B1854. OPERA CARAVAN, Adventures of the Metropolitan on tour, 1883-1956 - Metropolitan Opera Tour Casts, 1883-84; 1956. Quaintance Eaton. New York, Farrar, Straus, 1957. 400pp. Index; Photos; DJ.
“Quaintance Eaton, a writer of books and articles on opera, became a devotee of opera long before moving to New York City in the 1920s. She frequently wrote on the subject for MUSICAL AMERICA, eventually becoming an associate editor, and was a contributing editor to OPERA NEWS.
In 1957, her book OPERA CARAVAN, an anecdotal history of the Metropolitan Opera on tour, was praised by Howard Taubman, then chief music critic of THE NEW YORK TIMES, as ‘both diverting and informative’.
In the 1960s, she published two histories that have become standard works: THE BOSTON OPERA COMPANY (1965) and THE MIRACLE OF THE MET (1968). She was also executive secretary of the National Federation of Music Clubs and of the New York City Opera Guild.
Her last book, published in 1987, was SUTHERLAND AND BONYNGE: AN INTIMATE BIOGRAPHY, about Dame Joan Sutherland and her husband, the conductor Richard Bonynge.
Miss Eaton was known among opera audiences for the chinchilla coat she wore and for her collection of stylish hats, said to number 250.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 15 April, 1992