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# 1814 FP of Beethoven's Opera Fidelio in its present form at the Kärntnertor Theater in Vienna.

There's a big event! Needless to say, I love this opera. I think it's safe to say this is Beethoven's greatest opera! :wink:

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# 1814 FP of Beethoven's Opera Fidelio in its present form at the Kärntnertor Theater in Vienna.

There's a big event! Needless to say, I love this opera. I think it's safe to say this is Beethoven's greatest opera! :wink:

German opera gets no better. Interestingly Gardiner thinks that it's first incarnation as Leonore was greater still.

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# 1737 FP of Duni's "Demofoonte" London.
# 1781 Birth of French hornist and composer Louis-Francois DAUPRAT in Paris. d-16 JUL 1868.
# 1803 FP of L. V. Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9 Kreutzer Sonata, violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven at the piano, in Vienna.
# 1808 FP of Isouard's "Un jour à Paris ou la leçon singulière" Paris.
# 1810 FP of Beethoven's Egmont Overture at the Hofburg Theater in Vienna.
# 1813 FP of Méhul's "Le prince troubadou" Paris.
# 1815 Birth of soprano Johanna Sophie LOEWE in Oldenburg. d-28 NOV 1866. Debut as Elisabeth in Otto Mese in Due Ore (Donizetti) 1832. Teachers were Giuseppe Ciccimarra, Francesco Lamperti. Created Elvira in Ernani (Verdi). Odabella in Attila (Verdi). Maria Padilla in Maria Padilla (Donizetti). Margherita in Adolfo di Warbel (Pacini).
# 1820 Birth of American hymn composert Francis Jane Fanny CROSBY in Putnam County, NY. d-Bridgeport, 12 FEB 1915.
# 1826 Death of German violinist and composer Friedrich Ernst Fesca in Karlsruhe. b-Magdeburg, 15 FEB 1789.
# 1831 Birth of English pianist Richard HOFFMAN in Manchester, England. Was teacher and Jenny Lind's accompanist. In 1847 he began a 50-year career with the New York Philharmonic Society. d-Mt. Kisco, NY 17 ? 1909. Father of American sculptor Malvina Hoffman.
# 1831 Death of singer, organist and publisher Benjamin Carr in Philadelphia.
# 1833 FP of Marschner's opera Hans Heiling at the Königliches Opernhaus in Berlin.
# 1834 FP of Auber's "Lestocq, ou L'intrigue et l'amour" Paris.
# 1848 Death of German composer and poet Annette von Droste-Hulshoff in Mersburg-Bodensee. b-suburban Munster, Westphalia, 14 JAN 1797.
# 1859 FP Charles Gounod’s Ave Maria. Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho sang in Paris.
# 1873 FP of Delibes' "Le roi l'a dit" Paris.
# 1874 FP of Hallström's "Den Bergtagna" Stockholm.
# 1876 Birth of French bass Louis AZEMA in Agde Heraut. d-14 JAN 1963. Debut in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1901. Teacher was Jacques Isnardon.
# 1878 Birth of Belgian tenor Charles FONTAINE in Antwerp. d-8 JUN 1955. He made his début in his home town and went to Covent Garden in 1909. The favorable notices only mentioned his acting. In 1911, he appeared at the O-CO., and for the next three years divided his time between Paris and various Belgian theatres. In 1918 he sang with the Chicago Opera and appeared at the Lexington Theatre in NYC. He remained active in Paris through the 1920s, and the French provinces at Bordeaux. Teachers were Desire Demest, Lucien Muratore. Created Vitellius in Herodaide (Massenet). Sang in FP of Beatrice (Messager). Gismonda (Fevrier).
# 1879 Birth of French soprano Suzanne CESBRON-VISEUR. d-27 AUG 1967.
# 1886 Birth of French conductor and composer Paul PARAY in Le Tréport. d-Monte Carlo, 10 OCT 1979.
# 1888 Soprano Nellie Melba makes her London debut in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden.
# 1893 FP of Saint-Saëns' "Phryné" Paris (1893) with Sybil Sanderson (s) (1865- 1903).
# 1894 Birth of German baritone Heinrich REHKEMPER in Schwerte. d-30 DEC 1949. Debut as Reich in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 19 MAR 1919. Created Mr. Heedless in Torneo Notturno (Malipiero).
# 1896 Birth of Danish opera composer and conductor Johan HYE-KNUDSEN in Nyborg. d-Copenhagen, 28 SEP 1975. Was conductor of Copenhagen's Royal Danish Theater and also conducted the Royal Danish Orchestra.
# 1898 FP of Smyth's "Fantasio" Weimar.
# 1899 FP of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon in Paris, with Georgette Bréjean-Silver.
# 1903 Birth of Swedish composer Hilding HALLNäS. d-1984. His music is similar to that of his better known contemporaries Hilding Rosenberg and Gösta Nystroem.
# 1906 FP of Delius' Sea Drift in Essen, Germany.
# 1906 FP of Braunfels' "Falada" Essen.
# 1910 Birth of English soprano Victoria SLADEN in London. d-13 SEP 1989. Debut as Giulietta in Contes D'Hoffmann (Offenbach) 1942. Teachers were Ernst Grenzebach, Mme Mendel. Created Donna Luisa in Duenna (Gerhard).
# 1911 FP of Sir Edward Elgar's Second Symphony. Elgar conducts in London.
