993
Folder 37: “Recitative” Docent Newsletters 1994
Folder 38: "Recitative" Docent Newsletters 1996
Folder 39: "Recitative" Docent Newsletters 1997
Folder 40: "Recitative" Docent Newsletters 1998
Folder 41: "Recitative" Docent Newsletters 1999

Box 17

Sub-series D: Guides

Folder 1: Guides 1970-1975
Folder 2: Guides 1975-1980
Folder 3: Guides 1980-1985
Folder 4: Guides 1985-1990
Folder 5: Guides 1990-1995 I
Folder 6: Guides 1990-1995 II

Box 18

Folder 1: Guides 1995-2000
Folder 2: Guides 2000-2005 I
Folder 3: Guides 2000-2005 II
Folder 4: Guides 2005-2010
Folder 5: Guides - Miscellaneous

Box 19

Sub-series E: Other Docent Educational Materials

Folder 1: Classroom Activities
Folder 2: Education and Outreach
Folder 3: Enriching Our Lives through Opera, Education and Audience Development 2005-06
Folder 4: Field Trip Materials
Folder 5: Historical Notes and Quotes
Folder 6: History of Opera
Folder 7: In-School Touring Program
Folder 8: Norfolk Public School Project
Folder 9: Notes on Docent Opera Tapes
Folder 10: Operation Opera
Folder 11: Repertoire and Performance History
Folder 12: The Scenic Designer
Folder 13: Virginia Opera Chronology
Folder 14: Virginia Opera Fact Sheets
Folder 15: Virginia Opera History
Folder 16: Virginia Opera Stage by Stage: The Artistic Journey of an American Opera Company

Series IX: Personalities

Folder 17: Fullinwider, Rowena
Folder 18: Hihalap, Hope
Folder 19: Stuhlreyer III, Paul A. “Gus”
Folder 20: Winslow, Julian Emmett

Series X: Related Organizations

Folder 21: Friends of Virginia Opera
Folder 22: Lyric Opera Virginia 2011

Series XI: Miscellaneous

Folder 23: Handwritten Notes
Folder 24: Miscellaneous
Folder 25: Recipe Cards

Box 20

Series XII: Photos

Folder 1: An Introduction to the Season 2001-2003
Folder 2: 2006-2007 Board at End of the Year Party, May 2006
Folder 3: Docent Party, May 4, 1991
Folder 4: Docent Workshop, June 15, 1994-August 3, 1994
Folder 5: Docents at Opera House Renovation, October 23, 1993
Folder 6: Eleanor Bader
Folder 7: Gala, November 26, 2008
Folder 8: Group Photo in Front of Opera House
Folder 9: Harrison Opera House
Folder 10: Inside the Opera House
Folder 11: Peter Mark
Folder 12: Refurbishing the “La Traviata Set”
Folder 13: Spring Party, May 22, 2008
Folder 14: Steven Baker
Folder 15: “The Girl of the Golden West”
Folder 16: Unidentified
Folder 17: Virginia Opera Association Staff at United Virginia Bank Vault, December 4, 1984
Folder 18: Virginia Opera Docents
Folder 19: Virginia Opera Guild
Folder 20: West Side Story Cast Party, November 12, 2000
Folder 21: West Side Story - Props

 Box 21

Series XIII: Multimedia

Sub-series A: Videotapes

1. Docent Training Workshop #2, History of Opera Part 1, Dr. Lee Teply, June 22, 1994
2. Docent Training Workshop #3, Operatic Voice, Phyllis Hunter, Lee Teply, June 29, 1994
3. Docent Training Workshop #4, J. Hollinger, Tape #1, July 6, 1994,
4. Docent Training Workshop #4, Polly Martin, Tape #2, July 6, 1994
5. George Glauder, July 13, 1994
6. What is Opera" 2nd hour, Roz Bieber, July 20, 1994

