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SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:  John Gillas talks about his singing career in college, the military, with the San Francisco Opera, and his world tour.  He also talks about finding an agent and the role of an agent.

MAIN ENTRY:                                      Gillas, John

DATE OF INTERVIEW:                          June 2, 2000

LOCATION OF INTERVIEW:                   Lubbock, Texas

INTERVIEWER:                                    Leslie Dutton

NUMBER OF REELS/TAPES:                    1

TAPE FORMAT:                                    Cassette

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:                       25 minutes

ABSTRACT:                                         The singing career of John Gillas.

TAPE ONE             SIDE ONE

Gillas, John

            Born and raised in St. Louis, MO

            Began singing in high school

Education

            Attended Central Missouri College

            Scholarship from Indiana University – 1952

Cast in lead role in the American premier of Benjamin Britton’s Billy Bud

Education (again)

            Indiana University (again)

            Opera experience

Military Experience

            Drafted

            Singing in the service clubs

            Auditioned his way out of KP duty

            US Army Band Chorus in Arlington, VA

            Other members of the US Army Chorus

            US Army Chorus sound

San Francisco Opera

    U.S. Tour - 1958

            Concert at Texas Tech

Singing Roles

            Indiana University

            San Francisco Opera

            New York City Opera

US Tour (again)

Fellow performers

Singing Roles (again)

Singing venues

National Music League

            Concert Tours

            Accompanist

World tour – January, 1960

            Weekly concerts aboard cruise ship sailing around the world

            Agent also scheduled concerts in port cities

            Audiences

Finding an agent

            Role that fate played

            Thea Dispeker – first agent

            Eastman Boomer – second agent

The Role of an agent

World tour (again)

            Meeting sponsors aboard ship

Fulbright Scholarship

Married before leaving for Europe

Study in Europe

RANGE DATES:                              Unknown

BULK DATES:                                1952 - 1960

AGE OF INFORMANT:                      67

GENDER OF INFORMANT:                 Male

 ETHNICITY OF INFORMANT:            Anglo

     
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