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Opera is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theatre. Such a "work" (the literal translation of the Italian word "opera") is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.

Opera is a key part of the Western classical music tradition. Originally understood as an entirely sung piece, in contrast to a play with songs, opera has come to include numerous genres, including some that include spoken dialogue such as musical theatre, Singspiel and Opéra comique. In traditional number opera, singers employ two styles of singing: recitative, a speech-inflected style, and self-contained arias. The 19th century saw the rise of the continuous music drama.

Opera originated in Italy at the end of the 16th century (with Jacopo Peri's mostly lost Dafne, produced in Florence in 1598) especially from works by Claudio Monteverdi, notably L'Orfeo, and soon spread through the rest of Europe: Heinrich Schütz in Germany, Jean-Baptiste Lully in France, and Henry Purcell in England all helped to establish their national traditions in the 17th century. In the 18th century, Italian opera continued to dominate most of Europe (except France), attracting foreign composers such as George Frideric Handel. Opera seria was the most prestigious form of Italian opera, until Christoph Willibald Gluck reacted against its artificiality with his "reform" operas in the 1760s. The most renowned figure of late 18th-century opera is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who began with opera seria but is most famous for his Italian comic operas, especially The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, as well as Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), and The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), landmarks in the German tradition.

The first third of the 19th century saw the high point of the bel canto style, with Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini all creating signature works of that style. It also saw the advent of Grand Opera typified by the works of Daniel Auber and Giacomo Meyerbeer. The mid-to-late 19th century was a golden age of opera, led and dominated by Giuseppe Verdi in Italy and Richard Wagner in Germany. The popularity of opera continued through the verismo era in Italy and contemporary French opera through to Giacomo Puccini and Richard Strauss in the early 20th century. During the 19th century, parallel operatic traditions emerged in central and eastern Europe, particularly in Russia and Bohemia. The 20th century saw many experiments with modern styles, such as atonality and serialism (Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg), Neoclassicism (Igor Stravinsky), and Minimalism (Philip Glass and John Adams). With the rise of recording technology, singers such as Enrico Caruso and Maria Callas became known to much wider audiences that went beyond the circle of opera fans. Since the invention of radio and television, operas were also performed on (and written for) these media. Beginning in 2006, a number of major opera houses began to present live high-definition video transmissions of their performances in cinemas all over the world. Since 2009, complete performances can be downloaded and are live streamed.

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[Page in Opera, quae Quidem extant, omnia; with mathematical diagram keyed to Greek text]

[Page in Opera, quae Quidem extant, omnia; with mathematical diagram k...

Illus. and text in: Opera, quae quidem extant / Archimedes. Basileae : I. Heruagius, 1544. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1987, p. 256.

[Title page of Opera quae ad nos extant omnia, with Froben family device of caduceus clasped by two hands]

[Title page of Opera quae ad nos extant omnia, with Froben family devi...

Title page in: Opera quae ad nos extant omnia / Hippocrates. Basileae : [Per H. Forbenium et N. Episcopi]. 1546. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress... More

[Kitchen scene from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera]

[Kitchen scene from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera]

Illus. in: Opera di m. Bartolomeo Scappi. Con il discorso funerale che fu fatto nelle essequie di papa Paulo III. [Venetia : M. Tramezzino, 1574?]. Reference copy may be in LOT 4638. This record contains unveri... More

DCM 0232: Abelardo Albisi Albisiphon in C (See Notes.)

DCM 0232: Abelardo Albisi Albisiphon in C (See Notes.)

According to letter from Meriggioli to DCM dated 13 Nov. 1937, this "Baritone (Bass) Flute in C is the first buil[t] by Mr. Albisi...and was used in the score of his opera 'La Parisina.'" This instrument has a ... More

DCM 1345: Abelardo Albisi Flute in G ("usignuolo") (See Notes.)

DCM 1345: Abelardo Albisi Flute in G ("usignuolo") (See Notes.)

