1863 FP Berlioz' Les Troyens in Paris. 1st perf. of both parts in French, with major cuts, Brussels Dec. 26-27, 1906; 1st complete perf., sans cuts, alterations, etc., in English, CG. Sep. 17, 1969. CD-Berlioz: Les Troyens
1869 Birth of Swiss soprano Lucienne Bréval, [Bertha Agnes Lisette Schilling] in Mannedorf. d. Neuilly-sut-Seine, Aug. 15, 1935: MET: Début: Jan. 16, 1901 [Chimène] Le Cid, 2 seasons (1900-02) 26 perf., 5 works.
1889 Birth of American tenor Charles Hackett, in Worcester, MA. d. New York, Jan. 1, 1942. On the recommendation of Lillian Nordica, he studied at the New England Conservatory, and Florence Italy. After a few lessons, at the age of twenty-three, He took the title-role in a concert version of Faust, in Boston. After singing as a concert singer and in church, he decided to travel to Europe to study the Italian opera repertory. His début came in Pavia, Boito's Mefistofele [Faust] (1915). In 1916, he sang at La Scala Mignon. He sang in France, Italy, and Spain. He performed in the major houses in Europe, including CG, as [Roméo] in Melba's farewell performance. Hacket was principal singer with the Chicago Opera Company (1922-1935). In the later part of his career he was chiefly a concert and song singer. According to some writers, Hackett's recordings "document a secure technique and a certain elegance, though there is also a sense of routine about them. MET: Début: Jan. 31, 1919 [Almaviva] Il Barbiere di Siviglia, 9 seasons (1918-21, 33-39) 95 perf. 15 works.
1890 FP of BORODIN: w/ Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov. "Knyaz Igor" St. Petersburg.
2002 FP of Behzad Ranjbaran's Nocturne for solo piano. Soheil Nasseri soloist, at Weill Recital Hall in New York. The work is an evocation of the beauty of a Persian garden at night. Visit Presser Music to learn more about the Seattle premiere and Behzad Ranjbaran's music.