File 54-6301 - Opera, La Boheme

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Opera, La Boheme

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  • March 10, 1954 (Creation)
    Kitchener-Waterloo Record

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14 photographs : b&w copy negatives ; 8 x 10 cm

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Record began with the publication of the Daily News of Berlin on February 9, 1878 and was the first daily paper in the area. It was published by Peter Moyer. Over the years it had several names and publishers: in January of 1897 it was purchased by the German Printing and Publishing Company and was amalgamated with that company's Berlin Daily Record to become the Berlin News Record, and later still the News Record, all published by William (Ben) V. Uttley. In 1918 the publishers of the German-language paper the Berliner Journal, William D. Euler (later Senator for North Waterloo) and William J. Motz, purchased the News Record and changed the name to the Kitchener Daily Record. On July 17, 1922 the Record absorbed the other daily, the Daily Telegraph. With that event, the original three daily papers (the News Record, the Berlin Daily Record, and the Daily Telegraph) became one.

The Berliner Journal began in December 29, 1859 by Frederick Rittinger and John Motz, and was located on Queen Street south, Kitchener. Motz remained editor until his death in 1899, at which time his son William acquired his father's interest. When Rittinger died in 1915 his share was acquired by William D. Euler. The weekly Journal ended on May 10, 1924. The Record’s first staff photographer was Harry Huehnergard, who worked for the paper for 49 years before retiring in 1986 as Manager of the Photographic Department.

In 1948 the Kitchener Daily Record was re-named the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, which name it retained until 1994, when it became simply The Record. In 1928 the paper moved from its home at 49 King Street west to a new building at 30 Queen Street north where it was to stay for 44 years until moving in May 1973 to 225 Fairway Road. When William J. Motz died in 1946 his son John E. Motz took over as publisher. The by-then Senator Euler sold his interest to Southam Press in 1953. John E. Motz died in 1975 and the Motz Family continued to own a controlling interest in the paper until 1990, when it was sold to Southam. In 1998, The Record was sold to Sun Media Corporation, and then in March 1999, to Torstar Corporation. In January 2005, the paper moved its offices to Market Square on King Street east in Kitchener's downtown core, and on March 11, 2008, the name was changed to the Waterloo Region Record.

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54-6301_004 appeared on Page 8 of the Thursday, March 11, 1954 edition of the newspaper as part of the article: "K-W Social Events Inspired by Opera."

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Photo caption from published version of 54-6301_004: "TORONTO GUESTS - Mrs. F.C.B. Hall (left) received with her husband last night at a party given by K-W Rotary opera committee for officials of the Royal Conservatory Opera Company. With her are Miss Vida Peene, Toronto, women's committee chairman to the opera company association, Mrs. J.D. Woods, and Mrs. R.B. Dale-Harris, Toronto."

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54-6301_001, 54-6301_002, 54-6301_003, 54-6301_009, 54-6301_010 and 54-6301_014 appeared on Page 21 of the Thursday, March 11, 1954 edition of the newspaper as part of the articles: "Warm and Melodious 'La Boheme' Praised" and "Area Operas Seen Extending to Coast."

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Photo caption from published version of 54-6301_001: "KITCHENER SINGER - Alex de Naszody puts finishing touches on the make-up of Angela Antonelli, a coloratura soprano from Kitchener who sings in the chorus."

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Photo caption from published version of 54-6301_002: "LEADING SINGER - Mary Morrison (left) who played Mimi in "La Boheme" chats with Dr. Ernesto Barbini, conductor, Mrs. Barbini and Mrs. C.C.W. Mixer."

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Photo caption from published versions of 54-6301_003 and 54-6301_010: "DISCUSS PERFORMANCE - Herman Geiger-Torell, stage director, Dr. Ettore Mazzoleni, general director, and Nicholas Goldschmidt, musical director (left photo) have a cup of tea at a reception held in the auditorium Memorial Room after the opera. The photo at right shows Mayor Donald Weber and Mrs. Weber (left) and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hodd following the presentation."

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Photo caption from published version of 54-6301_009: "Turnstiles at the auditorium were busy admitting the 4, 377 (auditorium count) who came from many points throughout western Ontario."

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Photo caption from published version of 54-6301_014: "BEFORE OPERA - Lieutenant-Governor L.O. Breithaupt and party pause in the hall of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium before going to their box for the performance of "La Boheme" last night. Left to right are Lt.-Col. G.F. Eastman, H.J. Heasley, His Honour and Mrs. Breithaupt, Mrs. Eastmen and Mrs. Heasley."

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