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About Operetta Foundation

What Is Operetta Foundation?
Operetta Foundation is a private research institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of our national and international operetta heritage.  Located in Los Angeles since its founding as Operetta Archives in 1997, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

What Does The Foundation Do?
• Maintains a continually expanding library containing America’s largest collection of operetta-related material (books, scores, recordings, sheet music, programs, posters, and other ephemera).  The current collection includes approximately 10,000 books, 5,000 vocal scores, and 77,000 audio and video recordings.

• Provides research and performance materials to opera and operetta companies, authors, newspapers, radio stations, performers, and music publishers.  Recent users include:  The Ohio Light Opera, Opera Australia, and Los Angeles Opera; Stefan Frey (author of German-language biographies of Emmerich Kálmán and Franz Lehár); and Josef Weinberger, Ltd. (European publisher).

• Produces CDs and DVDs on the Operetta Archives label—both historical and newly recorded.  Examples include the first complete audio recordings of Kálmán's Countess Maritza and Arizona Lady (his last operetta); a 2-CD set of vintage recordings from the early days of musical theatre; and a DVD of Kálmán's never-before-recorded operetta A Soldier's Promise.  Please click on SHOP for  further listings and purchase information.

• Sponsors Friends of Operetta, a Los Angeles-area group founded in 1995 that meets quarterly for lectures and performances (live and recorded).  Its mission is to entertain, educate, and provide opportunities to share and celebrate a love of operetta and musical theatre.  Special guests have included Patricia Morison, John Raitt, and Julia Migenes.  For a listing of past and scheduled meetings, please click on Friends of Operetta.

• Produces live events, emphasizing rarely performed and all-but-forgotten music from operettas and early musical comedies.  Recent productions include the first performance in more than 60 years of Kálmán's 1945 Broadway operetta Marinka and a tribute to the music of Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml, Jerome Kern, and Sigmund Romberg.  For more information on these and other events, please click on Concert Info.