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Collection of Ira Nowinski Photographs of Glyndebourne Festival Opera Season 1986/87

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Name of Creator Ira Nowinski
Language of Material English
Physical Description 1 box

Scope and Content

This collection contains 57 photographs of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera season 1986/87. Productions covered include La Traviata, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Porgy and Bess, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, L’Heure Espagnole and The Electrification of the Soviet Union as well as rehearsal photographs and portraits.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ira Nowinski (b. 1942) is an American photographer of Polish and Hungarian Jewish descent. He was born in New York City and raised in New Rochelle, New York. In 1973 he earned a Master of Fine Art’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Shortly after, in 1978 he became the official photographer of the San Francisco Opera. He also documented Jewish life in the San Francisco Bay Area in three photographic projects: In Fitting Memory: The Art and Politics of Holocaust Memorials; Karaite Jews in Egypt, Israel, and the San Francisco Bay Area; and Soviet Jews in San Francisco. From 2002 to 2003, he photographed the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands as well as the impact humans have had on the ecosystem. The Standford University Libraries Department of Special Collections exhibited some of his work of Holocaust memorials and sites in 2004.

The Glyndebourne Festival was established by John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay in 1934. Initially the theatre held 300 seats and the works performed were almost exclusively those of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The repertoire was eventually expanded to include works by Benjamin Britten, Giuseppe Verdi, and Gioachino Rossini among others. Popularity of the Festival lead to the expansion of the threatre, first in the 1970s and then again in 1994 when a new opera house was built to house 1,200 seats.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to the Oliver Messel Collection, the Sir Michael Redgrave Archive and the Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe Theatre Design Collection. Further material relating to Glyndebourne Festival Opera may also be found in biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

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Subjects

Opera - England - East Sussex

Personal Names

Nowinski, Ira

Corporate Names

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Cataloguing Info

Title Collection of Ira Nowinski Photographs of Glyndebourne Festival Opera Season 1986/87
Creation Created by intern using the Archives Hub EAD Editor 2014-04-03

Photograph of Capriccio by Richard Strauss, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/1
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph taken by Ira Nowinski of Hugues Cuenod in the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Capriccio.


Photographs of Carmen by Georges Bizet, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/2
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains photographs by Ira Nowinski of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Carmen. Items include portraits of Maria Ewing and Barry McCauley as well as rehearsal and performance photographs.


Photographs of Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/3
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains photographs by Ira Nowinski of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Cosi fan tutte. Items include a portrait of Frank Lopardo as well as rehearsal and performance photographs featuring Gabriele Fontan, Isobel Buchanan, Claudio Desderi and Dale Duesing.


Photographs of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/4
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains photographs by Ira Nowinski of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of La Traviata. Items include a portrait of Marie McLaughlin as well as rehearsal and performance photographs featuring Brent Ellis, Bernard Haitink, Peter Hall and Walter MacNeil.


Photographs of L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges by Maurice Ravel, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/5
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains a photograph by Ira Nowinski of Louise Winter, Lillian Watson and Fiona Kimm in the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges.


Photographs of The Electrification of the Soviet Union by Nigel Osborne. 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/6
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains photographs by Ira Nowinski of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of The Electrification of the Soviet Union. Items include portraits of Omar Ebrahim and Linda Hirst as well as rehearsal and performance photographs featuring Henry Herford, Elizabeth Laurence, Craig Raine, Petter Sellars, Nigel Osbourne and James F. Ingalls.


Photograph of L'heure espagnole by Maurice Ravel, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/7
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph by Ira Nowinski of Frank Corsaro and Anna Steiger in the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of L'heure espagnole.


Photographs of Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, 1987

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/8
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains photographs by Ira Nowinski of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Porgy and Bess. Items include portraits of Cynthia Haymon and Willard White as well as rehearsal and performance photographs featuring Damon Evans and Gress Baker.


Rehearsal Photographs for Unnamed Productions

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/9
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains rehearsal photographs by Ira Nowinski for unspecified productions of the 1986/87 Glyndebourne Festival Opera season. Subjects include Felicity Lott, Anne Howells, Graeme Jenkins and Bernard Haitink


Photographic Portraits

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/66/10
Dates of Creation 1986-1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Contains photographic portraits by Ira Nowinski of performers, directors and musical directors as well as Glyndebourne Festival Opera personnel. Subjects include Fiona Kimm, Graeme Jenkins, Francois Loup, Thierry Dran, Maurice Sendak, Simon Rattle, Martin Isepp, Bernard Haitink, Olaf Bar, Sir Peter Hall, Sir George Christie and Dale Duesling.

Personal Names

Hall, Peter. Sir, ( 1930-)
Sendak, Maurice. ( 1928-2012)
Rattle, Simon. Sir, ( 1955-)
Christie, George. Sir