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May 14, 2009

Peabody Institute library successful on bid for Baltimorer Opera's archival tapes

Robert Follet, librarian at the Peabody Institute, was successful in his bid for the video and DVD recordings of Baltimore Opera Company productions at Thursday's chattels auction. His $1,000 bid (made possible by a private donor) also yielded the stage manager's music scores of the taped operas. This assures that the archival footage of the opera company's past will be properly and professionally preserved.
Posted by Tim Smith at 3:38 PM | | Comments (2)
        

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My deepest thanks to that anonymouse donor. Good to know that all that stuff will have a good home.

I am so happy to read this news. I was anxious about this particular archived set, and again can't say how happy I am to learn that Robert has them!

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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