Rubes, Jan

jan rubes photo

  Jan Rubeš was a singer, actor and director whose career spanned more than half a century. Born in Volynĕ, Czechoslovakia in 1920, Rubeš was the second son of a local bank manager. Although he had planned to follow his brother into medicine, his studies were interrupted by the closure of the Faculty of Medicine at Charles University by the German occupying forces during World War II. Rubeš transferred to the Prague Conservatory, where he studied under Hilbert Vavre and launched a career as a promising basso. In 1948, while representing Czechoslovakia at the International Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, Rubes sought and was granted political asylum in Canada. In 1950, he married fellow singer and actress Susan Douglas, who would remain his partner for the next six decades (and with whom he would have three children).
  Rubeš was a soloist with the CBC Opera (1949-1958), and an original member of the Opera Festival Company of Toronto (later the Canadian Opera Company). He appeared more than 1,000 times in over 50 Canadian Opera Company productions, and participated in some 20 national tours. He also performed as guest soloist with opera companies in Frankfurt, Mexico, Central America, New York City, Detroit, Seattle, and New Orleans.
  Between 1953 and 1963, Rubeš appeared as singer and host on CBC’s popular Songs of My People, a program that featured folk music from around the world. He also wrote, produced, acted and directed the TVO television program Guess What (1975), and sang on the CBC radio program Rhapsody with Ivan Romanoff.
  Rubeš developed a film career later in life, appearing in more than 100 roles (some of his more memorable films include Witness (1985), One Magic Christmas (1985), The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick and Deceived (1991). He also appeared on Canadian and US television programs such as The Forest Rangers, The X-Files, King of Kensington, and Due South.
  Rubeš won a Gemini Award for his role in Two Men (1989), the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (1978), the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967), and the Earl Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television (1990). He was artist-in-residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1981, and taught at the University of Windsor in 1985. In 1998, he was awarded a Honourary Doctor of Letters degree at the University of Windsor. In addition to his success in the performing arts, Rubeš was also a lifelong athlete who excelled in tennis.
Jan Rubeš died in 2009 at the age of 89.

Sources: 

· The Canadian Encyclopedia http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/jan-rubes-emc/

· Canadian Who’s Who 2005 (Elizabeth Lumley, University of Toronto Press, 2005; http://simplelink.library.utoronto.ca/url.cfm/99733)

· Jan Rubes: A Man of Many Talents (Ezra Schabas, The Dundurn Group, 2007; ML420 .R934 S33 2007)

 

Accession No.: 
2006.001, 2008.015
Dates of creation: 
1928 - 2005
Physical description: 

5.87 m of textual records

520 photographs
· 520 b&w and col. prints (incl. ca. 4 contact sheets)

57 video recordings
· 57 VHS cassettes

455 audio recordings
· 69 acetate discs (12”, 10”)
· 8 transcription discs (12”, 10”)
· 293 vinyl discs (12”, 10”, 7”)
· 85 1/4” tapes

Scope and content: 

This fonds comprises two accessions, both of which are divided into several series.

Accession 2008.015 consists of five series (determined by format), ranging between 1928 and 2005.
These are: Scrapbooks; Appointment Books; Textual Documents; Photographs; and VHS Videotapes.

The first series, Scrapbooks, consists of four oversized, handcrafted scrapbooks likely assembled by Susan Douglas. These scrapbooks document Rubeš’ European opera career, Rubeš’ North American career, Douglas’ career, and their family life.

The second series, Appointment Books, covers the period between 1955 and 2005. These include personal appointment diaries and day timers, as well as a ledger.

The third series, Textual Documents, was largely assembled by the Rubeš’ son, Tony. These files cover the period between 1928 and 2005 and include press clippings, reviews, personal correspondence, mementos, resumes, and biographies.

The fourth series, Photographs, consists of numerous publicity shots, production stills and photographs from 1940 – 2002. The subjects include fellow cast members, colleagues, and family members.

The fifth series, VHS Videotapes, includes several of Rubeš’ performances from the 1950s to 2005. These guest roles in movies and selected television productions characterize the sort of roles that Rubeš played later in his career.

