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Primary Creator: Hedlund, Ronald
Other Creators: Hedlund, Barbara
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet
Arrangement: The contents of this collection are not arranged in series or subseries. The digital contents of the collection are contained in Electronic Folder 1. This includes photographs, memorial service programs, obituary notices, articles, and drafts of articles. The physical contents are housed in the multi-collection box Small Collections Box 1. The contents, which include contents similar to the digital contents, includes correspondence, photographs, and memorial service programs.
Date Acquired: 11/11/2013
Subjects: Lloyd, David, 1920-2013
This collection documents Lloyd's career as an opera singer, music educator, and arts administrator, including his time spent with the New York City Opera. It also documents many of the memorial services following his death in 2013.
David Lloyd was an American lyric tenor, arts administrator, and teacher. Lloyd was born in 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Minneapolis College of Music before attending the Curtis Institute, where he studied with baritone Richard Bonelli. During World War II, he served as a pilot for the Navy. Lloyd's operatic debut was in 1950 with the City Opera in New York, as David in Wagner's Die Meistersinger. He sang in varied productions, from Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio to Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Of the most significant of Lloyd's many notable productions is his performance in the American premiere of Britten's Albert Herring in 1949 under the baton of Boris Goldovsky. Lloyd enjoyed not only performances in the United States, but also abroad; he sang at both the Edinburgh Festival and Glyndebourne. Apart from performing, he also directed the Lake George Opera Festival and the Julliard School American Opera Center. He has recorded with both Bernstein and Koussevitzky.
Ronald and Barbara Hedlund, married in 1974, are American musicians and educators. Ronald Hedlund, an emeritus faculty member at the University of Illinois School of Music, is the only faculty member to be awarded tenure twice. Professor Hedlund has enjoyed a renowned and diverse career, with repertoire ranging from Handel to Barber. He is a graduate of Hamline University, Indiana University, Akadamie fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, and the Julliard School American Opera Center. Professor Hedlund has performed in every major opera house in America including Chicago, New York, St. Louis, and Houston. He has also performed abroad, appearing in recitals and festivals in Scotland, Hungary, Mexico, Canada, Italy, and Austria. He has premiered operas by Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, and Steven Oliver, among others. In addition to his time at the University of Illinois, Professor Hedlund has taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Aspen Vocal Institute, and Eastern Illinois University . Even though he has enjoyed a world-renowned career, he has been and continues to be very active in the Champaign-Urbana local music and arts community.