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Marjorie Lawrence papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Programs

Publicity

Manuscripts

Awards and Certificates

SIU Material

Financial Matters

Music Scores

Audiotapes

Printed Matter

Newsclippings

Bound Music Scores

Free Standing Volumes

Packages

Other materials


Marjorie Lawrence papers, 1926-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Marjorie Lawrence papers, 1926-1977Add to your cart.

ID: 1/3/MSS 127

Primary Creator: Lawrence, Marjorie

Extent: 98.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in eight series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Correspondence: Diaries, (3) Manuscripts, (4) Awards and certificates, (5) SIU material, (6) Financial matters, (7) Bound Music Scores, (8) Free standing volumes.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: Lawrence, Marjorie., Opera, Sheet music, Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop.

Forms of Material: Audiocassettes, Correspondence., Diaries., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Scrapbooks, Songs and music.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lawrence Papers consists largely of correspondence, programs, and memorabilia documenting the impressive singing career of Marjorie Lawrence, as well as production material from the Opera Theatre documenting her influential teaching career. Also of note in the collection are manuscript versions of Interrupted Melody, numerous music scores, and taped performances of Lawrence as well as the Opera Theatre and her Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop. There is a separate extensive photograph collection of images documenting Marjorie Lawrence and her stage career.  Although the inclusive dates of the collection are 1926 to 1977, the early records are scanty because some materials were lost in Paris during World War II.

Biographical Note

Marjorie Lawrence (February 17, 1907 - January 13, 1979) was an Australian soprano, particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Lawrence was born at Deans Marsh, south of Winchelsea, Victoria. She won a number of vocal competitions when aged in her teens. In 1932 she made her operatic debut in Monte Carlo as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser. On 25 February 1933, she made her first appearance at the Opera Garnier in Paris, playing Ortrud in Lohengrin.

Lawrence's physicality and beauty made her popular with audiences and she danced the Dance of the Seven Veils in Richard Strauss's Salome more convincingly than most other sopranos.

On 29 March 1941, at New York City's City Hall, she married Dr. Thomas King, an osteopath and Christian Scientist.

In 1941, in Mexico, Lawrence discovered that she had polio, and was left in a wheelchair as a result. During World War II, she performed in charity concerts in Australia, seated in a chair. A performance as Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in Paris in 1946 was well received, but Lawrence retreated from the stage, and instead began to work as a teacher. She retired to her ranch, Harmony Hills, in Hot Springs Arkansas where she taught international students until her death in 1979.

Although best known for her Wagnerian interpretations, Lawrence played in a range of other works, including Salome and Georges Bizet's Carmen. She made a number of excellent recordings, mainly of works by Wagner.

In 1949, Lawrence wrote her autobiography Interrupted Melody. In 1955, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a film based on her book, Interrupted Melody, starring Eleanor Parker as Lawrence; Parker mimed the voice of Eileen Farrell.

Subject/Index Terms

Lawrence, Marjorie.
Opera
Sheet music
Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Physical Access Note: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use digital copies of sound recordings.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Related Materials: Photographs are located in PH 01 Marjorie Lawrence photograph collection

Preferred Citation: [Item], Majorie Lawrence papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 6: SIU MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Opera productions, "Music Under the Stars," May 7, 1960, "Carmen," 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Opera productions, "Aida," 1962, "Madame Butterfly," 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Opera productions, "The Marriage of Figaro," 1964, "Faust," 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Opera productions, "Gianni Schicchi/The Medium,"  1966, "Carmen," 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Opera productions, "Tales of Hoffman," 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Opera productions, "Altgeld," 1969, "The Magic Flute," 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Opera productions, "Die Fledermaus," 1971, "Falstaff," March 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Opera productions, "Treemonisha," November 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Opera productions, "Opera Showcase," November 30, 1972-Don Giovanni, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Opera productions, miscellaneous, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1969 Winter quarter-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1969 May-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1970 February-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1970 June-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1971 March-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1971 July-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1971 September-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1971 November 29Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1971 November 29Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1972 January-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1972 June-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1973 Winter quarter-MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Registrations, scholarships, and grades, 1973 May-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Registrations, scholarships, and gradesAdd to your cart.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous material relating to students of Marjorie Lawrence (folder 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous material relating to students of Marjorie Lawrence (folder 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous material relating to students of Marjorie Lawrence (folder 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Faculty and administrative matters, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Faculty and administrative matters, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Faculty and administrative matters, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Faculty and administrative matters, 1968 January-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Faculty and administrative matters, 1968 May-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Faculty and administrative matters, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Faculty and administrative matters, 1970 January-July 15Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Faculty and administrative matters, 1970 July 28-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Faculty and administrative matters, 1971 January-JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Faculty and administrative matters, 1971 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Faculty and administrative matters, 1972 January-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Faculty and administrative matters, 1972 June-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Faculty and administrative matters, 1972 June-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Faculty and administrative matters, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Faculty and administrative mattersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

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