Some years ago we bought a trunk at an auction house, and in the bottom were newspapers and these two Grand Opera programs. The trunk had come from the home of a wealthy woman from south Georgia. I am combining the two programs together as this was probably a big event in Atlanta at that time.
Each program has a cover page that says "Grand Opera in Atlanta by the Metropolitan Opera Company, from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City" - "Under the Direction of Giulio Gatti-Casazza, General Manager". It gives the names of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Opera Company, and the names of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Music Festival Association.
One program is dated Wednesday, April 23, and the other is Saturday, April 26. I did some checking and found the year was 1919. The Metropolitan Grand Opera did a countrywide tour that year with Enrico Caruso and Rosa Ponselle, among others, and they did perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
The April 26th program lists a double bill, with "Pagliacci" performed by Caruso. Of all the names for the typesetter to misspell, the name of Caruso is not correct. I can only imagine the distress this must have caused among the opera patrons!
The double bill also had "Cavalleria Rusticana" featuring Rosa Ponselle and others.
The April 23rd performance was "Aida" with Louis D'Angelo and Claudia Muzio, among others. There was also a solo dance by Florence Rudolph.
The two programs have been folded, perhaps to put in a coat pocket or purse, and the programs are not in perfect condition. However, the printing is still very readable and so interesting. On the back of one program, there are math computations in pencil, perhaps the cost of the trip and opera tickets to Atlanta from south Georgia. In 1919, a trip to Atlanta from rural south Georgia was a major event.
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