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John Dunstaple or Dunstable
1453 Death of English composer John Dunstable in London, b-c.1390. [Dunstaple or Dunstable] English composer of polyphonic music of the late medieval era and early Renaissance. He was one of the most famous composers active in the early 15th century and was widely influential, not only in England but on the continent. Search John Dunstable.
1874 Birth of Polish bass Adamo Didur in Sanok, Poland. Died 7 Jan 1946, Debut as Mepistopheles in Faust (Gounod) 1894 Teachers:- Franz Emmerich, Valerie Wysocki Pupils :- Ira Malaniuk, Marian Nowakowski, Eugenia Zareska Andrzej Hiolski Created Ashby in Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Woodcutter in Konigskinder (Humperdinck) Win-Shee in Oracolo (Leoni) Talpa in Tabarro (Puccini) Simone in Gianni Schicci (Puccini) Sang in premiere of Canterbury Pilgrims (De Koven) Anima Allegra (Vittadini) Figlia di Jorio (Franchetti).
1887 (1888?) Birth of Spanish soprano Lucrezia BORI in Valencia. Search Lucrezia BORI. Died 14 May 1960 Debut Micaela in Carmen (Bizet) 31 Oct 1908 Teachers:- Frank La Forge, Gabriele Sibella, Pietro Varvaro Melchiorre Vidal Created Consuelo in Anima Allegra (Vittadini) Sang in premiere of El Suede d'Alma (Buchardo).
1920 At the MET Opera in NYC, final performance of Enrico Caruso singing Eleazar in La Juive by Halevy. Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. Caruso died in Naples at the age of 48 on 2 AUG 1921.
1923 Birth of Scottish bass-baritone David Kelly in Kilmarnock. Debut as Timur in Turandot (Puccini) 1955 Pupils :- Gordon Sandison, Marie Slorach Sang in premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten).
1927 Birth of American soprano Teresa STITCH-RANDALL in West Hartford CT. Debut as Gertrude Stein in Mother of us All (Thomson) Premiere 7 May 1947 Created Evangeline in Evangeline (Luching) Sang in premiere of Mystere de la Nativite (Martin). Search Teresa STITCH-RANDALL.
1942 Birth of Italian soprano Maria Chiara in Oderzo, Italy. Debut as Desdemona in Otello (Verdi) 1965 [Ed. note: According to WHO'S WHO IN OPERA (1976 Ed.) which was compiled from questionnaires to the artists themselves, Maria Chiara was born in 1942, but on November 24, not December. The year of her debut as Desdemona in Otello (Verdi) at La Fenice is also given as 1966, not 1965.] Teachers:- Maria Carbone, Antonio Cassinelli. Search Maria Chiara.
1943 Birth of Czech mezzo-soprano Libuse Marova in Susice. Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) 1965 Teachers:- Premysl Koci, Josef Frydl, Stepanka Stepanova, Michael Zabejda. Search Libuse Marova.
1945 Death of German soprano Adelina Stehle. Born 30 Jun 1860 in Graz. Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1881 Pupil :- Giannini Arangi-Lombardi Created Walter in Wally (Catalani) Nanetta in Falstaff (Verdi) Nedda in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) Adin in Condor (Gomes) Maria in Guglielmo Ratcliffe (Mascagni) Matilde in Silvano (Mascagni). Century of Great Voices 1.
1965 Death of tenor Mariss Vetra. Born 19 July 1901 in Tirza, Latvia. Died 24 Dec 1965 Debut as Faust in Faust (Gounod) 1922 Created Laimons in Vaidelote (Medins) Edgars in Uguni (Kalnins) Sang in premiere of Kaiserin Katharina (Kattnig).
1987 Death of Italian soprano Sara Scuderi. Born 11 Dec 1906 in Catania. Debut as Desdemona in Otello (Verdi) 1925 Teacher :- Matteo Aderno Sang in premiere of Volte Della Vergine (Carmassi) Giulio Cesare (Malipiero).
2000 Death of Danish bass-baritone Aage Haugland. Born 1 Feb 1944 in Copenhagen. Died 24 Dec 2000 Debut as Brewer in Comedy on Bridge (Martinu) Teachers:- Kristian Riis, Mogens Woeldike Created Jason in Freispruch fur Medea (Liebermann). Nielsen: Saul And David.