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 in August, 1993. An interview with Robert for The Sunday Edition was broadcast across Canada by CBC Radio in September 2014. He was recently featured in Dr. Patrick Lo’s book Conversations with the World’s Leading Orchestra and Opera Librarians published by Rowman & Littlefield.  In addition to his library work, Mr. Sutherland has been active as a music editor, copyist and engraver, served three terms as President of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association and coordinates the judging of the Paul Revere Awards for graphic excellence on behalf of the Music Publishers’ Association. His re-orchestrations of four of Berlioz' Nuits d'été for mezzo-soprano are published by Edwin F. Kalmus.  In April, 2016, he was a speaker at the Music Performance: Art and Neuroscience in Dialogue symposium in Tübingen, Germany.


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