According to correspondence from Meriggioli to DCM dated 13 Nov. 1937, "This flute was expressly built by Mr. Albisi for his opera, 'La Parisina' (Milan, 15 Dec. 1913). Mascagni calls this instrument a 'flauto ... More

Veduta del Ponte e del mausoleo, ...

Veduta del Ponte e del mausoleo, ...

Illustration shows a view from the river of the Castel Sant'Angelo with the bridge, Ponte Sant'Angelo, on the right, Rome, Italy. Prominent features identified by letter with corresponding key printed below ima... More

A side box at the opera

A side box at the opera

"Mrs. Hobart sits stiffly in an opera-box in profile to the left..." (Source: George) This record contains unverified data from George. Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of... More

Hodge opera house

Hodge opera house

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Clay & Richmond.

Federico II re di Prussia. Libretto. Italian

Federico II re di Prussia. Libretto. Italian

del Sig. Felice Romani ; da rappresentarsi nell'I. e R. teatro Goldoni nella primavera dell'anno 1821 ; sotto la protezione di S.A.I. e R. Ferdinando III., gran-duca di Toscana ... (statement of responsibility)... More

Giovanni in London or Plucking chickens before they are full feathered. A la Vestris

Giovanni in London or Plucking chickens before they are full feathered...

Print shows opera singer, actress, and theater producer Madame Vestris, also known as Lucia Elizabeth Mathews or Lucia Elizabetta Bartolozzi, dressed in breeches, seated between two lascivious young men in a ca... More

Grand pot pouri brillant

Grand pot pouri brillant

cover only From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In bound volumes: Copyright D... More

Chev. Orazio de Attellis Chs. Fenderich 1843

Chev. Orazio de Attellis Chs. Fenderich 1843

Print shows Orazio de Attellis Santangelo, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, with arms folded over chest, holding sword in right hand, wearing military uniform. Title from item. Caption continues: Marq... More

[Rosalie Henriette Bediez Laborde, full-length portrait of a woman, three-quarters to right, standing, in costume with lace apron, holding bouquet]

[Rosalie Henriette Bediez Laborde, full-length portrait of a woman, th...

French opera singer. Identification from woodcut in Ballou's Pictorial, June 25, 1859, page 401. Alternative identifications: Madame Sabonde (cat. 5); Villaume. Scratched on face of plate: 213; Mad. Laborde. Sc... More

[Teresa Truffi, full-length portrait of a woman, slightly to the left, eyes right, standing, in theatrical costume, holding small bottle]

[Teresa Truffi, full-length portrait of a woman, slightly to the left,...

Opera singer, actress. Scratched on face of plate: 217; Truffi. Scratched on back of plate: 186. Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920. (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congre... More

Selections from Leonora, part IV

Selections from Leonora, part IV

cover only From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In bound volumes: Copyright D... More

Ah! With rapture my heart is beating [from] Linda di Chamounix

Ah! With rapture my heart is beating [from] Linda di Chamounix

cover page only From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In bound volumes: Copyri... More

Idol mio = Oh return love, aria

Idol mio = Oh return love, aria

English translation by W.J. Wetmore From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form) In b... More

Bonner's map of the State of Georgia with the addition of its geological features

Bonner's map of the State of Georgia with the addition of its geologic...

Scale ca. 1:1,150,000. Cover title: Georgia. Hand colored. "Longitude from Washington." "The geological representations entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1849 by W. Thorne Williams ... " Bookplat... More

Ned Buntline's own. Extra. Ned never before has had occasion to get out an extra, but he deems it necessary to say that he was not participating in the riot at the Astor Place Opera House on the night of the 10th ... Edward Z. C. Judson, the "Ne

Ned Buntline's own. Extra. Ned never before has had occasion to get ou...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 120, Folder 23.

Due precettori. Libretto. Italian

Due precettori. Libretto. Italian

di L.C. ; posto in musica da Francesco D'Arcais ; da rappresentarsi al teatro Rossini nel carnevale 1858. (statement of responsibility) U.S. RISM Libretto Project. Two acts; legal notice--p. 2; "Avvertimento"--... More

Jenny Lind in the opera of La Somnambula

Jenny Lind in the opera of La Somnambula

Portrait of Jenny Lind, in full costume, on stage with other actors. Title from item. On lower right: Lith of Sarony New York. Below image: Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1850 by William Hall ... More

Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane." Tune "Will you come to the bower"

Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane....

