We are very sorry to learn of the sudden death on Friday of Robert Tuggle, Director of Archives at the Metropolitan Opera for more than 34 years. He was 83, still at work on the day of his death.
Before reaching the Met, Bob worked in the education department of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, starting in 1957 when he was 24 years old. He knew all there was to know about opera history in New York.
Bob was one of the friendliest faces in an often crabby organisation. We worked together happily on researching Gustav Mahler’s brief period at the Met.
He had been working for some years on a biography of Kirsten Flagstad.
photo: Met archives
UPDATE: First appreciation here.