# 1912 Birth of New Zealand soprano Dame Joan HAMMOND in Christchurch. d-Bowral, Australia, 26 NOV 1996 of heart failure. She was trained as a violinist in Sydney. Debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1932. Teacher was Dino Borgioli. Pupils were Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright.
# 1914 Birth of Italian baritone Giuseppe VALDENGO in Turin. Studied in Turin, début Parma, 1936. Sang at Milan, and Glyndebourne, London, Paris, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. MET: Début Dec. 19, 1947 [Tonio] Pagliacci, 7 seasons (1947-54) 120 perf., 18 works. Teacher was Michele Accoriuto. Pupil was Alessandro Cobelli. Created Lawyer in View from Bridge (Rossellini).
# 1918 FP of Bela Bartók's opera Bluebeard's Castle at the Budapest Opera.
# 1919 Death of Russian pianist and composer Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova in Petrograd. b-St. Petersburg, 19 OCT 1848.
# 1921 Birth of Italian tenor Giuseppe ZAMPIERI in Verona. d-11 NOV 1981. (Comprimario) MET Opera Début, 26 NOV 1961. [Cavaradosi] Tosca, 1 season (1961-62) 1 perf., 1 work. Teachers were Barona Barra, Gina Cigna.
# 1924 Birth of Czech soprano Milada SUBRTOVA in Lohta. Debut 1945. Teacher was Zdenek Knittl. Created Io in Torch of Prometheus (Hanus). Sang in FP of The Invincible (Kalas).
# 1924 Birth of composer Donald AIRD. Aird Composers Competition.
# 1926 Death of Polish tenor Nikolaus Rothmuhl. b-Warsaw, 23 MAR 1874. Teacher was Joseph Gansbacher. Pupils were Johannes Sembach, Eduard Lichtenstein,Erik Schmedes, Adolf Loeltgen, Meta Seinemeyer.
# 1927 Birth of Polish soprano Jadwiga WYSOCZANSKA in Prague. Debut as Marie in Bartered Bride (Smetana) 1947. Teachers were Marta Krasova, J. Logacevova.
# 1927 Birth of Italian bass Paolo WASHINGTON in Florence. MET Opera Début 30 MAR 1979 [Pasquale] Don Pasquale, 1 seasons (1978-79) 2 perf., 1 role. Debut 1951. Teachers were Bruno Bartoletti, Flaminio Contini.
# 1930 Birth of German flutist and composer Hans-Martin LINDE in Werne, Westphalia.
# 1932 Birth of soprano Elaine MALBIN.
# 1936 Birth of American pianist and composer Harold BUDD, in L.A. CA.
# 1936 Death of Italian soprano Claudia Muzio. b-Pavia, 7 FEB 1889. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 15 Jan 1910. Teachers were Elettra Callery-Viviani, Annetta Casaloni, Dino Bigalli. Created Giorgetta in Tabarro (Puccini). Cecilia in Cecilia (Refice). Gisca in Abisso (Smareglia). Sang in FP of Baronessa di Carini (Mule). Melenis (Zandonai).
# 1937 FP of Hau's "Tartuffe" Basel.
# 1939 FP of Elliott Carter's ballet Pocahontas at the Martin Beck Theater in NYC. Fritz Kitzinger conducting.
# 1941 Birth of German composer Konrad BOEHMER in Berlin.
# 1944 Death of bass Paul Aumonier. b-1874. Created Marduck in Pyrame et Thysbe (Tremiset).
# 1947 Birth of American composer Michael G. HORWOOD in Buffalo, NY.
# 1947 Birth of Luke RITTNER, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Dancing.
# 1948 FP of Benjamin Britten's orchestration of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera in Cambridge, England.
# 1952 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Fiona KIMM in Ipswich. Debut as 3rd Lady in Zauberflote 1978. Teachers were Peter Harrison, Merial St Clair, Lydon van der Pump. Created Wife/Doreen/Waitress/Sphinx in Greek (Turnage). Mother in East & West (McQueen). Sang in premiere of Kate Kelly's Road (Cowie).
# 1955 Birth of American composer Philip FRIED in NYC.
# 1957 FP of Gardner's "The Moon and Sixpence" London.
# 1957 FP of G. Antheil's "Venus in Africa" Denver.
# 1960 Birth of English conductor Paul McCREESH. Founded the Gabrieli Consort and Players.
# 1962 Death of mezzo-soprano Cloe Elmo. b-Lecce, 9 APR 1910. Debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1935. Teachers were Edvige Ghibaudo, Pedrini, Rinolfi. Created Moraima in Re Hassan (Ghedini). Kabanova in Uragnano (Rocca). Goneril in Re Lear (Frazzi). Marfa in Prosperina y el Extranjero (Castro).
# 1968 Death of American composer Bernard Rogers at age 75, in Rochester, NY. b-NYC, 4 FEB 1893.
# 1969 FP of Per Norgaard's Voyage into the Golden Screen.
# 1970 Birth of baritone Michael CHIOLDI.
# 1970 FP of Andrzej Panufnik's Universal Prayer for soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass soloists, chorus, 3 harps, and organ, composed 1968-69. Leopold Stokowski conducting at St. John the Divine Cathedral in NYC.
# 1974 Death of American composer Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington in NYC at age 73. b-Washington, DC 29 APR 1899.
# 1975 Death of English baritone Redvers Llewellyn. b-Briton Ferry Glamorgan, 1902. Teacher was Oscar Daniel. Pupils were Delme Bryn-Jones, Gwynne Howell, Paul Hudson, Rita Hunter, Stephen Roberts, Myron Burnett. Created John in Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams). John Socman in John Socman (Lloyd G).
# 1996 Death of American composer Jacob Druckman at age 67, in New Haven, CT. b-26 JUN 1928.

