B0265. (METROPOLITAN OPERA) Mary Ellis Peltz & Gerald Fitzgerald. Metropolitan Opera Annals, Third Supplement, 1966-76. New York, Metropolitan Opera Guild, 1978. 208pp. DJ. - 0-88371-022-6
“Mary Ellis Peltz, founder and former editor of OPERA NEWS and archivist for the Metropolitan Opera was asked in 1936 to be the first editor of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's publication by the late Eleanor Robson Belmont, the guild's founder. Under her editorship, which lasted until 1957, OPERA NEWS developed a circulation of 60,000.
On her retirement, Mrs. Peltz organized the archives of the Metropolitan Opera Association. She led the department, assembling materials documenting the Met's history, going back to the ledgers preceeding the first season; the archives have provided essential information for music historians.
Mrs. Peltz, the former Mary Ellis Opdycke, was a Phi Betta Kappa graduate of Barnard College in 1920. For the next three years, she was music critic of THE NEW YORK EVENING SUN. Mrs. Peltz was co-author of the METROPOLITAN OPERA GUIDE with Robert Lawrence and ACCENTS ON OPERA with Boris Goldovsky, and wrote BEHIND THE GOLD CURTAIN, a history of the Met, Opera, and THE MAGIC OF THE OPERA, with the photographer Gjon Mili. Her poetry has been published in the journal Plowshares.
As archivist for the Met, Mrs. Peltz began the Speaker's Bureau, lecturing on opera around the country; she began an in-service course on opera for Board of Education teachers, and she was a frequent guest on THE TEXACO OPERA QUIZ on the Met radio broadcasts. She received the first Eleanor Robson Belmont Medal last year for distinguished service to the Metropolitan Opera Guild.”
- Edward Rothstein, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 27 Oct., 1981
“Gerald Fitzgerald, an associate editor of OPERA NEWS magazine since 1960 and a well-known figure in American opera, also served as an associate editor of BALLET NEWS during its seven-year existence, from 1979 to 1986. Like OPERA NEWS, BALLET NEWS was published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. His editorial capacity with the Guild involved him in a wide variety of activities, most of them consisting of photographic documentation of the Met. But his most important project was the two-volume revision of the MET annals [above].
Mr. Fitzgerald served as picture consultant or editor for many opera books, among them THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE, CALLAS, CELEBRATION: THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, THE MET: 100 YEARS OF GRAND OPERA, MAGNIFICENCE ONSTAGE AT THE MET,THE STAGES OF MENOTTI and GRANDISSIMO PAVAROTTI. He also produced slide shows and publications for a variety of Guild functions, and intermission features for the LIVE FROM THE MET telecasts starting in 1977.
In 1956, he joined the staff of OPERA NEWS, becoming an assistant editor in 1959 and an associate editor the next year. Aside from his Guild activities, he worked for several summers in the early 1960s for Gian Carlo Menotti's FESTIVAL OF TWO WORLDS in Spoleto, Italy, editing program books and other publications.”
- John Rockwell, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 May, 1990