1739 Birth of French composer Joseph Jun BOULOGNE, Chevalier de Saint-Georges in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. d-Paris, 9/10 JUN 1799. Known as the black Mozart.
1762 Birth of Irish singer Michael KELLY in Dublin. d-Margate, 9 OCT 1826. Debut as Count in Buona Figliuola (Piccinni) 1779 Teachers:- Giuseppe Aprile, Finaroli, Passerini, Venanzio Ruzzini Niccolo Peretti Created Basilio & Don Curzio in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) Euphemio of Ephesus in Equivico (Storace) Corrade in Una Cosa Rara (Martin y Soler) Iarbus in Dido Queen of Carthage(Storace) Lord William in Haunted Tower (Storace) Telemachus in Ulysses (Smith J C) Lord William in Haunted Tower (Storace) Valente in Sposa Malcontenti (Storace)
1873 Birth of mezzo-soprano Tilly Koenen in Java. Died 4 Jan 1941, Teacher :- Cornelie Van Zanten
1874 Birth of soprano [Natalina] Lina Cavalieri in Viterbo. Died 8 Feb 1944, Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1900 Teacher :- Maddelena Mariani-Masi Created Ensoleillad in Cherubin (Massenet). MET Opera.d-in air raid on Florence, 8 FEB 1944. Photos. and Postcards.
1876 Birth of Italian baritone Giuseppe De LUCA in Rome. d-NYC, 26 AUG 1950. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 6 Nov 1897 Teachers:- Ottavio Bartolini, Antonio Cotogni, Venaslao Persichini Pupils :- Gianna D'Angelo, Berhard Sonnerstadt, Leonard Warren Scipio Colombo Created Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Paquiro in Goyescas (Granados) Schicci in Gianni Schicci (Puccini) Gledy in Siberia (Giordano) Sang in premiere of El Sueno d'Alma (Buchardo). Search Giuseppe De LUCA.
1877 Birth of soprano Gabriela Horvatova in Varazdin. Died 1967, Teacher :- Resse Pupil :- Bozena Kozlikova.
1883 Birth of Croatian-Yugoslav composer Fran LHOTKA in Wocice. d-Zagreb, 26 JAN 1962.
1900 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Gladys SWARTHOUT in Deepwater, MO. d-Florence, 7 JUL 1969. Debut as Shepherd in Tosca (Puccini) 1924 Teacher :- Leopoldo Mugnone, Dino Bigalli Sang in premiere of Merry Mount (Hanson). Search Gladys SWARTHOUT
1923 Birth of conductor Louis Gardner Lane was in Eagle Pass, Texas. He studied composition with Kent Kennan at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his bachelor’s in music degree in 1943, and with Bohuslav Martinů at the Tanglewood Music Center (summer 1946), and with Bernard Rogers at the Eastman School of Music (master’s degree in music, 1947). He also studied opera with Sarah Caldwell (1950).
1925 Birth of tenor Eugenio Fernandi in Turin. Died 15 Aug 1991, Debut in Figlia del Diavolo (Mortari) 1954 Teacher :- Aureliano Pertile.
1979 Death of tenor Mario Filippeschi. Born 7 June 1907 in Pisa. Died 25 Dec 1979, Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) Jul 1937 Teachers:- Arturo Pessina, Vicidomini.
1982 Death of tenor Gerhard Witting. Born 23 Sep 1889 in Bromberg. Debut 1912 Created Second Beggar in Rembrandt van Rijn (Klenau) Andres in Wozzeck (Berg).
1989 Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus (Playhouse) as part of a celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He had conducted the same work in West Berlin the previous day. The concert was broadcast live in more than twenty countries to an estimated audience of 100 million people. For the occasion, Bernstein reworded Friedrich Schiller's text of the Ode to Joy, substituting the word Freiheit(freedom) for Freude (joy). Bernstein, in his spoken introduction, said that they had "taken the liberty" of doing this because of a "most likely phony" story, apparently believed in some quarters, that Schiller wrote an "Ode to Freedom" that is now presumed lost. Bernstein added, "I'm sure that Beethoven would have given us his blessing." [M. Steinberg contribution]