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# 1919 Death of Russian pianist and composer Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova in Petrograd. b-St. Petersburg, 19 OCT 1848.

aka Rimsky-Korsakov. Important influence on Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Part of the Russian "Group of Five". I remember him because I had to learn "Flight of the Bumblebee" in my high school orchestra.

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# 1919 Death of Russian pianist and composer Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova in Petrograd. b-St. Petersburg, 19 OCT 1848.

aka Rimsky-Korsakov. Important influence on Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Part of the Russian "Group of Five". I remember him because I had to learn "Flight of the Bumblebee" in my high school orchestra.

...Free downloads of which may be found here:

http://www.classiccat.net/rimsky-korsakov_n/57.htm

Try also YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41DykcpgRg

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smileyman wrote:
# 1919 Death of Russian pianist and composer Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova in Petrograd. b-St. Petersburg, 19 OCT 1848.

aka Rimsky-Korsakov. Important influence on Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Part of the Russian "Group of Five". I remember him because I had to learn "Flight of the Bumblebee" in my high school orchestra.

...Free downloads of which may be found here:

Try also YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41DykcpgRg


Dang. We didn't play it nearly that fast. :oops:

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# 1715 FP of Handel's opera Amadigi di Gauli at the King's Theater in London.
# 1723 FP of Handel's opera Flavio, re de' Langobardi.
# 1746 Birth of English soprano Isabella MATTOCKS in London. d-25 JUN 1826. Created Louisa in Duenna (Linley T / Linley T). Lucinda in Love in a Village (Arne T). Theodosia in Maid of the Mill (Arnold S).
# 1775 FP of Bianchi's "Eurione" Paris.
# 1779 FP of T. Arne's "All Alive at Jersey" in London. Composed in collaboration with M. Arne & Howard.
# 1806 Death of Austrian soprano Barbara Gerl. b-Vienna, 1770. Created Papagena in Zauberflote (Mozart).
# 1825 Birth of German soprano Rosa Von MILDE-AGTHE in Weimar. d-25 JUN 1906. Debut 1845. Teacher was August Gotze. Pupil was Marie Ekeblad. Created Elsa in Lohengrin (Wagner). Margiani in Barbier von Bagdad (Cornelius). Chimene in Cid (Cornelius).
# 1849 Birth of American composer Thomas 'Blind Tom' BETHUNE. d-1908.
# 1849 FP of Lortzing's "Rolands Knappen" Leipzig.
# 1853 FP of F. Ricci's "Il paniere d'amore" Vienna.
# 1863 Birth of French song and opera composer Camille ERLANGER in Paris. d-Paris, 24 APR 1919. Opera, "Le Juif polonais" (Paris, 1900); "Kermaria" (Paris, 1897); "Le juif polonais" (Paris, 1900); "Le Fils de l'etoile" (Paris, 1904); "Aphrodite" (Paris, 1906); "Bacchus triomphant" (Bordeaux, 1909); "L'Aube rouge" (Rouen, !911); "La sorcière" (Paris, 1912); ""Le Barvier de Deauville" (1917); "Forfaiture" (1921).
# 1869 Vienna State Opera House, aka Ringstrasse opens with Mozart's Don Giovanni sung in German. FP at this Opera house, on the Ringstrasse, in Vienna, which opened with this gala performance of Don Giovanni. Known as the opera house on the Ring, the building had taken eight years and five months to build, and had claimed two lives...its architects, August von Siccardsburg and Eduare van der Nüil, committed suicide when the Emperor Franz Joseph complained that the steps at the entrance were too shallow.
# 1870 FP of Leo Delibes ballet Coppelia in Paris.
# 1878 FP of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore at Opera-Comique in London.
# 1882 Birth of Dutch bass-baritone Alfons SCHüTZENDORF in Holland. d-Weimar, AUG 1946. Teachers were Giuseppe Borgatti, Franz Wullner.
# 1888 Birth of Russian composer and pianist Anatoli ALEXANDROV in Moscow. d-Moscow, 16 APR 1982. Opera, "Bela" (Moscow,1946), "Wild Bara" (Moscow, 1957).
# 1889 Birth of Nowegian composer Sverre JORDAN in Oslo. d-Bergin, 10 JAN 1972.
# 1889 Birth of Argentinian composer Gilardo GILARDI. d-Argentina, 1963. Opera, "Ilse" (Buenos Aires,1923); "La Leyenda de Urutaú" (Buenos Aires, 1934).
# 1898 Birth of Russian composer and pianist Mischa LEVITSKI aka Mischa LEVITZKI.
