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Opera News covers (Mar 25, 1967; Mar 22, 1969; Jan 17, 1970)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jun 26th, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 1967
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    Vol. 33, No. 21, “Turandot”, March 22, 1969.
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    Vol. 33, No. 21, “Turandot”, March 22, 1969.

    Three covers for Opera News, illustrated by Milton Glaser. The classical music magazine was art directed by Bob Ciano at the time. The magazine logo is in Gros Titre, a caps-only alphabet drawn by Swiss designer Roland Schenk in 1959 and reproduced in the second volume of Lettera (1961), edited by Armin Haab and Walter Haettenschweiler. It was probably this alphabet source book where Ciano found the letterforms. The small line below is set in all-caps Optima.

    Steve Heller featured Bob Ciano’s work for Opera News in a “Daily Heller” post from 2012:

    Published for members of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York, the magazine cost just 35 cents, but its covers were worth a million bucks. Ciano was the conductor of an ensemble of superb illustrators, including Milton Glaser, whose artworks were preludes to choruses of articles inside.

    Heller’s article includes an interview with the art director and several more covers, with illustrations by Douglas Benezra, Erté, Virginia Fritz, Robert O’Hearn, Sam Kirson, Don De Mauro, Leontyne Price, and Stanisław Zagórski. The post seems to be currently unavailable on Print magazine’s website. The Internet Archive has a backup.

    Vol. 31, No. 22, “Traviata”, March 25, 1967.
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    Vol. 31, No. 22, “Traviata”, March 25, 1967.

    Vol. 34, No. 12, “Die Zauberflöte”, January 17, 1970.
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    Vol. 34, No. 12, “Die Zauberflöte”, January 17, 1970.

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