Sayão, Bidú (1902-1999)

The Bidú Sayão collection includes photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, correspondence, printed material, and audio recordings.

Photographs in the collection consist of numerous black and white and color prints of Sayao. Several photos show Sayão performing; others portray her as a child, with friends and family, and in various locations. Among these are several autographed photos, including one of Arturo Toscanini. Most of the images date from the 1930s to the 1950s, though they also include a 1995 parade in Rio de Janeiro given in Sayão's honor.

Memorabilia in the collection includes a number of album covers, some autographed; many awards for Sayão, including medals, certificates and plaques, dating from the 1940s to the 1990s; and several programs for performances and various ceremonies, dating from the 1920s to the 1990s. Many of the programs are signed by Sayao and others; some have Sayao's handwritten notes. Personal items include jewelry, ornaments, fans, a blank check from Enrico Caruso, figurines, tickets, scarves, handkerchiefs, and other items. Many of these were gifts to Sayão; others, she used as stage props.

Scrapbooks in the collection contain material dating from 1929 to 1957. They include newspaper clippings and photographs of Sayãoand others.

Correspondence in the collection primarily pertains to Sayão's tours and performances. These items include letters from notable figures in the fields of opera, entertainment, and government, such as Edmund Muskie, Nelson Rockefeller, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Rosalynn Carter, Ed Koch, and Diane Feinstein. Other items include invitations to various events (1977-1985) and some personal correspondence (1970s-1996).

Printed material in the collection includes programs for opera performances, press releases, newspaper clippings mentioning Sayão, and various publications, including Opera News, The Opera Quarterly, the Post, and the Baltimore Sun. Also present are fourteen opera scores, most signed by Sayao and with her handwritten notes.

Audio recordings in the collection include several long-playing records and compact discs of performances by Sayão, as well as some performances by others.

Notable Figures
1. Sayao, Bidu
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Music and Dance Subject Guide
2. Music Collections Subject Guide
3. Opera Subject Guide