Winfield Scott's controversial performance as commander in the War of 1812 battle at Lundy's Lane turned to account by the artist in this parody of the general's candidacy in 1852. The battle of Lundy's Lane ag... More

Plan of castle garden: as arranged for the Italian opera season 1853

Plan of castle garden: as arranged for the Italian opera season 1853

Artist: F.B. Helmsmuller. Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 5194

Sunini

Sunini

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Italian Opera Singer. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary... More

Sunini

Sunini

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Italian Opera Singer. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary... More

Gems of the minstrelsy, Perham's opera vocalists

Gems of the minstrelsy, Perham's opera vocalists

LOT subdivision subject: Negro Minstrels. Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. Copyright by J.S. Paine. Lithograph by J.G. Chandler, Lith., Boston.

Le nouvel Opera / Photographie H.J. à Paris.

Le nouvel Opera / Photographie H.J. à Paris.

Stereograph shows view of the Paris Opera. Title from item. On mount: Vue instantée (Déposé). No. 195.

Mr. W. H. Crisp, Lessee and manager of Crisp's gaiety, New Orleans; Savannah and Augusta, Georgia; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Montgomery and Huntsville, Alabama; and manager of the Parodi grand Italian opera company. Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Cris

Mr. W. H. Crisp, Lessee and manager of Crisp's gaiety, New Orleans; Sa...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 175, Folder 17.

Jauner-Krall

Jauner-Krall

Photograph shows Austrian opera singer Emilie Jauner-Krall, in costume, seated, three-quarter length portrait, facing right. Title from item. No. 1439. Stamped on verso: Gift, Virginia S. Benjamin, Feb. 12, 194... More

Munich. Opera house

Munich. Opera house

In album: Prague, Innsbruck, Munich, Nuremberg, Dresden, Berlin, Hombourg, Edinburgh, p. 162. No. 305.

Miss Louisa Kellogg. - Singer

Miss Louisa Kellogg. - Singer

Photograph shows portrait of opera singer Clara Louise Kellogg, who first sang in New York City in 1861. No. 2087. Title from item. Photograph taken at approximately the same time as three other portraits in th... More

On the road to Saratoga Lake, July 4, 1865 ; Saratoga Lake, July 4, 1865 ; Grand ball at the opening of Leland's Opera House, Saratoga, July 4, 1865 / sketched by Davis.

On the road to Saratoga Lake, July 4, 1865 ; Saratoga Lake, July 4, 18...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1865 July 29, p. 469.

Nielsen

Nielsen

Photograph shows Swedish opera singer Christine Nilsson, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right. Title from item. No. 1111. Stamped on verso: Gift, Virginia S. Benjamin, Feb. 12, 1946. Reference co... More

To the Honorable the Senate and House of representatives of the United States in Congress assembled: The undersigned a Committee appointed at a meeting of the citizens of Iowa, held at the Burtis Opera House in this city on the evening of the 11

To the Honorable the Senate and House of representatives of the United...

Bridges. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 19, Folder 43.

Mallinger

Mallinger

Photograph shows Mathilda Mallinger, Austrian opera singer, in costume, three-quarter length portrait, facing front. Title from item. No. 1106. Stamped on verso: Gift, Virginia S. Benjamin, Feb. 12, 1946. Refer... More

Bell Gallop

Bell Gallop

Friendly caricature of symphony orchestra illustrated music cover; rehearsal scene with much drinking in evidence; accurate portrait heads of individuals. LOT subdivision subject: Music and Musical Instruments.... More

Lucca

Lucca

Photograph shows opera singer Pauline Lucca, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left. Title from item. Title devised by Library staff. No. 1100. Stamped on verso: Gift, Virginia S. Benjamin, Feb. 12, 1946. Ref... More

[Jean-Baptiste Faure, French opera singer, head-and-shoulders portrait, in costume as Hamlet, facing left] / Ch. Reutlinger, Phot.