# 1900 Death of Italian baritone Giuseppe del Puente in Philadelphia. Popular as Figaro and Toreador. b-Naples, 30 JAN 1841. Pupil was Joseph Carl Breil.
# 1901 Birth of American composer and choral conductor Max HELFMAN. d-1963.
# 1908 Opening of New Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires with a performance of Verdi's Aida.
# 1910 Birth of Italian baritone Scipio COLOMBO in Vicenza. Debut as Marcello in Boheme (Puccini) 1937. Teachers were Giuseppe De Luca, Giuseppe Venturini. Created Prisoner in Prigoniero (Dallapiccola). Bonaventura in Metamorfosi di Bonaventura (Malipiero). Sang in premiere of Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc)
# 1910 FP of Claude Debussy's piano Preludes with Voiles. Debussy at piano in Paris.
# 1914 FP of Andreae's "Ratcliff" Duisburg.
# 1916 Death of Sedish soprano Alma Hulting. b-Karlesborg, Sweden 1867. Debut 1893. Teacher was Fritz Arlberg, Enrico Delle Sedie.
# 1917 Birth of Irish conductor and broadcaster John Havelock NELSON in Cork, Northern Ireland. d-6 AUG 1996.
# 1917 Birth of German-American baritone Heinz REHFUSS in Frankfurt. d-Buffalo, NY, 27 JUN 1988. Debut 1938. Teachers were Carl Rehfuss(father), Florentine Rehfuss-Peichert (mother). Created Oronte in Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (Martin). Sang in FP of Intolleranza (Nono).
# 1917 Death of Polish bass Eduard De Reszke. b-Warsaw, 22 DEC 1853. Created Re in Aida (Verdi) 22 Feb 1876. Teachers were Alba, Ciaffei, Filippo Coletti, Jean de Reszke, Giovanni Sbriglia, Steller. Pupil was Emanuel List. Created Don Diego in Cid (Massenet). Ruben in Figliuol Prodigo (Ponchielli). Gilberto in Maria Tudor (Gomes). Duc D'Albe in Patrie (Paladilhe). King in Elda (Catalani). Colonel in Lady of Longford (Bach E). Sang in FP of Elaine (Bemberg).
# 1925 Birth of Austrian soprano Rita BARTOS in Vienna. d-1985.
# 1925 Birth of Italian composer Aldo CLEMENTI.
# 1929 Birth of American soprano Beverly SILLS aka Belle Miriam "Bubbles" Silverman, in Brooklyn, NYC. Director NY Civic Opera from 1979 to 1989. Chairwoman of Lincoln Center 1994 to April 2002. MET Opera Début 8 JUL 1966 [Anna] Don Giovanni, 6 seasons (1965-66, 74-79) 69 perf. 6 works. Debut as Frasquita in Carmen (Bizet) 1946. Teachers were Estelle Liebling, Mary Garden, Rosa Ponselle, Amelita Galli-Curci. Created Juana la Loca in Juana La Loca (Menotti). Coloratura in 6 Characters in Search of Author (Weisgall).
# 1930 FP of Antheil's "Transatlantic" Frankfurt.
# 1931 Birth of Polish bass Wlodzimierz DENYSENKO in Chorzow. Debut as Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1952. Teacher was Waclaw Brzezinski.
# 1932 Birth of Canadian baritone Norman MITTELMANN in Winnipeg. MET Operra Début 28 OCT 1961 [Herald] Lohengrin, 9 seasons (1961-65, 73-75, 76-77, 83-84, 85-86) 85 perf., 14 roles, 13 works. Debut as Marcel in Boheme (Puccini) 1958. Teacher's were Enzo Mascherini, Martial Singher.
# 1934 Death of English composer Gustav Holst in London. b-Cheltenham, 21 SEP 1874.
# 1937 Birth of German bass-baritone Dieter WELLER in Essen. MET Opera Début 13 OCT 1976 [Beckmesser] Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 3 seasons (1976-77, 79-80, 84-85) 32 perf., 3 works. Debut 1963. Teacher was Erwin Rottgen. Created Lothar & Sigismund in Sandman (Kounadis). Argan in Eingebildete Kranke (Wolpert).
# 1938 Birth of Italian tenor Franco BONISOLLI in Rovereto. d-Vienna, 30 OCT 2003. Won the International Song Contest at Spoleto. Début [Ruggiero] in Puccini's La Rondine, at the Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto (1962). Prince in Prokofiev's L'Amour des trois oranges. [Nemorino] Elisir d'amore, [Rodolfo] La Bohème, the [Duke] Rigoletto, [Des Grieux] Manon, Offenbach's Hoffmann, [Giacomo] Rossin's La Donna del Lago, and [Cleomene] in Rossini's L'Assedio di Corint. U.S. début San Diego Opera, [Alfredo] with Monserrat Caballé as his [Violetta] (1965); Vienna State Opera (1968); San Francisco Opera (1969); Scottish Opera (1969; La Scala début (1969); Opera of Paris, I Vespri Siciliani (1974); In Vienna Bonisolli abandoned the cast of Il Trovatore under Karajan, during a rehearsal with the public in attendance, he left the stage in a fury and was replaced by Domingo) (1978); London, CG (1981); Berlin Opera, La Fanciulla del West (1982). Vienna State Opera, where he repeated his [Manrico] and [Loris] in Giordano's Fedora. MET Opera debut 24 FEB 1971, [Almaviva] Il Barbiere di Siviglia, 5 seasons (1970-72, 86-88, 89- 90) 25 perf., 7 works. Debut as Ruggero in Rondine (Puccini) 1962. Teacher was Alfredo Lattaro. Biography.
