The collection consists of Bonelli's letters, documents, photographs, programs, publications, scores, scrapbooks, audiovisual
materials, posters and newspaper clippings.
Baritone Richard Bonelli was born Richard Bunn in Port Byron, New York on Feb. 2, 1889. His voice teachers were Arthur Alexander
in Los Angeles, and Jean de Reszke and William Valonat in Paris. His operatic debut was as Valentin in Gounod's Faust at the
Brooklyn Academy in 1915. From 1922-24 he toured the U.S. with the San Carlo opera company. After touring in Europe with
the Max Sauter Company in 1925, he was engaged at the Theatre Gaite Lyrique in Paris. That same year he was to join the Chicago
Opera Company, remaining there until 1931. Between 1926 and 1942 he was a frequent guest at the San Francisco Opera, and was
also a member of the Metropolitan Opera from 1932-45. After retiring from the stage he dedicated himself to voice pedagogy
and was a much-appreciated teacher. He taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at the Music Academy of
the West. Richard Bonelli died in Los Angeles on June 7, 1980.
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