Robert Sutherland, Chief Librarian

Robert Sutherland currently holds the position of Chief Librarian at the Metropolitan Opera. He began his career as Assistant, later Principal, Librarian of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario. After three seasons with the NACO he moved to the Canadian Opera Company as Principal Trumpet, swearing never to do library work again. He was wrong. At the Canadian Opera Company during a problematic production of Don Carlo he was overheard muttering "I can do better than this." He was taken at his word and after serving as Principal Librarian for seventeen years, joined the Metropolitan Opera where he is in his twenty-first season. In addition to his library work, Mr. Sutherland has been active as a music editor, copyist and engraver, co-founded the Hannaford Street Silver Band (Toronto) and has served three terms as President of the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association. His re-orchestrations of four of Berlioz' Nuits d'été for mezzo-soprano are published by Edwin F. Kalmus.

 

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