# 1938 Birth of Rumanian soprano Maria SLATINARU in Jassy. MET Opera Début 11 NOV 1986 [Tosca] Tosca, 1 season (1986-87) 2 perf., 1 work. Debut as Elisabeth in Don Carlos (Verdi) 1969. Teacher were Aurel Alexandrescu, Arta Florescu.
# 1939 At the original Madison Square Garden in New York City, 18,000 people waited to hear a recital by pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski. However the former premier of Poland, at the age of 78, could not perform suffering from arthritis.
# 1944 Benefit concert at the original Madison Square Garden in NYC. Arturo Toscanini conducts the combined NBC Symphony and New York Philharmonic in music by Wagner, Verdi, and Sousa. It raised $100,000 for the Red Cross. During an intermission auction, New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia auctioned off Toscanini's baton for $10,000.
# 1946 Death of Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura. b-Tokyo, 1884. First internationaly known Japanese soprano to travel widely. Popular in the United States. She took her first lessons in Tokyo where she made her début [Santuzza] Cavaleria Rusticana (1914). In 1915, she sang in Boston [Cio-Cio-San] Madama Butterfly. She sang with Beecham during WW-I, and returned to the U.S. to sing for two seasons with the Chicago Opera. In 1920, she sang at the Monte Carlo Opera, Barcelona, Florence, and at Rome. After 1930, she spent most of her time in Japan.
# 1948 FP of Benjamin Britten's The Beggar's Opera based on John Gays work at Arts Theater in Cambridge England.
# 1953 FP of Marc Blitzstein's musical The Harpies at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC.
# 1953 FP of Fortner's "Die Bluthochzeit" Cologne.
# 1955 Birth of American composer Eric CHASALOW.
# 1956 Birth of American composer David P. SARTOR.
# 1957 Birth of American composer Charles Roland BERRY.
# 1957 Birth of Canadian composer Aris CARASTATHIS.
# 1959 Birth of Czech composer and painter Vladimír FRANZ.
# 1961 FP of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's opera Il Mercante di Venzia 'The Merchant of Venice' at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, Italy. With soprano Rosanna Carteri.
# 1962 FP of Anton Webern's Im Sommerwind (1904), at the First International Anton von Webern Festival at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
# 1966 Death of French baritone Andre Bauge. b-Toulouse, 4 JAN 1893. Debut as Frederic in Lakme (Delibes) APR 1917. Teachers were Anna Tariol-Bauge (Mother) Alphonse Bauge (father). Sang in FP of Beatrice (Messager).
# 1974 Death of English organist Arnold Grier at Great Bookham, Surrey, at age 86.
# 1981 Death of American soprano Rosa Ponselle. b-Meriden, CT 22 JAN 1897. Debut as Leonora in Forza del Destino (Verdi) 15 Nov 1918. Teachers were Romano Romani, William Thorner. Pupils were Lilli Chookasian, Sherrill Milnes, James Morris, Beverly Sills, James Atherton, Spiro Malas. Created Carmelita in Legend (Breil).
# 1984 FP of Stockhausen's opera Samstag von Licht 'Saturday from Light', at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
# 1995 Death of Argentinian soprano Adelaide Saraceni. b-Rosario, 25 NOV 1895. Debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1920. Teacher was Edwige Ghibaudo. Pupils were Umberto Grilli, Valerie Masterson, Emilia Ravaglia, Belen Amparan. Sang in FP of Vedova Scaltra (Wolf-Ferrari). Maristella (Pietra). Campana Sommersa (Respighi).
# 2001 FP of Philip Glass' Voices for pipe organ, two didgeridoos, clap sticks and narrator. Didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins, Calvin Bowman, organ; Ron Murray, second didgeridoo and clapsticks; and Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin, narrator. Celebrating the refurbishment of the grand organ at town hall in Melbourne, Australia.
# 2001 FP of E. P. Salonen's Fanfare for Betty dedicated to 80-year old music patron, Betty Freeman. Los Angeles Philharmonic, composer conducting.
# 2001 FP of David Ward-Steinman's Millennium Dances for percussion and orchestra. Soloist John Flood and the San Diego Symphony, Jung-Ho Pak conducting.

