Aborn Opera Company

The Aborn Opera company was an American opera company that was active from 1895 through 1922.

Aborn Opera Company
Milton Aborn circa 1913
Sargent Aborn circa 1913


Founded and operated by brothers Milton Aborn (1864–1933) and Sargent Aborn (1866–1956), the company was based out of New York City but spent most of its time on the road touring the United States.[1] Milton was born in Marysville, California in 1864, and his brother Sargent was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1866. They had been theater managers since 1885. From 1913 to 1915 they were managers at the Century Theatre in Manhattan.[2][3][4]

From 1912 until 1915 Ralph Lyford conducted over 200 performances of operas with the company.[5]


  1. ^ "MR. ABORN AND THE MELODIOUS YEARS". The New York Times. October 27, 1929.
  2. ^ Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Groves. 1908.
  3. ^ "City Club Officially Announces That It Has Chosen Aborns as Managers" (PDF). The New York Times. May 11, 1913. Retrieved 2009-08-07. The City Club announced officially yesterday that it had engaged Milton and Sargent Aborn as the Directors for the new Century Opera Company, which is to play at the Century Theatre next Fall. The arrangement is for three years and the company is organized for the purpose of producing, opera in English, French, German and Italian.
  4. ^ "Century Opera In Foreign Languages. But Greater Number of Performances Will Still Be in English Next Season" (PDF). The New York Times. June 6, 1914. Retrieved 2009-08-07. Milton Aborn, general manager, with his brother, Sargent Aborn, of the Century Opera Company, who sails this morning for Europe on the Imperator, issued a statement yesterday in which he announced officially that opera would be sung in foreign languages as well as in English at the Century next season.
  5. ^ Hipsher, Edward (1927). "Ralph Lyford". AMERICAN OPERA and Its Composers. Theodore Presser Co. Retrieved 2010-10-07.

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