[Jean-Baptiste Faure, French opera singer, head-and-shoulders portrait...

Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in BIOG FILE.

Peschka-Leutner

Peschka-Leutner

Photograph shows Minna Peschka-Leutner, opera singer, head-and-shouders portrait, facing left. Title from item. No. 1390. Stamped on verso: Gift, Virginia S. Benjamin, Feb. 12, 1946. Reference copy in BIOG FILE.

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, full-length portrait, facing right, walking with a woman, others behind them]

[Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921, full-length portrait, facing right, walking...

Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Shelf.

New York City - The Orange Riot of July 12th - view on Eighth Avenue looking from Twenty-Fifth Street [...]ard the Grand Opera House - dispersal of the mob by the Ninth, Eighty-Fourth and other regiments

New York City - The Orange Riot of July 12th - view on Eighth Avenue l...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1871 July 29, pp. 328-329.

Darkness was o'er the land

Darkness was o'er the land

From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1870-1885 (Microfilm M 3500) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form)

Graphic Statue No. 58 - The Genius of Opera Bouffe / Th. Nast.

Graphic Statue No. 58 - The Genius of Opera Bouffe / Th. Nast.

Caricature of Jacques Offenbach conducting; captioned with complimentary poem.

Birch, Wambold & Backus, San Francisco Minstrels from their Opera House, Broadway & 29th Street, New York

Birch, Wambold & Backus, San Francisco Minstrels from their Opera Hous...

I5195 U.S. Copyright Office "Copyrighted by H.A. Thomas." Created by "H.A. Thomas Lith. Studio, 865 Broadway, N.Y." San Francisco Minstrels consist of Billy Birch, Dave Wambold, and Charles Backus. Forms part o... More

Saville English Opera Company

Saville English Opera Company

K14810(?) U.S. Copyright Office B&w version of poster: POS - TH OPT - .S67, no. 1 (C size). Created by "H.A. Thomas Lith. Studio, 865 Broadway, N.Y.; copyright 1879 by H.A. Thomas." Poster advertising operettas... More

Saville English Opera Company

Saville English Opera Company

K14810(?) U.S. Copyright Office Color version of poster: POS - TH OPT - .S67, no. 1a (C size). Created by "H.A. Thomas Lith. Studio, 865 Broadway, N.Y.; copyright 1879 by H.A. Thomas." Poster advertising operet... More

A Missionary hymn

A Missionary hymn

From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1870-1885 (Microfilm M 3500) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (additional physical form)

Dottie and Lottie. I've lost my job, Dottie, it was like this : I was showing a velvet opera cloak ...

Dottie and Lottie. I've lost my job, Dottie, it was like this : I was ...

Preparatory sketches for "Dottie and Lottie." Gift; Mrs. Peter Grant; 1940; (DLC/PP-1940:008). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

Le Sortie de l'opéra en l'an 2000 / A. Robida.

Le Sortie de l'opéra en l'an 2000 / A. Robida.

Print shows a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the Opera. Many types of aircraft are depicted including buses and limousenes, police patrol the skies, and women are seen driving their ow... More

Booth's Theatre, two weeks, commencing Monday, Feb. 6, every ev'ng and Saturday matinee with the ideal opera company

Booth's Theatre, two weeks, commencing Monday, Feb. 6, every ev'ng and...

Caption: N.W. Whitney. Created by "Armstrong & Co., Boston & N.Y." Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

Imperial Opera house, Ringe-Strasse, Vienna

Imperial Opera house, Ringe-Strasse, Vienna

Exterior view of Austria's Ringe-Strasse opera house with busy street scene in foreground.

Facts for the workingmen! As told by Hon. James G. Blaine, at his reception by the Young men's Republican club at the Brooklyn Grand opera house, October 30th, 1884 ... Issued by Young men's Republican club of Kings Co, Campaign 1884. [New York?

Facts for the workingmen! As told by Hon. James G. Blaine, at his rece...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 129, Folder 20j.