Accession 2008.015 contains textual material in relating to several productions,
including:

  • Figaro (Live musical performance, 1948)
  • Forbidden Journey (Film, 1950)
  • Guiding Light (Television, 1953?)
  • Witness (Film, 1985)
  • Kane and Abel (Television, 1985)
  • Dead of Winter (Film, 1987)
  • Two Men (Television, 1988)
  • Something about Love (Film, 1988)
  • The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (Film, 1989)
  • Max Glick (Television, 1990)
  • Coming of Age (Television, 1993)
  • Stargate SG 1 (Television, 2001)
  • The Outer Limits (Television, 1999)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (Film, 1999)
  • Flight of the Reindeer (Television, 2000)
  • Anthrax (Film, 2001)
  • The Republic of Love (Film, 2003)

Accession 2008.015 contains audiovisual material relating to several productions,
including:

  • Forbidden Journey (Film, 1950)
  • Lions for Breakfast (Film, 1975)
  • Deadly Harvest (Film, 1977)
  • Vandenberg (Television, 1983)
  • Charlie Grant’s War (Television, 1984)
  • The Marriage Bed (Film, 1986)
  • Kay O’Brien (Television, 1986)
  • Fame (Television, 1987)
  • The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (Film, 1988)
  • Blood Relations (Film, 1988)
  • No Blame (Television, 1988)
  • Blind Fear (Film, 1989)
  • E.N.G. (Television, 19891992)
  • Street Legal (Television, 1990)
  • Max Glick (Television, 1990)
  • Class Action (Film, 1991)
  • Devlin (Television, 1992)
  • Coming of Age (Television, 1993)
  • Lambchop and the Haunted Studio (Television, 1994)
  • The Birds II (Film, 1994)
  • Roommates (Film, 1995)
  • Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (Television, 1995)
  • X-Files (Television, 1996)
  • Never Too Late (Film, 1997)
  • The Outer Limits (Television, 1999)
  • The City (Television, 1999)
  • Flight of the Reindeer (Television, 2000)
  • Stargate SG1 (Television, 2001)
  • Anthrax (Film, 2001)
  • Mentors (Television, 2001)
  • Tilt (Television, 2005)
  • Our Fathers (Television, 2005)
  • Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Music of Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatte (Film, 2006)

Accession 2006.001 consists of six series (determined by format), ranging from 1939 to 1998. These are: Textual-Archival, Textual-Published,
Photographs, Audiotapes, Audio Discs-Archival, and Audio Discs–Commercial.

The first series, Textual-Archival, consists of correspondence, scripts, call sheets, schedules, cast and crew lists, programs, and clippings. These files are arranged chronologically by genre and production.

The second series, Textual-Published, consists of music scores (most of them annotated), books, and magazines.

The third series, Photographs, consists of production stills, promotional portraits, and family snapshots.

The fourth series, Audiotapes, consists of radio air checks, pre-recorded radio programs, rehearsals, and parts of opera performances.

The fifth series, Audio Discs-Archival, consists of recordings of rehearsals, auditions and radio air checks.

The sixth series, Audio Discs-Commercial, consists of individual 12”, 10” and 7” discs, as well as LP box sets. These are primarily opera music and folk songs.

Accession 2006.001 contains textual material relating to several productions, including:

