Richard Arsenty was educated at the University of Illinois in Biology Education and Library Science. After teaching for seven years at the high school, college and university levels, he went to work as a libretto translator for MRF Records in New Jersey, later becoming Science Reference Librarian at Purchase College near New York City. He translated more than 160 libretti for organizations such as Opera Orchestra of New York, The New York City Opera, The Waterloo Festival, Hungaraton Records, Orfeo Records and Opera Rara. His translations include all of Meyerbeer's operas. He died on 29 June 2013 after prolonged illness.Robert Ignatius Letellier was educated in Grahamstown, Cambridge, Salzburg, Rome and Jerusalem. He is a member of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, and the Institute for Continuing Education at Madingley Hall, Cambridge. His publications total over 70 items, including books and articles on the late-seventeenth-, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel (particularly the Gothic Novel and Sir Walter Scott), the Bible, and European culture. He has specialized in the Romantic opera, especially the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer (a four-volume English edition of his diaries, studies and analysis of his operas), Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, the opéra-comique, Ludwig Minkus and the Romantic Ballet.