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>># 1944 Benefit concert at the original Madison Square Garden in NYC. Arturo Toscanini conducts the combined NBC Symphony and New York Philharmonic in music by Wagner, Verdi, and Sousa. It raised $100,000 for the Red Cross. During an intermission auction, New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia auctioned off Toscanini's baton for $10,000. <<

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>># 1944 Benefit concert at the original Madison Square Garden in NYC. Arturo Toscanini conducts the combined NBC Symphony and New York Philharmonic in music by Wagner, Verdi, and Sousa. It raised $100,000 for the Red Cross. During an intermission auction, New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia auctioned off Toscanini's baton for $10,000. <<

Wow!


Must be nice to be able to spend $10,000 on a stick of wood!

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# 1591 Birth of Dutch organist, harpsichordist and composer Janszoon SWEELINCK in Amsterdam. d-Amsterdam, 16 OCT 1621.
# 1595 (27th)Death of Italian priest and composer Filippo Neri in Rome. b-Florence 21 JUL 1515.
# 1601 Death of Italian composer Costanzo PORTA in Cremona.
# 1651 FP of Cavalli's "La Calisto" Venice.
# 1690 Death of Italian organist and conductor Giovanni Legrenzi in Venice. b-Clusone, 12 AUG 1626.
# 1696 Death of German composer Heinrich Schwemmer in Nuremberg.
# 1731 (JC, GC 6 JUN) Renaming of London's 'Academy for Vocal Music' as The Academy of Ancient Music. Johann Christoph Pepusch was artistic director.
# 1773 Birth of Swiss composer and publisher Johann Hans NAGELI in Wetziken. d-Wetziken, 26 DEC 1836.
# 1776 Birth of bass Joseph Adrien MARTIN in Liege. d-18 NOV 1822. Sang in FP of Pretendus (Lemoyne). Nephte (Lemoyne). Pommiers et la Moulin (Lemoyne). Demophon (Vogel. Oedipe a Thebe (Froid de Mereux). Astyanax (Kreutzer).
# 1778 FP of Gossec's "La Fête de village" Paris.
# 1782 Birth of Austrian composer Joseph DRECHSLER in Wällisch- Birken. d-Vienna, 27 FEB 1852. Operas, (6) "Die Feldmühle" (singspiel, 1812); "Pauline" (opera, Vienna, 1821); Operetta: (30).
# 1803 FP of Paer's "Sargino, ossia L'Allievo dell'amour" Dresden.
# 1868 Death of Czech soprano Caroline Grunbaum. b-Prague, 18 MAR 1814. Debut Emmeline in Schweizerfamilie (Weigl) 1828. Teacher was Therese Grunbaum (mother). Created Anna in Hans Heiling (Marschner).
# 1872 Birth of Russian tenor Leonid SOBINOV in Yaroslavl. d-14 OCT 1934. Teachers were A. M. Dodonov, Alexandrovna Santagano-Gorchakova.
# 1885 Birth of Italian composer Leonardo PACINI in Pistoia. d-13 APR 1937. Opera, "Alla Muda" (1924); "Mirta" and operetta: "Il Pirata" (1927).
# 1886 Birth of American composer Alice BARNETT. d-1975. Not to be confused with English contralto Alice Barnett.
# 1889 Birth of Swedish tenor Aroldo LINDI aka Gustav Harald Lindau in Tuna, now Vimmerby, Sweden. d-San Francisco, 8 MAR 1944. Obituary. Came to Boston to study c. 1900. Was an auto painter and piano mover. His first appearances were in musical comedy, then he sang in a production of Aida. Sang at Hamburg, Rimini, Lisbon, Genoa, La Scala, Covent Garden, and the San Carlo Opera Co, Buffalo, Toronto, Milwaukee, Spokane, Los Angelis, San Francisco. While singing in I pagliacci, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died in full view of the audience, the orchestra continues to the end of the act, the audience and orchestra unaware that Lindi is dead of a heart attack. Recorded Aida on 78's, which included 18 discs, his only complete opera recording.
# 1893 Birth of English composer and conductor Sir Eugene GOOSENS III, in London. Father and Grandfather also conductors and composers share same name. d-Hillingdon, 13 JUN 1962. From English musical family of Belgian descent. Both his father and grandfather were conductors and one of his brothers was a world renowned oboist. As a composer on par with Sir William Walton but was better known as a conductor. He conducted for the British National Opera Company and the Ballets Russe then posts at Covent garden, Rochester, NY, Phil. (1923-34); Cincinnati Sym. (1931-47), and others. Opera, "Judith" (London, 1929); "Don Juan de Mañara" (London, CG, 1937).
# 1898 Birth of American composer, pianist and conductor Ernst BACON in Chicago. d-Orinda, CA 16 MAR 1990.
# 1904 Birth of French pianist Vlado PERLEMUTER. d-Paris, 4 SEP 2002.
# 1912 Death of Belgian composer Jan Blockx in Kapellenbos. b-Antwerp, 25 JAN 1851.
# 1914 FP of Stravinsky's Le Rosignol by Ballet Russe in Paris.
# 1916 Birth of American composer Louis 'Moondog' HARDIN in Marysville, KS. d-1999.
# 1917 Birth of Swiss-Austrian soprano Inge (Simon) BORKH in Mannheim. MET Opera Début, 24 JAN 1958 [Salome] Salome, 3 seasons (1957-58, 60-61, 70-71) 22 perf. 5 roles. Debut as Czipra in Zigeunerbaron (Strauss) 1940. Teachers were Muratti, Simon, Alexander Welitsch. Pupil was Manfred Capell. Created Queen in Ashmedia (Tal). Cathleen in Irische Legend (Egk). Zulieda in Alcestiad (Talma).
