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Dennis Webster Gilmour Wakeling was born in Los Angeles on July 22, 1939. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California, studying with Walter Ducloux. He also attended Bayreuth Festival masterclasses, where he studied with Wieland Wagner, Wolfgang Wagner, and Walter Felsenstein. He served in the U.S. Army, and directed the Frankfurt Playhouse in 1966 and 1967.
Wakeling twice served as the director of the opera theater at Northern Arizona University, working in between in the opera theater department of the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of what is now the University of North Texas in 1981, serving as opera director along with Jeannine Crader until 1991. Wakeling was fluent in Russian, French, Italian, and German, and was a member of the Central Opera Service, the National Opera Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Wakeling died in Denton on May 13, 1992.
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The collection consists of six boxes, which primarily contain Wakeling's translations of libretti in multiple languages, most often written in music scores or copies of them. Also present are materials from collaboration with other scholars and artists, stage sketches, and ephemera.
3 copies. Pages cropped, information cut off. Translation written above throughout.
Editions Françaises de Musique, Paris. Photocopy. Annotated for performance.
2 copies. Second copy includes Basic Guide to Russian Pronunciation
G. Ricordi & Co. / NY. 2 copies. First copy annotated for performance.
Annotated for performance. Piano part notated in pencil pp. 21-end
Nicola Zanichelli / Bologna. Photocopy.
Oxford University Press / NY. Original. Translation written above in pencil throughout.
Application copy enclosed for National Opera Association New Opera Competition, using Edna St. Vincent Millay's Aria da Capo, submitted in 1984
G. Schirmer / NY / 48378. Schirmer title page, but photocopy of manuscript.
Faber Music Ltd. / London. Original. Translation written above in ink throughout.
Page info (plate, etc.) cut off, several ditto pages.
B. Schott's Söhne / Mainz. Photocopy. Translation written above except for last 1.5 pages.
2 copies, one marked in red ink.
Cover letter from Robert Nelson dated 3/6/1987.
B. Schott's Söhne / Mainz. Translation written above in ink throughout.
Leeds Music Corporation. 2 volumes, photocopy, spiral-bound.
Copy of B. & H. 16673 with translation. Cover: "Translation copyright Walter Ducloux"
M. 28321 G. 2 volumes. First volume partly translated, pages 8-27, 35.
Sovetskii Kompositor / Moscow / S. 3182 K.. Wakeling's translation written above throughout. Year, publisher, and place surmised from plate number, title and Google. Russian dictionary entry on Maryesyev enclosed.
Original, signed by Wakeling.
G. Schirmer / NY. Lightly annotated/marked. Note to "Web" and program from U of Arizona performance enclosed. Other correspondence (from Curry to Kirshbaum, Wakeling, & Kinney), rehearsal schedule in back of book.
G. Ricordi / Milan / 95567. Translation written above throughout.
Gosudarstvennoye musikal' noye izdatel'stvo / Moscow. Very short segment translated. Envelope enclosed: "Mozart & Salieri : Pictures" 5/10/73 -- b/w prints of drawings, from Michel Michelet.
Photocopy of manuscript. Typesetting suggests possible Wakeling role in notes/synopsis.
Includes cover letter from Sargon, handwritten notes related to staging, planning, criticism. Envelope postmarked 7/17/86.
Includes cover letter from Sargon. Envelope postmarked 7/13/87.
Cover letter from Sargon to Wakeling, Piave (?).
Cover letter from Sargon to Wakeling dated 1/19/1987 [1988?].
Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. / NY. Photocopy.
Charles E. Tuttle Company / Rutland, VT. Photocopy of intro, illustrations, the play "Sumidagawa."
Fürstner Ltd. / London / A. 7903 F. Translation written above throughout.
Translation written above throughout.
Fürstner Ltd. / London / A. 7503 F. Translation written above in ink.
Pages 294-347 translated.
Plate number 2770. Translation written above throughout.
G. Ricordi / Milan / 42306. Translation written above for second act, last section (page 225-end).
G. Ricordi / Milan / 51104. Translation written above in ink, in 2 spiral-bound volumes.
International Music Company / NY. 3 volumes.Translation written above in ink throughout ; stage diagrams sketched in pencil.
Ricordi / 53708. Non-photocopy, translation written above in pencil, dated 1972.
Ricordi / 53708. 3 spiral-bound volumes labeled 1-1, 1-2, 2. Translation written above throughout.
Ricordi / 53708. Second copy in 2 volumes, dated 1973.
G. Ricordi / Milan / 42309. Finale terzo, pages 262-277 translated.
G. Ricordi / Milan / 42310. Translation written above throughout.
G. Ricordi / Milan / 42312. Translated through page 109.
Edwin F. Kalmus / NY. Translation written above throughout.
G. Ricordi / Milan. Poor-quality photocopy.
Breitkopf und Härtel / Leipzig / 26945. Not translated.
Breitkopf und Härtel / Leipzig / 26945. Not translated.
Translation written above throughout
Act I, II in first volume, Acts III-V in second. Almost entirely untranslated except for a few pages in second volume. Photocopy of translation nearly illegible.
Set of prints of images/engravings related to Shakespeare
Includes corrected manuscript.