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The François Loup scores collection

 Collection 0214-SCPA

François Loup (b. 1940) is a Swiss-born bass, actor, director, and was an associate professor at the University of Maryland's School of Music from 1996 to 2011. During a career in opera that has lasted more than half a century, Loup has given more than one hundred performances in major roles at the Metropolitan Opera of New York. The materials in this collection date from 1936 to 1990 and consist of scores Loup used and annotated extensively for his directorial work.


  • 1936-1990
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1975

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


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Scope and Content of Collection

The François Loup Scores Collection covers the period from 1936 to 1990; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 1975. The collection consists of both complete and staging scores from the collection of François Loup, a former associate professor of voice at the University of Maryland.


François Loup, the Swiss-born bass, actor, teacher, and director, has excelled in many roles throughout his long career. He is, however, best known for more than a half century of opera performance. Born in 1940, Loup overcame an early speech impediment to become a highly accomplished singer and performer who gave more than one hundred performances in prominent roles at the Metropolitan Opera of New York between 1992 and 2002. He has performed worldwide, from Santa Fe to Rio de Janeiro to Rouen. From 1996 to 2011, Loup was an associate professor at the University of Maryland's School of Music.


This collection is organized into one series:

  1. Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of François Loup, July 2015.

Related Material

Leon Major papers, Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland.

The François Loup scores collection
Wendy Bargstadt and John Davis
July 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States