1867 Birth of French tenor Leon David in Sables-D'Olonne. Died 27 Oct 1962, Debut in Cyptis (Sesajoyeaux) 9 Jun 1892
Teachers:- Leon Achard, Victor Warot
Pupils :- Jose Luccioni, Elie Saint-Come, Jean Vieuille, Suzanne Lefort
Maria Braneze, Louis Musy
Sang in premiere of Juif Polonaise (Erlanger).
1899 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Muriel Brunskill in Kendal, Westmorland. The daughter of Edmund Capstick Brunskill. She studied singing in London and Paris. Died Feb 1980. Debut 1922
Teachers:- Bachrich, Blanche Marchesi.
1911 Death of composer and singing coach Albert Randegger. Born 13 Apr 1832 in Trieste. Teacher :- Luigi Ricci
Pupils :- David Bispham, Andrew Black, Dudley Buck Jnr, Ben Davies
David Thomas Ffrangcon-Davies, Putnam Griswold
Lawrence Kellie, Liza Lehmann, Robert Watkin Mills,
Robert Radford, Frederick Ranalow, Darrell Fancourt
1920 Birth of German soprano Rita STREICH in Barnaul, Russia. d-1987? 20 Mar 1989
Debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss) 1943
Teachers:- Erna Berger, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender, Maria Ivogun
Pupil :- Dinah Harris, Drew Minton
Created Julietta in Julietta (Erbse). Search Rita STREICH.
1921 Death of German bass-baritone Leo Schutzendorf. Born 5 May 1886 in Cologne. Died 18 Dec 1931, Debut 1908
Teacher :- D'Arnals
Created Wozzeck in Wozzeck (Berg)
Sang in premiere of Schon ist die Welt (Lehar). Search Leo Schutzendorf.
1922 Birth of Italian tenor Cesare Valletti in Rome. d- 12 May 2000. Debut as Alfredo in Traviata (Verdi) 1947
Teacher :- Tito Schipa.
1924 Birth of French tenor Paul Finel. Born 18 Dec 1924 in Villeveyrac. Debut 1947, Teachers:- Mario Podesta, Georges Thill.
1929 Birth of Brazilian baritone Giuseppe Zecchillo in Sao Paolo. Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1953
Teachers:- Aureliano Pertile, Carlo Tagliabue
Created Kostilov in Albergo Dei Poveri (Testi)
Sang in premiere of Persefone (Lupi)
Rappesentazione e Festa (Malipiero)
Don Tartufo Bacchettone (Malipiero)
Buon Soldato Svejk (Turchi)
Amante Cubista (Hazon)
Alfabeto a Sorpresa (Mortari)
Vieni qui carla (Negri).
1932 Death of American bass Clarence Whitehill. Born 5 Nov 1871 in Marego, Iowa. Died 18 Dec 1932. Debut as Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet (Gounod) 1899
Teachers:- Alfred Auguste Giraudet, L A Phelps, Giovanni Sbriglia
Created Koanga in Koanga (Delius)
Sang in premiere of Tanzerin (Friedheim).
1935 At The MET in New York City, the debut of Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence
as Brunnhilde in Die Gotterdammerung. First time horse runs through
1937 Birth of Norwegian baritone Knut Skram in Hjorundfjord, Norway. Debut as Amonasro in Aida (Verdi) 1964
Teachers:- George Buckbee, Paul Lohmann, Luigi Ricci, Kristian Riis
Created William Wilson in Je vous dis que je suis mort (Aperghis).
1939 Death of French soprano Jean Granier. Born 31 Mar 1852 in Paris. Created Ben-Buol in Adorable Ben-Buol (Massenet)
Sang in premiere of Girofle-Girofla (Lecocq)
Petit Duc (Lecocq)
Cigale et la Fourmi (Audran). Y'a d'la joie (J.Granier - C.Trenet - M.Emer).
1941 FP of Darius Milhaud's Piano Concero No. 2, composer soloist in Chicago.
1949 Death of American mezzo-soprano Zelie De Lussan. Born 21 Dec 1863 in Brooklyn, NY. Debut as Arlene in Bohemian Girl (Balfe) 1884
Pupils :- Olga Haley, Janet Howe, Beatrice Waycott
Created Olof in Thorgrim (Cowen). American Divas (Les Divas Americaines).
(11 DEC?) 1958 Birth of American composer Julia WOLFE. Schirmer, her
publisher-distributor in its Composer's anniversary pages has JW's 50th birth anniversary scheduled for 18 DEC 2008. Search Julia WOLFE.
1959 At the MET in NYC, the opera debut of Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson, as Wagner's Isolde.
1962 Death of Joseph-Paul Lucazeau Tenor
Born 26 Oct 1879 Royan Died 18 Dec 1962
Debut as Alain in Griseldis (Massenet) 25 Sep 1905
Created King in Miarka (Georges).Search Birgit Nilsson.
1962 FP of D. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 Babi Yar. Moscow Philharmonic, with bass Vitaliy Gromadsky, and the Republican State and Gnesin Institute Choirs, Kirill Kondrashin conducting. CD-Shostakovich: Symphonies (Box Set).
1964 FP of Paul Creston's Concerto for Koto and Orchestra, koto soloist Kimio Eto, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting.
1966 Death of English tenor Steuart Wilson. Born 21 July 1889 in Clifton. Debut as Tamino in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1910
Teachers:- George Henschel, Jean De Reszke
Pupil :- Inia Te Wiata, Theodore Uppmann. English singer: the life of Steuart Wilson.