Dance_Scholar_London Posted March 12, 2008 Report Share Posted March 12, 2008 I am very pleased about this new source. I teach a module on dance costume history and it is fantastic to have appropriate sources online - finally a reliable source and it's excellent for image research. Royal Opera House Collections' Catalogue and Performance Database are now online at www.rohcollections.org.uk. These resources, the result of many years of dedicated work, are an important milestone in an ambitious, ongoing project to open up ROH Collections to as wide and diverse an audience as possible. The website provides an overview of ROH Collections and brief introductions to each collection in the archive. The Collections Catalogue contains individual catalogue records, with images, for the Frank Sharman Photographic Collection and a section of the Costume Collection. Over the coming months, additional catalogue records will be made available online. The Performance Database has three levels: work (creators and premieres), production (director and design team), and performance (dancers, singers, and music staff). Currently online are all the works performed by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet (and their earlier names) since 1946, as well as all new productions and first night casts of each production. Similar data for The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be available in April, and nightly performance records will be added on a regular basis. The database can be searched by title, person, company, character, and date. Records are linked to items in the Collections Catalogue, such as costumes worn in a certain production, and therefore searches can be undertaken across both sets of information. In addition, the website offers interactive 'Highlights from the Collections', allowing users to focus in detail on certain items, through magnifying images, brief textual explanations, and audio clips. The website launched with three highlights: the costume for Turandot worn by Amy Shuard and Birgit Nilsson, designed by Cecil Beaton in 1963; Constant Lambert’s score for Frederick Ashton’s ballet Dante Sonata (1940); and an architectural detail of the theatre, normally quite difficult to view. Quote Link to comment
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