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Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings

Title
Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983.
Author
Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984.
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Description
  • 698 sound recordings.; 4 3/4 in.
  • 7 video recordings (DVD) : sd., col. ;
Subject
Note
  • Collection also includes video footage of Peerce's 1980 trip to Israel, which was shot by his son, Larry Peerce, for a documentary that was never produced. (See individual catalog records for full descriptions of these video recordings)
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Users never directly handle sound recordings. Listening selections are transmitted through a playback system. Original items which have not been transferred may require advance notification for use.
  • Access to original items restricted.
Source (note)
  • Music Division
Biography (note)
  • Jan Peerce was a noted American tenor.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in *L(Special) 95-03 and on Internet.
Provenance (note)
  • Gift of the Jan Peerce Estate.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*L (Special) 95-03
Author
Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984.
Title
Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983.
Summary
The collection contains non-commercial recordings of live and recorded performances and interviews of Jan Peerce spanning the years 1938-1983. The collection also features performers such as: singers Zinka Milanov, Roberta Peters, Leonard Warren, Cesare Siepi, Robert Merrill, Lawrence Tibbett, Virginia Raye and Viola Philo ; conductors Arturo Toscanini, Fausto Cleva, Harry Horlick and David Rubinoff ; and interviewers Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas. Radio and television (audio only) programs included are: The A & P Gypsies, Radio City Music Hall On the Air, Carnegie Hall, The Chevrolet Hour, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Tonight Show. Works featured are selections from operas such as "La boheme," "I pagliacci," "Don Giovanni," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "La traviata," "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "Rigoletto" ; musicals such as "Fiddler on the Roof" ; and songs by Handel and Schubert, among others.
Access
Collection is open to the public. Users never directly handle sound recordings. Listening selections are transmitted through a playback system. Original items which have not been transferred may require advance notification for use.
Access to original items restricted.
Biography
Jan Peerce was a noted American tenor. He was born in New York on Jun. 3, 1904, and died on Dec. 15, 1984. He was engaged as a singer at Radio City Music Hall in 1932, and made his operatic debut in Philadelphia as the Duke in "Rigoletto" on May 14, 1938. His Metropolitan Opera debut was on Nov. 29, 1941, as Alfredo in "La traviata." In addition to opera, he also sang musical theater, most notably in "Fiddler on the Roof," and Jewish religious and secular music. His final appearance at the Met was in 1968, and he retired in 1982.
Indexes
Finding aid available in *L(Special) 95-03 and on Internet.
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Peters, Roberta, 1930-2017. Performer
Milanov, Zinka. Performer
Warren, Leonard, 1911-1960. Performer
Siepi, Cesare. Performer
Merrill, Robert, 1917-2004 Performer
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957. Conductor
Tibbett, Lawrence, 1896-1960. Performer
Horlick, Harry. Conductor
Cleva, Fausto. Conductor
Raye, Virginia. Performer
Rubinoff, David, 1897- Conductor
Philo, Viola. Performer
Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. Performer
Douglas, Mike. Commentator
Carson, Johnny, 1925-2005. Commentator
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Bohème. Selections.
Leoncavallo, Ruggiero, 1858-1919. Pagliacci. Vesti la giubba.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Don Giovanni. Selections.
Bock, Jerry. Fiddler on the roof. Selections.
Mascagni, Pietro, 1863-1945. Cavalleria rusticana. Selections.
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Traviata. Selections.
Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848. Lucia di Lammermoor. Selections.
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Rigoletto. Selections.
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Vocal music. Selections.
Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. Songs. Selections.
Research Call Number
*L (Special) 95-03
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