Map showing the location of Staunton, Va. : showing the railways leading to the Staunton Opera House /

Map showing the location of Staunton, Va. : showing the railways leadi...

Pen-and-ink, mounted on cloth. "Crosscup & West Eng. Co., Phila." In pencil in lower left corner: K10729. Includes concentric circles of 100 and 200 mile intervals. LC Civil War maps (2nd ed.), H332 Available a... More

[Paris, France - street scene in front of Opera House; horse-drawn carriages and omnibus; pedestrians]

[Paris, France - street scene in front of Opera House; horse-drawn car...

This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Opera houses France; Carriages & coaches; Buses; France Paris; Shelf. Unident. photog.

The Interior of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, with an Audience of over 3,500 People, on the Occasion of Max Alvary's 100th Appearance in Wagner's "Siegfried"

The Interior of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, with an Audien...

View from stage toward audience, showing prompter in box at front of stage. Flash-light photo by Ernest Marx. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card, with subsequent revisions. Caption card... More

[Interior of the café in the opera house, Tʻbilisi, Georgia (Republic)]
Glycerine tooth paste -- Gellé Frères perfumers 6, Avenue de l'Opéra, 6, Paris / J. Chéret.

Glycerine tooth paste -- Gellé Frères perfumers 6, Avenue de l'Opéra, ...

Poster showing a woman holding a toothbrush and a container of toothpaste. Title from item. Caption continues: Always used once used - Process of Eug. Devers chemist laureate - Gold medal Paris 1878. Signed on ... More

[Avenue de la opera (i.e. Rue de Rivoli) and the garden of the Tuileries, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris, France]

[Avenue de la opera (i.e. Rue de Rivoli) and the garden of the Tuileri...

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. Print no. "17314". Forms part of: Views of architecture, monuments, and other sites in Fran... More

[Opera Place, Berlin, Germany]

[Opera Place, Berlin, Germany]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905.. Print no. "6798". Forms part of: Views of Germany in the Photochrom print collection.

[Opera House, Frankfort on Main (i.e. Frankfurt am Main), Germany]

[Opera House, Frankfort on Main (i.e. Frankfurt am Main), Germany]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905.. Print no. "9644". Forms part of: Views of Germany in the Photochrom print collection.

[Opera house, Wiesbaden, Hesse-Nassau, Germany]

[Opera house, Wiesbaden, Hesse-Nassau, Germany]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905. Title on piece: Wiesbaden. Das Königl. Schauspeilhaus. Print no. "6081". Forms part of: V... More

[Opera House staircase, Paris, France]

[Opera House staircase, Paris, France]

Title from identifying information provided by the Flickr Commons project, 2009. (Print not listed in the Detroit Publishing Company, Catalogue J, 1905.) Additional information about this print might be availab... More

[The Opera House, the foyer, Paris, France]

[The Opera House, the foyer, Paris, France]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. Print no. "6948". Forms part of: Views of architecture, monuments, and other sites in Franc... More

[The Opera House, interior, Vienna, Austro-Hungary]

[The Opera House, interior, Vienna, Austro-Hungary]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. Print no. "16664". Forms part of: Views of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the Photochrom pr... More

Firenze - la loggia di Mercato Nuovo (Opera di Giov. Attt. del Tasso, 1549-51) / Ed.  Alinari.

Firenze - la loggia di Mercato Nuovo (Opera di Giov. Attt. del Tasso, ...

Title from item. No. 2459. Written on back: Florence, Italy. Loggia of the New Market, work of G. B. del Tasso (1549-51).

[The Opera House, the grand staircase, Paris, France]

[The Opera House, the grand staircase, Paris, France]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. Print no. "8019". Forms part of: Views of architecture, monuments, and other sites in Franc... More

[The Opera House, Vienna, Austro-Hungary]

[The Opera House, Vienna, Austro-Hungary]

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. Print no. "6440". Forms part of: Views of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the Photochrom pri... More

D'Oyly Carte's Opera Co. in Utopia, limited Gilbert & Sullivan's new opera.

D'Oyly Carte's Opera Co. in Utopia, limited Gilbert & Sullivan's new o...

