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Identifier: P0399

Title: Municipal Opera Collection: Production Stills

Description: The Municipal Opera Collection contains images of productions performed at the St. Louis Municipal Opera (MUNY) taken by photographer Ruth Cunliff Russell, the photographer for the Muny, between 1936 and 1957. The photographs document rehearsals and performances of each production staged by the Municipal Opera during this period. The photographs are arranged by year and by production title within the year. The collection also contains photographs of Muny-sponsored social events arranged by event name as well as portraits of actors, actresses, and other cast and chorus members arranged alphabetically by last name or by accession number. The negatives are stored separately in an order corresponding to that of the prints. See also the Municipal Opera of St. Louis Collection (collection 698 in this guide). Social events pictured include: Chicken Party; "Clara's Party"; Goldenrod Showboat events; on the "Admiral"; Padfield Shower; party at Dudley Tavern; picnics; Schwarsdorf wedding; watermelon parties; children's Kiddie Dress-up Party. Portraits include: Helen Raymond; Edward Roecher; Ruth C. Russell; Ruth Urban; Valya Valentinoff, N. Orleans; Mary Wickes. Other subjects include: orchestra; opening night; rehearsals; Secretary of the Treasury - Secretaries Snyder and Holderness; Leopold Stowkowski; tryouts for singers and dancers; auditions; women's costume room; wardrobe; World War II and the Muny Opera; welfare tickets in 1940; women's dressing room; building of scenery; bathing suit pin-ups; costume designer Ernest Schraps; crowds; audiences; dedication of renovated Muny; Muny Opera directors; people in the free seats; midnight to dawn rehearsals; Muny ticket office; Muny Opera renovation in 1939; new seats added to theater in 1948; (more).

Rights: UND


Dates: 1936 - 1957

Type(s): Collection

Maker/Creator: Ruth Cunliff Russell (St. Louis)



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