Edwin Lester

Edwin Lester (30 March 1895, New York City - 13 December 1990, Beverly Hills, California) was an American theatre director, impresario, and producer. He was the longtime general director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, which he founded in 1938. He also co-founded the LACLO's affiliate organization, the San Francisco Civic Light Opera, with Homer Curran in 1939. Under his leadership, the LACLO produced or co-produced several of their own shows, a number of which went on to wider success, including Song of Norway (1944), Magdalena (1948), Kismet (1953), Peter Pan (1954) and Gigi (1973). Lester also brought in shows from Broadway to California, often with their original casts.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 30th, 1895, Died December 13th, 1990

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor LBS-Test-2207 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 7/5/1935 If I were on the stage Frances White Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  


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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/327224


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