Fonds MS-5-4 - Nova Scotia Opera Association fonds

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Nova Scotia Opera Association fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1950-1969 (Creation)

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2.05 cm of textual records 18 folders

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Administrative history

The Nova Scotia Opera Association was founded in 1950 by Mariss Vetra and Alfred Strombergs, who both originally hailed from Latvia. Strombergs served as the Association’s artistic director until 1953, when he was succeeded by Teodor Brilts in 1954, who was succeeded by Thomas Mayer in 1955. The Halifax Symphonette was formed at the same time to accompany the Association’s performances, and later became the basis for the Halifax Symphony Orchestra. The Association’s performances were staged in the Capitol Theatre on Barrington Street, and at the Queen Elizabeth Auditorium on Robie Street. Several operas were also performed in different places around Nova Scotia. Productions ceased in 1956 due to financial difficulties and waning interest, however, the Association did sponsor appearances by other production companies for several years thereafter.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to Dalhousie University in 1974. Prior to that, it was in the custody of Maurice E. Keating.

Scope and content

The fonds contains copies of programs for operas performed or hosted by the Nova Scotia Opera Association, as well as draft copies of those programs. It also contains business correspondence, annual reports and its notice of incorporation.

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Physical condition

Some items in File SF-13.1 are beginning to fall apart.

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Arrangement was imposed by archivist.

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  • English

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Fonds are in English except for the titles of some of the operas.

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There are no restrictions of access or use on this fonds.

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Associated materials

For material on organizations similar to the Nova Scotia Opera Association, please refer to the Atlantic Opera Society fonds, (MS-5-6), the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra fonds (MS-5-11), and the Symphony Nova Scotia fonds (MS-5-14).

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Nova Scotia Opera Association fonds, MS-5-4, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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