Lida Brodenova Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection includes correspondence, awards, travel accounts, opera and recital programs, clippings, photographs, diaries, postcards, reviews, scrapbooks, photo albums, tape and phono recordings. Much of the collection is in Czech, and is separated into personal and professional categories.
- Brodenova, Lida (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The diaries of Boris Brodenov, in the collection of papers of Lida Brodenova, housed in the SDSU Library, may contain sensitive references to the personal lives of Lida Brodenova and Boris Brodenov. Researchers must agree that discretion will be used in the research and publication of such passages. Embarrassing or defamatory work will be avoided.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Lida Brodenova, born in Czechoslovakia in 1902, was a performer and producer of Czech operas. Early on she began playing the piano and taking singing lessons, with the Czech soprano Emma Destinnova as her inspiration. She studied under Leos Janacek, with her principal voice teacher Sigmund Auspitzer at the Music Conservatory in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She began her career in the French theatre in Brno, and spent most of the 1930s performing operettas in various German and Czech troupes.
In 1940 Lida and her husband Boris, who was Jewish, emigrated to America to avoid persecution. Once in America Lida began performing on the radio in New York. It was the beginning of a long career in the theatre in which she performed, wrote, and taught Czech repertory. She died at the age of eighty-eight in 1990.
12.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
I. Biographies, Writings, Etc.
II. Correspondence, ca. 1930s-1988
IV. Performance and Production Material
V. Scrapbooks of Performances
VII. Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany
VIII. Audio Recordings
IX. Boris Brodenov Personal
Source of Acquisition
Sokol Washingon and Judith Fiehler
Accruals and Additions
- Audio Recordings
- Brodenov, Boris--Diaries
- Brodenova, Lida
- Brodenová, Lida--Archives
- Opera--Czechoslovakia--History--20th century--Sources
- Opera--United States--History--20th century--Sources
- Opera--United States--Sources
- Personal Papers
- Singers--United States--Biography--Sources
- Lida Brodenova Papers
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
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