B0270. (METROPOLITAN OPERA) Mary Ellis Peltz. The Magic of the Opera, A Picture Memoir of the Metropolitan. New York, Praeger, 1960. 172pp. Index; Numerous Photos, many full-page; DJ.
“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