1847 Birth of Canadian soprano Emma ALBANI (Lajeunesse) in Montreal. d-London, 3 APR 1930. Search Amazon.com for Emma ALBANI. Studied at the Convent du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal, 1858-1865. MET Opera début, 20 NOV 1891 as Valentine in Les Huguenots 1 season, 1891-92.
1871 Birth of Russian composer Alexander SPENDIAROV in Kakhovka. d-Erivan, 1928. Student of Rimsky-Korsakov. Known as the father of the Armenian music. His works include operas, orchestral, and choral works.
1873 Birth of French composer Charles QUEF aka Paul Florimond in Lille. d-Paris, 2 July 1931.
1887 Birth of American contralto-soprano Eleonora Cisneros, [née Eleanor Bradfoot] in New York. d. Feb. 3, 1934. MET Début: Nov. 24, 1899 [Rossweisse] Die Walküre, 1season (1899-1900) 19 perf. 4 roles.
1890 Birth of composer Paul PRATT. d-7 JUL 1948. Works list.
1975 Death of American composer Philip James, at 85. A composer of choral and orchestral music. b-17 May 1890 in Jersey City, NJ.
1975 FP of Conrad SUSA's "Block River" Minnesota Opera w/Barbara Brant, Janis Hardy (m/s); Margaret Smith; and Michael Riley; based on Michael Lesy's book Wisconsin Death Trip, inspired by the unhappy life of soprano Pauline L'Allemand [neé Ellhasser] (s) (1862-???) U.S.
2003 Death of American composer Kent W. Kennan, Univ Texas, Austin, Professor of Music Emeritus and a prominent figure in the composition of American classical music, Kennan's numerous compositions have been widely performed and published. Best known is "Night Soliloquy," which in the version for flute and strings has been played by all the major orchestras in the country under conductors including Toscanini, Ormandy, Stokowski, and Ozawa, and recorded under six different labels. Retirement announcement. b-Milwaukee, WI 18 APR 1911.