Box 22

Sub-series B: Cassette tapes

  1. Buffa tape
  2. Carol Rausch, April 29, 1994
  3. Cosi fan Tutte - Mozart, Michael Barclay Lecture
  4. Edie Harrison
  5. Edie Harrison, March 31, 04
  6. Handel- Julius Caesar Tape 1
  7. Handel- Julius Caesar Tape 2
  8. Handel- Rodelinda Tape 1
  9. Handel- Rodelinda Tape 2
  10. History of Virginia Opera Interview: Opera Guild, Edie Harrison, June 6, 2007
  11. Hoffmann
  12. Il Trovatore, Lecture Cassette I
  13. Il Trovatore, Lecture Cassette II
  14. Il Trovatore for 1997 Programs
  15. Julius Caesar
  16. J. Caesar I
  17. J. Caesar II
  18. L'Elisir D'Amore

Box 23

  1. Madame Butterfly Lecture, Garald Whisler, August 1997
  2. Marilyn Burbaum October 28, 2004
  3. Pavarotti - O Holy Night, Battle - A Christmas Celebration, December 17, 1994
  4. Rowena, October 18, 2004
  5. Scene shop, Bob Minick, October 10, 1995
  6. Steve Steiner, "The Operatic Voice," November 1995
  7. Stephen Lord, "Rites of Passage", The Operatic Voice, November 1995
  8. Talk with Stephen Lord, "The Operatic Voice," October 29, 1994
  9. The Tender Land & Aaron Copland, January 1998
  10. The Tender Land, 1997 Presentations
  11. Virginia Opera Guild Meeting, Tape 1, August 21, 2001
  12. Virginia Opera Guild Meeting, Tape 2, August 21, 2001
  13. Virginia Opera Guild Board Meeting, Tape 1, June 8, 2006
  14. Virginia Opera Guild Board Meeting, Tape 2, June 8, 2006
  15. Virginia Opera Gala Tribute, January 21, 2006

Sub-series C: Compact Disks

  1. Compliments of the Opera Guild, Holiday Luncheon, December 5, 2002
  2. Interview with Peter Mark, May 16, 2006
  3. Opera Gala Photos 2009
  4. Symphony / Opera Holiday Party 2007
  5. The Maestro's Gala: The Magic in the Music 2003
  6. Virginia Opera 2005-2006 Limited Edition
  7. Virginia Opera Guild Spring Party, May 22, 2008
  8. Photos from Elizabeth Hogue (2 CD’s)

Box 24 (oversize)

Sub-series D: Record Albums

  1. Mary, Queen of Scots, Thea Musgrave, American Premier Performance, Virginia Opera Association, April 2, 1978
Series XIV: Artifacts
  1. Harrison Opera House keychain
  2. Eleanor Bader Docent nametag
  3. Opera Club Reviews 4th Grade Poster
  4. Templates for Lighting Effects at the Harrison Opera House
  5. Virginia Opera Association "Opera is In" Bumper Sticker: one blue with white lettering, one white with blue lettering
  6. Virginia Opera Docent Musical Note
  7. Virginia Opera Pin: Virginia Opera Guild: Starry Starry Night Pin, November 11, 1989
  8. Virginia Opera Pin: V Opera is In
  9. Virginia Opera Pin: I'm a Snow White Star

 Oversize Newspaper Clippings

  1. “Stars in Their Eyes: A look at the cheery goings-on at the Virginia Opera Ball held in November at the Norfolk City Arena with the theme ‘A Starry Starry Night,” Portfolio Magazine, December 5, 1989
  2. “A Cinderella Fantasy,” Portfolio Magazine, December 18, 1990
  3. “Hail, Ceasar!: Virginia Opera goes for Baroque with dramatic production that boasts larger-than-life characters,” The Virginian-Pilot, January 27, 1997
  4. "Cruise the World of Opera" and "Who is Pocahontas: New Opera asks 400-year old question", Portfolio Weekly, May 29, 2007

Posters (in map case)

  • Posters 1978 to present

Revised 1/25/2012