Published by: Benjamin McMahan, Monday, January 24, 2011
On January 11, 2011, dodging a major snowstorm, members of Princeton Friends of Opera trekked to New Brunswick. Here at The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum we met Dr. Julia Tulovsky, Assistant Curator of Russian and Soviet Art. After a brief introduction, we were escorted to the prints room for a talk on the development of Russian opera and the incorporation of Russian nationalism, including myths and medieval history. This was followed by Sergei Diaghilev and his Russian seasons in Paris. The Zimmerli has a rich collection of rare, original prints of costumes for his productions. Members were fascinated with the beauty of the costumes and a chance to glimpse into some of the most important works of the Twentieth Century. There is so much to see at the museum, that we all agreed another trip should be planned in the near future. Luncheon at Old Man Rafferty’s completed the trip. A fine time was had by all!