Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet

  • Paul Colin (1892–1985). Scenic drop for Ballets Suédois production of Sculpture Nègre. Pastel drawing. Opened at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1920. Paul Stiga Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (007.00.00)
  • Nikolai Roerich (1874–1947). Design for Petrushka, ca. 1925. Adolph Bolm Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (003.00.00)
  • Marcel Vertès (1895–1961). Costume design for Brahms Variations. Performed by the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, 1944. Pen and ink drawing. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (004.00.00)
  • Boris Aronson (1900–1980). Costume design for The Snow Maiden. Performed by the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 1942. Gouache and watercolor drawing. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (008.00.00)
  • Robert Edmond Jones (1889–1954). Costume designs for The Birthday of the Infanta. Premiered at the Chicago Opera House, December 23, 1919. Watercolor and ink drawing. John Alden Carpenter Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (009.00.00)
  • Robert Edmond Jones (1889–1954). Final set design, part one of two scenes for The Birthday of the Infanta. Premiered at the Chicago Opera House, December 23, 1919. Watercolor and ink drawing. John Alden Carpenter Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (011.00.00)
  • Robert Edmond Jones (1889–1954). Set design, part one of two scenes for The Birthday of the Infanta. Premiered at the Chicago Opera House, December 23, 1919. Watercolor and ink drawing. John Alden Carpenter Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (010.00.00)
  • Tony Walton (b. 1934). Sleeping Beauty curtain design [stage right]. Performed by the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 2007. Tony Walton Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (017.00.00) Reproduced by permission of Tony Walton
  • Tony Walton (b. 1934). Sleeping Beauty curtain design [stage left]. Performed by the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 2007. Tony Walton Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (017.00.01) Reproduced by permission of Tony Walton
  • Peggy Clark (1915–1996) and Elizabeth Montgomery (1902–1993). Design for the Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre, 1953 tour. Watercolor. Peggy Clark Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (047.00.00)

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American Variety and Musical Stage

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The Legacy of Variety Theater

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Transporting the Audience

  • Frederick Loewe (1901–1988) and Alan Jay Lerner (1918–1986). “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, 1956. Manuscript piano score. Frederick Lowe Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (039.00.00)
  • Oliver Smith (1918–1994). Set design of Covent Garden for My Fair Lady. Opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York, March 15, 1956. Watercolor and pen and ink drawing. Oliver Smith Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (041.00.00) Works of Oliver Smith © Rosaria Sinisi
  • Oliver Smith (1918–1994). Set design, Henry Higgins’ study for My Fair Lady. Revival. Opened at the St. James Theatre, New York, March 25, 1976. Watercolor and pen and ink drawing. Oliver Smith Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (040.00.00) Works of Oliver Smith © Rosaria Sinisi
  • Tony Walton (b. 1934). Grand Hotel set model [scale = ¼ in. to 1 ft.]. Opened at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, November 12, 1989. Tony Walton Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (045.00.00) Reproduced by permission of Tony Walton
  • Tony Walton (b. 1934). Grand Hotel grand drape. Photographic reproduction. Opened at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York, November 12, 1989. Tony Walton Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (037.01.00) Reproduced by permission of Tony Walton

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