# 1923 FP of Edward Joseph Collins´ Tragic Overture (1914) and Maardi Gras performed was part of the finalists' concert of the North Shore Festival competition for new works for orchestra at Northwestern University. Chicago Symphony was conducted by Frederick Stock Collins. The overture won the $1000 first prize.
# 1924 Death of Irish-American composer and cellist Victor Herbert in NYC. b-Dublin, 1 FEB 1859.
# 1925 Birth of Dutch composer and organist Willem Hendrik ZWART in Zaandam. d-Kampen, 29 APR 1997.
# 1926 Birth of American tenor and conductor Herbert HANDT in Philadelphia. PA. Debut as. Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci (Puccini). Teachers were Julius Patzak, Hans Swarowsky. Created Zuckertanz in Maria Golovin (Menotti). Sang in FP of Persefone (Lupi). Venere Prigionera (Malipiero).
# 1926 Birth of Austrian-born British composer Joseph HOROVITZ.
# 1926 FP of George Auric´s ballet La Pastorale in Paris.
# 1928 FP of Schubert's "Die Freunde von Salamanka" singspiel, Halle.
# 1932 FP of Moore's Mary "Rizzio" Los Angeles.
# 1937 Birth of Roumanian-American composer Yehuda YANNAY.
# 1937 Birth of Finnish baritone Kari NURMELA in Viipuri. d-Warsaw, 21 JAN 1984. Debut as Di Luna in Trovatore (Verdi) 1961.
# 1937 Birth of soprano Elaine MANCHET in Mali. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1966. Teacher was Marcelle Bunlet.
# 1938 Birth of Canadian soprano Teresa STRATAS in Toronto. MET Opera Début, 28 OCT 1959 [Poussette] Manon, 25 seasons (1959- 74, 77-82, 89-90, 91-92, 93-96) 381 perf., 41 roles, 36 works. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1958. Teachers were Barbini, Hermann Geiger-Torel, Irene Jessner. Created Marie Antoinette in Ghost of Versailles (Corigliano). Nausicaa in Nausicaa (Glanville-Hicks). Isabella in Atlantida (De Falla).
# 1938 Birth of American composer and pianist William BOLCOM in Seattle, WA.
# 1946 Death of Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura. b-Tokyo, 22 FEB 1884. Debut as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). Teachers were Junker, Petzold, Sarcoli.
# 1948 Birth of Iranian conductor and composer Ali RAHBARI in Varamin.
# 1953 FP of Stockhausen's Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments, in Cologne.
# 1955 Birth of American composer Janika VANDERVELDE.
# 1958 Birth of English composer Howard GOODALL.
# 1959 Death of bass-baritone Ferdinand Frantz. b-Cassel, 8 FEB 1906. Debut as Ortel in Meistersingers (Wagner) 1927.
# 1963 FP of Lou Harrison's Pacifika Rondo for an orchestra of Western and Oriental instruments, at the University of Hawaii.
# 1964 FP of A. Copland's Music for a Great City from filmscore Something Wild. London Symphony conducted by the Copland.
# 1967 FP of George Crumb's Echoes of Time and the River- Four Processionals for Orchestra, Pulitzer Prize for Music [1967], in Chicago.
# 1973 Birth of American composer Armando BAYOLO.
# 1976 Death of English soprano Maggie Teyte. b-Wolverhampton, 17 APR 1888. Debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1907. Teacher was Jean De Reszke. Pupils were Michelle Bonhomme, Nancy Evans, Adele Leigh, Dorothy Dorow. Created Princess in Perfect Fool (Holst). Glycere in Circe (Hillemacher).
# 1978 Death of Russian soprano Elena Stepanova. b-Moscow, 17 MAY 1891. Debut as Antonida in Ivan Susannin (Glinka) 1912. Teacher was Polli. Created Princess Swan in Legend of Czar Sultan (Rimsky-Korsakov).
# 1982 Death of Swedish soprano Nanny Larsen-Todsen. b-2 Aug 1884 Hageby, 2 AUG 1884. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1906. Teacher was Oskar Lejdstrom. Pupils were Sir Ericsdotter, Barbro Ericson, Anders Naslund.
# 1987 Death of bass Robert Easton. b-Sunderland, 8 JUN 1898. Debut as Fafner in Siegfried (Wagner) 1935. Teachers were Bozelli, Dinh Gilly, Norman Notly, Harry Plunkett-Greene.
# 1990 FP of Philip Glass' chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox poems by Allen Ginsberg. Philip Glass ensemble conducted by Martin Goldray. A staged version presented at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. A concert version was premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia on 29 APR 1990.
# 1993 Death of Dutch composer Cor de Groot in suburban Hilversum. b-Amsterdam, 7 JUL 1914.
# 2001 FP of H. Birtwistle´s Tango for Betty dedicated music patron, Betty Freeman. Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.
# 2002 FP of Henry Brant's Ghosts and Gargoyles for solo flute and flute ensemble. Robert Aitken and the New Music Concerts Ensemble, conducted by the composer in Toronto, Canada.
# 2005 Death of American pianist Ruth Laredo in NYC. aka Ruth Meckler Laredo. b-Detroit, MI 20 NOV 1937.