Created and "copyright 1894 by The Strobridge Lith Co, Cincinnati & New York." No. 5762. Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

Anton Seidl

Anton Seidl

Half lgth., facing right. Photoprint copyrighted by Amie Dupont, N.Y. No. 2. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Metropolitan Opera House Reunion of the Pioneers and Friends of Woman's Progress on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Eightieth Birthday

Metropolitan Opera House Reunion of the Pioneers and Friends of Woman'...

Speakers highlight women's progress in religion, education, philanthropy, art, medicine, suffrage

Francis Wilson under the management of A.H. Canby in the comic opera, Half a king

Francis Wilson under the management of A.H. Canby in the comic opera, ...

Created and "copyright 1896 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cinti & N.Y." Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

Grand Opera, the largest theatre in the world, cost six million dollars, Paris, France / photographed and published by B.W. Kilburn.

Grand Opera, the largest theatre in the world, cost six million dollar...

Pedestrians, carriages, and double decker bus in street in front of opera house. No. 10935.

Francis Wilson under the management of A.H. Canby in the comic opera, Half a king

Francis Wilson under the management of A.H. Canby in the comic opera, ...

Created and "copyright 1896 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cinti & N.Y." Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

Grand Opera House, Paris / Alfred S. Campbell.

Grand Opera House, Paris / Alfred S. Campbell.

Pedestrians and carriages in front of opera house. No. 1606.

Fred J. Piper, baritone

Fred J. Piper, baritone

Illustration shows portrait of African American singer, Fred J. Piper, a member of John W. Isham's company, "Octoroons." Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 85, no. 2183 (1897 July 15), p. 52. T... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

45218 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: Excuse us for dropping in. Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cincinnati & New York." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. N.Y. no. 8164. Forms part of: Theatri... More

23d reg'tl. band of the U.S. Kansas Vol. Inf't. 1898 Commanded by Lt. Adj. S.T. Jones and directed by Prof. G.W. Jackson, Lt. Col. Jas. Beck reg'tl. commander

23d reg'tl. band of the U.S. Kansas Vol. Inf't. 1898 Commanded by Lt. ...

Photograph shows montage of portraits of African American musicians in the 23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry who served in the Spanish-American War; musicians identified as E.E. Davis, Sergt., E♭ trumpet, Kansas C... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

48805 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: Excuse me miss, you dropped something!; I don't like .... Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cin'ti & New York." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. Lower righ... More

The little corporal new comic opera by Harry B. Smith and Ludwig Englander.

The little corporal new comic opera by Harry B. Smith and Ludwig Engla...

Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith, Cin'ti & New York." Francis Wilson and Company; Ariel Barney, manager. Signed: By an Old Master, Th. Nast. 1898. Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

45217 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: The hostler's serenade. Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cincinnati & New York." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. N.Y. no. 8163. Forms part of: Theatrical... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

45227 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: The joyful Japanese jag. Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cincinnati & New York." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. N.Y. no. 8159. Forms part of: Theatrica... More

The little Corporal new comic opera by Harry B. Smith and Ludwig Englander.

The little Corporal new comic opera by Harry B. Smith and Ludwig Engla...

Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith, Cin'ti & New York." Francis Wilson and Company; Ariel Barney, manager. N.Y. no. 8257. Signed: To Francis Wilson from E.W. Kemble. Forms part of: Theatrical po... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

45216 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: Playing "to beat the band!" Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cincinnati & New York." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. N.Y. no. 8165. Forms part of: Theatr... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

48804 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: Put down that bier! Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cincinnati & New York." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. N.Y. no. 8160. Forms part of: Theatrical pos... More

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

Mathews & Bulger presenting rag time opera, By the sad sea waves

48806 U.S. Copyright Office Caption: A mesage from the Mikado. Created and "copyright 1898 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cin'ti & N.Y." Direction of Dunne & Ryley. N.Y. no. 8162. Forms part of: Theatrical poster... More

Fords opera house in which Abraham Lincoln was shot

Fords opera house in which Abraham Lincoln was shot

Photograph showing horses and buggies in front of Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. Title from item.