UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives has received the donation of an extensive opera and piano music collection by the distinguished pianist and conductor George Darden. It includes nearly 200 annotated scores, 22 monographs and an impressive collection of signed photographs and tear sheets from the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1985, he began his collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, providing piano and music preparation for major works by Mozart, Verdi and Rossini. Darden retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2006. Among the most visually stunning items within the collection are a series of performance photographs, signed tear sheets and letters framed in gilt, chronicling George Darden’s performance history while at the Met.