B0268. (METROPOLITAN OPERA) Robert Tuggle. The Golden Age of Opera. New York, Holt-Rinehart-Winston, 1983. 246pp. Index; Profusely illustrated with numerous photos by Herman Mishkin, official photographer of the Metropolitan Opera, 1910-32; DJ. - 0-03-057778-0
“Robert Tuggle, who as the longtime archivist of the Metropolitan Opera helped create a digital database that includes details from every performance since the Met opened [in] 1883, died [21 January, 2016, at age 83].
Mr. Tuggle was the opera’s director of archives for more than 34 years and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE OF OPERA, published in 1983, with photographs by Herman Mishkin. At his death, he was working on a biography of Kirsten Flagstad, the Norwegian-born Wagnerian soprano.
Mr. Tuggle was named archivist in 1981 after being director of education for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a membership organization that supports the Met. Overseen by Mr. Tuggle, the Met’s database was unveiled in 2005, replacing record books and rows of index cards in a windowless subbasement office of the opera house adjoining a storeroom that houses rare documents and costumes. Mr. Tuggle persuaded the Met to make this encyclopedic database available free of charge.”
- Sam Roberts, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 27 Jan., 2016