Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Cristini mss., ca. 1961-1970, consist of paintings and drawings by opera theatre designer Cesare Mario Cristini, 1906- 1970. Cristini came to Indiana University as a Fullbright scholar in 1959 and in 1961 was appointed faculty chair of the newly formed department of Stage Design and Technical Production in IU's School of Music, in which position he remained until his death in 1970. In addition to set and costume designs for Indiana University opera and ballet productions Cristini also designed sets for many of the leading opera houses of the world, including Paris, Rome, the San Carlo opera in Naples, and the Houston Opera's production of Aida.

Present in the collection are costume designs for Walter Kaufmann's Scarlet Letter, including "The Captain", and "Roger Chillingworth"; three set designs for Kaufmann's A Hoosier Tale; and a pen and ink drawing from Cristini's sketchbook of five characters from The Darkened City by Bernhard Heiden. Both Kaufmann and Heiden were IU School of Music faculty members.

Purchase. Society of the Friends of Music. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1996, 1998 16 items

Collection size: 16 items

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