1870 Birth of Belgian bass-baritone Hector Dufranne, in Mons. d. Paris, May 4, 1951: He studied at the Brussels Conservatory making his début at the Monnale, Brussels (1898), from a modest tannery worker, into the first rank of this century's performers. A native of Mons, until 1939, he made the round of the best known stages in the world. His singing belonged to the old school in which the language was not allowed to compromise vocal quality, two years later he arrived at the O-CO, where he remained for nearly forty years. He sang at Monte Carlo, CG, 1914, New York, Chicago where he was a regular member until 1922, missing only one season. His career continued until the outbreak of the Second World War, and his final performance was at Vichy in 1939. Search Amazon.com for Hector Dufranne
1872 Birth of Swedish baritone Carl Lejdstrom, in Stockholm. d. Apr. 13, 1922: Début (1894).
1912 FP of Gretchaninov's opera-legend Sister Beatrice in Moscow. Withdrawn because of stage representation of the Virgin Mary.
1912 FP of Richard Strauss' opera Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme including his incidental music to Ariadne auf Naxos in Stuttgart. w/Maria Jeritza (s) (1887-1982) Moravian/Am/cit [Ariadne], Margarethe Siems (s) (1879-1952) Ger. [Zerbinetta] composer conducting. [rev] (1916) CD-Strauss: Oboe Concerto/Bourgeois Gentilhomme
1926 Birth of Russian soprano Galina VISHNEVSKAYA in Leningrad. Debut in 1953 as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin at Bolshoi Opera. m-Russian cellist and conductor M. Rostropovich in 1955. MET: Début: Nov. 6, 1961 [Aida] Aida, 2 seasons (1961-62, 74-75) 6 perf., 3 works. Search Amazon.com for Galina VISHNEVSKAYA
1926 Death of American composer Frederick Zech, in San Francisco, CA. b. Philadelphia, PA, 10 MAY 1850. Went to California in 1860.
1927 Birth of American Tenor Claude Heater. WebSite: claudeheater.com. Wikipedia He began his career as a concert baritone in the United States in 1954. He then sang as a baritone with opera houses in Europe from 1956 to 1961. He retrained his voice as a tenor, and from 1964 on had great success in the dramatic tenor repertoire at major theatres internationally. After retiring from the stage in the 1970s, he devoted his time to the study of religion. He is also known for portraying the role of Jesus (uncredited in the titles) in the 1959 film classic Ben-Hur.
1930 CBS Radio begins Saturday morning Children's Concerts with conductor Ernest Schelling.
1932 Birth of Argentine soprano Nina Carini, in Buenos Aires.
1934 FP of GILARDI's "La Leyenda de Urutaú" Buenos Aires.