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"# 1889 Birth of Swedish tenor Aroldo LINDI aka Gustav Harald Lindau in Tuna, now Vimmerby, Sweden. d-San Francisco, 8 MAR 1944. While singing in I pagliacci, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died in full view of the audience, the orchestra continues to the end of the act, the audience and orchestra unaware that Lindi is dead of a heart attack. Recorded Aida on 78's, which included 18 discs, his only complete opera recording."

What a way to go!

"1916 Birth of American composer Louis "Moondog' Hardin"

There's a strange character, a blind street musician who got the attention of some important people. Peter Schickele used to play his music on Schickele Mix.

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Brian wrote:
There's a strange character, a blind street musician who got the attention of some important people. Peter Schickele used to play his music on Schickele Mix.

yes quite a character...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondog

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# 1690 Death of Italian composer Giovanni Legrenzi in Venice. b-12 AUG 1626.
# 1797 Death of German tenor Anton Raaff, (Raaf) friend of Mozart, who wrote the part of Idomeneo for him.
# 1799 Birth of French composer Jacques Louis HALEVY in Paris. d-Nice, 17 APR 1862.
# 1801 Birth of Italian baritone Domenico COSSELLI in Parma. d-9 NOV 1855. Created Henry Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti). Olivo in Olivo e Pasquale (Donizetti). Azzo d'Este in Parisina (Donizetti). Akebare in Paria (Carafa). Cederico di Rotherwood in Ivanhoe (Pacini). Arnoldo in Carlo di Borgogna (Pacini). Naballe in Erode (Mercadante). Don Fernando in Caritea. Regina di Spagna (Mercadante).
# 1819 Birth of American composerand writer Julia Ward HOWE who composed text to Battle Hymn of the Republic.
# 1822 Birth of Swiss-German composer Joseph Joachim RAFF in Lachen. d-Frankfurt 24 JUN 1882.
# 1837 FP of Balfe's "Catherine Grey" in English in London.
# 1840 Death of Italian composer and violinist Nicolo Paganini in Nice, age 57. b-Genoa, 27 OCT 1782.
# 1854 Birth of German composer, pianist and teacher Paul PABST in Konigsburg. d-Moscow, 9 JUN 1897.
# 1866 Birth of American baritone Arthur van EWEYK in Milwaukee. d-1929.
# 1868 Birth of German soprano Marie Wittich. d- SEP 1931. Teacher was Ubrich. Created Salome in Salome (Strauss).
# 1876 Birth of tenor Angelo Bada in Novara. d-23 MAR 1941. Debut 1898 Created Trin in Fanciulla del West (Puccini). Tinca in Tabarro (Puccini). Gherardo in Gianni Schicci (Puccini). MET Opera Début 16 NOV 1908 [Messenger] Aida, 30 seasons (1908-38) 2171 perf., 103 roles, 84 works.
# 1878 Birth of excentric dancer Isadora DUNCAN. d-1927.
# 1878 Birth of soprano Mary Hagen in Diez an der Lahn. d-12 NOV 1944. Debut 1898. Teachers were Etelka Gerster, Muschler, Selma Nicklass-Kempner.
# 1888 Birth of French composer, member of Les Six, Louis DUREY in Paris. d-3 JUL 1979.
# 1891 Birth of French-Canadian composer Claude CHAMPAGNE. d-21 DEC 1965.
# 1896 Birth of American composer Robert BRAINE. d-1940.
# 1902 Birth of American composer and pianist Celius DOUGHERTY. d-1986.
# 1906 Birth of German tenor Herbert Ernst GROH. d-28 JUL 1982.
# 1906 FP of Mahler's Sixth Symphony at Essen, Germany, composer conducting.
# 1907 Birth of Dutch pianist and choral conductor Felix de NOBEL, in Haarlem. Director of Netherlands Chamber Choir 1939-1973.
# 1907 Birth of Italian soprano Lina PAGLIUGHI in NYC. d-1 OCT 1980. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1927. Teachers were Gaetano Bavagnoli, Brescia. Pupils were Birgit Nordin, Wilma Driessen. Sang in FP of Viaggio d'Europa (Rieti).
# 1908 Birth of American composer Harold ROME. d-1993.
# 1911 Birth of German mezzo-soprano Lore FISCHER in Stuttgart.
# 1915 Birth of Italian tenor Mario DEL MONACO in Florence. d- Mestre, IT; 16 OCT 1982
# 1920 Birth of German-born American violist Ernst WALLFISCH. d- 1979.
# 1922 Birth of German-American composer Margaret BUECHNER, in Hannover. d-Midland, MI 8 JUN 1998.
# 1928 Birth of Scottish composer Thea MUSGRAVE in Edinburgh.
# 1929 Birth of American composer Donald KEATS.
# 1930 Birth of Brazilian mezzo-soprano Gloria QUEIROZ in Rio de Janiero. Debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1954. Teachers were Roberto Miranda, Reis E. Silva, Ernest Tempele, Created Mistress in Militia Sergeant (Mignone). Dimitila in O Chalaca (Mignone). Queen in Young Girl from Clouds (Villa-Lobos).
# 1938 Birth of English soprano Elizabeth HARWOOD in Kettering. d.-Fryerning, 22 JUN 1990. Debut as 2nd Boy in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1960. Teachers were Frederick Cox, Elsie Thurston. MET Opera Début 15 OCT 1975 [Fiordiligi] Così Fan Tutte, 2 seasons (1975-76, 77-78) 14 perf., 2 works.
# 1942 Birth of American electronic music composer Priscilla McLEAN.
# 1943 Birth of Polish soprano Izabella NAWE in Czenstochau.
# 1945 Birth of American tenor Thomas Moser in Richmond. Created Tenor in Re in Ascolta (Berio). Lazarus in Jesu Hochzeit (Von Einem). MET Opera Début 11 MAR 1993 [Bacchus] Ariadne auf Naxos, 3 seasons, 15 perf., 3 roles.
# 1947 FP of Bohuslav Martinu's Symphony No. 5, in Prague.
# 1948 Birth of American composer Leroy OSMON in Washington, IN.
# 1953 Birth of English conductor James WOOD.
# 1953 Death of German baritone Werner Faulhaber. b-Dresden, 10 JUL 1927. Debut as Dr Caius in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 1948. Teachers were Robert Bussel, Walter Krone.
# 1955 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Susan BICKLEY in Liverpool. Debut as Prosperina in Orfeo (Monteverdi). Created Ghost in Last Supper (Birtwistle). Wife, 2nd Girl, Salvation Army Officer in From Morning to Midnight (Sawer).
# 1970 Birth of Swiss-French composer Laurent METTRAUX.
# 1971 Birth of Polish composer and conductor Maciej ZOLTOWSKI.
# 1973 Birth of English composer Fred Jonny BERG.
# 1974 Death of German conductor Wilhelm Schuchter at age 73. b-15 DEC 1911.
# 1976 FP of Norman Dello Joio's Colonial Variants for orchestra, in Philadelphia.
# 1976 Repening of opera house in Wilmington DE following five years planning and two of intense reconstruction, Wilmington's Grand Opera House reopened its doors, with a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
# 1948 Birth of composer Kevin BLECHDOM.
# 1981 FP of Leonard Berstein's Halil for Flute and Orchestra. Israel Philharmonic conducted by the composer, with Jean-Pierre Rampal in Tel Aviv.
# 1995 FP of Libby Larsen's Ring of Fire for orchestra. Charlotte Symphony, Peter McCoppin conducting in Charlotte, NC.
# 2001 FP of Kaija Saariaho's Song for Betty (For music patron, Betty Freeman). Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.
# 2003 Death of Italian composer Luciano Berio in Rome at age 77. b-in Oneglia, 24 OCT 1925.

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# 1906 FP of Mahler's Sixth Symphony at Essen, Germany, composer conducting.

I may have to listen to this today in honor of the momentous occasion.

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# 1840 Death of Italian composer and violinist Nicolo Paganini in Nice, age 57. b-Genoa, 27 OCT 1782

His 24 caprices are an absolute must. I noticed in the 'listening' thread that Brine has been indulging.

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