  • Forbidden Journey (Film, 1950)
  • The King and I (Live musical performance, 1951)
  • Rigoletto (Live musical performance, 1952)
  • Songs of My People (Radio, 19531963)
  • La Boheme (Live musical performance, 1954)
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Live musical performance, 1955)
  • Rhapsody (Radio, 1959)
  • Stars Along My Path (Radio, 1961)
  • The Incredible Journey (Film, 1963)
  • The Shirley Harmer Show (Television, 1963)
  • The Sound of Music (Live musical performance, 1964)
  • Aida (Live musical performance, 1964)
  • Die Fledermaus (Live musical performance, 1964)
  • Cantando (Radio, 1965)
  • A European Lover (Live musical performance,1965)
  • Don Pasquale (Live musical performance, 1967)
  • Castle Zaremba (Television, 1970)
  • Orpheus in the Underworld (Live musical performance, 1970)
  • Across the Land (Live musical performances, 1970 – 1976)
  • Prologue to the Performing Arts (Live musical performances, 1970 – 1983)
  • Cosi Fan Tutte (Live musical performance, 1974)
  • King of Kensington (Television, 1975)
  • Lions For Breakfast (Film, 1975)
  • The Day My Granddad Died (Television, 1977)
  • A Night in Venice (Live musical performance, 1976)
  • Laterna Magika: The Lost Fairy Tale (Live musical performance, 19771978)
  • Seven Dreams (Live musical performance, 1978)
  • Lulu (Live musical performance, 1980)
  • Mr. Patman (Film, 1980)
  • Harvest (Television, 1980)
  • The Sound of Music (Live musical performance, 1980-1981)
  • The Amateur (Film, 1981)
  • Utilities (Film, 1981)
  • Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (Film, 1981)
  • Play Gypsies (Television, 19811982)
  • Barnardo Boy (Live musical performance, 1982)
  • Little Gloria Happy at Last (Television, 1982)
  • The Persecution and Assassination Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (Live musical performance, 1982?)
  • Cabaret (Live musical performance, 1983)
  • Labour of Love (Television, 1984)
  • Charlie Grant’s War (Television, 1984)
  • One Magic Christmas (Film, 1985)
  • Murder in Space (Television, 1985)
  • Kay O’Brien (Television, 1986)
  • Crossings (Television, 1986)
  • Edison Twins (Television, 1986)
  • Victor Jam Alive (Live musical performance, 1986)
  • Dead of Winter (Film, 1987)
  • Witches of Eastwick (Film, 1987)
  • The Kiss (Film, 1988)
  • The Elephant Show (Television, 1988)
  • The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (Film, 1988)
  • No Blame (Television, 1988)
  • Something about Love (Film, 1988)
  • Ariadne auf Naxos (Live musical performance, 1988)
  • Two Men (Television, 1988)
  • The Experts (Film, 1989)
  • War of the Worlds (Television, 1989)
  • Divided Loyalties (Film, 1989)
  • Katts and Dog (Television, 1989)
  • Blind Fear (Film, 1989)
  • Cold Front (Film, 1989)
  • E.N.G. (Television, 19891992)
  • Courage Mountain (Film, 1990)
  • Down Home (Film?, 1990)
  • Descending Angel (Television, 1990)
  • Life Goes On (Television, 1990)
  • Max Glick (Television, 1990)
  • Class Action (Film, 1991)
  • Deceived (Film, 1991)
  • Eric's World (Television, 1991)
  • Devlin (Television, 1992)
  • Angel Street (Television, 1992)
  • On My Own (Film, 1993)
  • Coming of Age (Television, 1993)
  • Maniac Mansion (Television, 1993)
  • The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (Television, 1994)
  • Lamb Chop and The Haunted Studio (Television, 1994)
  • The Birds II Film, (1994)
  • Mesmer (Film, 1994)
  • D2 The Mighty Ducks (Film, 1994)
  • Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (Television, 1995)
  • Twelve Dreams (Live musical performance, 1995)
  • Roommates (Film, 1995)
  • Color Grey (Live musical performance, 1995)
  • Side Effects (Television, 1995)
  • X-Files (Television, 1996)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (Film, 1997)
  • ER (Television, 1997)
  • The Third Twin (Television, 1997)
  • Never Too Late (Film, ca. 1997)
  • Due South (Television, 1997 – 1999)
  • Music From Another Room (Film, 1998)
  • Rescuers: Stories of Courage (Television, 1998)

Accession 2006.001 contains audiovisual material relating to several productions, including:

  • Jan Rubes Sings (Live musical performance, 1952)
  • Il Trovatore (Live musical performance, 1952)
  • Songs of My People (Radio, 19531963)
  • Parsifal (Live musical performance, 1955)
  • The Night Bell (Live musical performance, 1958)
  • The Incredible Journey (Film, 1963)
  • An Evening of Folk Songs with Jan Rubes (1963)
  • Marriage of Figaro (Live musical performance, 1964)
  • Castle Zaremba (Television, 1970)
  • Lions for Breakfast (Film, 1975)
  • Guess What? (Television, 1975)
  • The Day My Granddad Died (Television, 1977)
  • The Amateur (Film, 1981)
  • Charlie Grant’s War (Television, 1984)
  • Witness (Film, 1985)
  • One Magic Christmas (Film, 1985)
  • Crossings (Television, 1986)
  • Edison Twins (Television, 1986)
  • Witches of Eastwick (Film, 1987)
  • Something about Love (Film, 1988)
  • No Blame (Television, 1988)
  • Two Men (Television, 1988)
  • The Kiss (Film, 1988)
  • The Elephant Show (Television, 1988)
  • Cold Front (Film, 1989)
  • Blind Fear (Film, 1989)
  • The Experts (Film, 1989)
  • War of the Worlds (Television, 1989)
  • Divided Loyalties (Film, 1989)
  • Katts and Dog (Television, 1989)
  • Descending Angel (Television, 1990)
  • Courage Mountain (Film, 1990)
  • Down Home (Film,1990?)
  • Life Goes On (Television, 1990)
  • Class Action (Film, 1991)
  • On My Own (Film, 1993)
  • Coming of Age (Television, 1993)
  • Maniac Mansion (Television, 1993)
  • The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (Television, 1994)
  • D2 The Mighty Ducks (Film, 1994)
  • Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (Television, 1995)
Rights and access: 

A) No access restriction

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Language: 
English / Italian / German