Trip to the Gotlieb Archives at BU reveals many treasures from Sarah Caldwell’s collection, and there are tapes of the film! The one containing the majority of the opera (Scenes I – IX, so including the scene with the infamous tape) was damaged. It is with their restoration people – fingers crossed they can save this precious archive.
Also at BU – Wonderful pictures of the original production, costumes. Scores, a libretto with Sarah Caldwell’s notes, scads of articles, reviews. Fortunately she seems to have kept everything. But no tape – more evidence it was never made?
And I have seen the film of the final scenes. The Magic Fish costume is quite spectacular – Donald Gramm completely engulfed in fins – no sign of him at all. And the best part is that the mouth moves when he sings. A note in the libretto next to his first entrance is ‘mouth moves?’ Great idea! Love the fish lips :).
Post by Linda Osborn, Artistic Administrator for Odyssey Opera.
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