University Library home page Architecture Library home page International Cultural Center Library Southwest Collection - Special Collections Library
Texas Tech University Libraries University Library home page Architecture Library home page International Cultural Center Library Southwest Collection - Special Collections Library Branch libraries navigation bar

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:  John Gillas talks about his musical studies in Europe during the 1960s.  He specifically studied in Italy and Germany as a Fullbright Scholar.

MAIN ENTRY:                                          Gillas, John

DATE OF INTERVIEW:                            August 16, 2000

LOCATION OF INTERVIEW:                  Lubbock, Texas

INTERVIEWER:                                          Leslie Dutton

NUMBER OF REELS/TAPES:                   1

TAPE FORMAT:                                        Cassette

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:                       45 minutes

ABSTRACT:                                               The European Musical Studies of John Gillas

TAPE ONE             SIDE ONE

Voice teacher at Texas Tech since 1971

Venice, Italy

            Fullbright Scholarship to Rome Opera

            Gondola rides

            Operas

            Toti Dal Monte

            Bardia Carbone (?)

            Artistic Interpretation Lessons

                        Language

            Debra Fambri (?)

Perugia, Italy

            University of Foreigners

            Lived with Italian family

            Mussolini

            Heating practices in homes

            Refrigerator uses

            Travels

                        Florence

                        Siena

            Culture

                        Plays

                        Museums

                        Operas

Rome, Italy

            Study at Rome Opera

            Meistro Cabanilla (?)

            Luigi Vicci (?)

            Switch from baritone to tenor

            Fambri (?) Teacher

                        Consonant/vowel sounds

                        Scales

                        Runs

Roles in Operas

            Arias

            Germany

Typical Day in Rome

            Morning coaching

            Operatic acting

            Opera workshops

            Observing rehearsals

ELDA

            English Language Dubbing Association

Culture

            Different work day schedule

                        4 rush hours   

            Dinner after 10:00pm

Cuisine

            Typical meal

            Bakeries

Germany

TAPE ONE             SIDE TWO

Germany

            1962

            Munich

                        Pichelmeyer

                        Language

                        Roles

                        Lived in suburb

            Nazis

                        Aftermath of World War II

            Thomas Carey (?)

                        Baritone

                        International Contest Winner

            Alex Sontomier (?)

            Minster

                        Opera Company

                        Lyric Tenor Soloist

            Heidelberg, Germany
                        Butterfly first role

                        3 years

Italian vs. German Opera Companies

            Specificity

            Personality

Monsouri (?)

            Favorite director

Aftermath of World War II (again)

Dictation

RANGE DATES:                                   1960-1971                            

BULK DATES:                                      1960-1967

AGE OF INFORMANT:                        67

GENDER OF INFORMANT:                male

ETHNICITY OF INFORMANT:            Anglo 

     
TTU
Search
Workstation Use Policy
Contact the Library
Support the Library
 
Go to Texas Records and Information Locator Service (TRAIL), a state agency search service at the Texas State Library Go to TexasOnline, the main web site of the State of Texas
 

Disability, Privacy and Accessibility Resources

Copyright 2003 Texas Tech University Libraries
18th St. and Boston Ave., MS 40002
Lubbock, Texas 79409-0002
(806) 742-2261, Fax (806) 742-0737