Marcella Sembrich papers

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Marcella Sembrich was a Polish born coloratura soprano who sang leading roles in European and American opera during her highly successful career. From 1898 to 1909 she was a regular member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York. She continued performing as a concert singer after her retirement from the operatic stage. Sembrich also became an instructor of singing at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, becoming mentor to many pupils who later became famous in their own right. The correspondence, papers, posters, and programs in this collection represent the career and activities of Marcella Sembrich and her family from 1851 to 1988. The collection consists of an extensive amount of correspondence with the leading musical figures of the day; posters, concert advertisements and programs from Sembrich (and other) performances throughout her career; and memorabilia including an autograph album with signatures and drawings of famous musicians and others. Series IX "Photographs" also includes some 15-20 original graphic art works among its 2284 items. Subjects include Sembrich, places she lived, places she performed, and people with whom she performed. The sheet music and musical scores (Series X) are currently being processed.
Names
Sembrich, Marcella, 1858-1935 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1790 - 1988
Library locations
Music Division
Shelf locator: JPB 91-94
Topics
Lake Placid (N.Y.)
Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921
Hofmann, Josef, 1876-1957
Nice (France)
Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941
Juilliard School of Music
Sembrich, Marcella, 1858-1935
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Photographs
Documents
Notes
Biographical/historical: Marcella Sembrich was a Polish born coloratura soprano whosang leading roles in European and American opera during her highly successful career. From 1898 to 1909 she was aregular member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York. She continued performing as a concert singer after her retirement from the operatic stage. Sembrich also became an instructor of singing at the Curtis Institute ofMusic and the Juilliard School of Music, becoming mentor to many pupils who later became famous in their own right.
Content: The correspondence, papers, posters, and programs in this collection represent the career and activities of MarcellaSembrich and her family from 1851 to 1988. The collection consists of an extensive amount of correspondence with theleading musical figures of the day; posters, concert advertisements and programs from Sembrich (and other) performances throughout her career; and memorabilia including an autograph album with signatures and drawings of famous musicians and others. Series IX "Photographs" also includes some 15-20 original graphic art works among its 2284 items. Subjects include Sembrich, places she lived, places she performed, and people with whom she performed. The sheet music and musical scores (Series X) are currently being processed.
Content: The predominant language is English, with large amounts in German, Polish, and French. There is also material in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Much of the material in German and Polish is accompanied by an English translation.
Physical Description
Extent: 75 linear feet
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11652268
MSS Unit ID: 20137
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0f3ce3f0-0042-0130-9332-58d385a7bc34
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