1772 Birth of Viennese music patron Prince Josef LOBKOWITZ in Roudnice nad Labem. Supported Beethoven who dedicated the Triple Concerto, the Eroica and fifth Symphony to the prince. d-Trcaron, ebo Ncaron, 15 Dec 1816.
1865 Birth of American soprano Sybil SANDERSON in Sacramento. Noted for wide vocal range. d-Paris, 15 MAY 1903. Debut as Manon in Manon (Massenet) 1888 Teachers:- Mathilde Marchesi, Jules Massenet, Giovanni Sbriglia, Anne De La Grange Created Thais in Thais (Massenet) Esclarmonde in Esclarmonde (Massenet) Phryne in Phyrne (Saint-Saens).
1871 Death of French bass Nicolas-Prosper Levasseur. Born 9 Mar 1791 in Bresles. Debut as Pasha in Caravane da Cairo (Gretry) 1813 Teacher :- Pierre-Jean Garat Pupil :- Leonard Hermann-Leon Created Zacharias in Prophete (Meyerbeer) Don Alvaro in Viaggo a Reims (Rossini) Carlo Belmonte in Margherita D'Anjou (Meyerbeer) Balthazar in Favorita (Donizetti) Marcel in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) Cardinal Brogni in Juive (Halevy) Bertram in Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer) Walter Furst in William Tell (Rossini) Tutor in Comte Ory (Rossini) Dom Juan di Silva in Dom Sebastien de Portugal (Donizetti).
1879 [Groves 1980 edition] Birth of Bohemian-born American operetta composer Rudolf FRIML, in Prague. (Charles) Rudolf (Pseudonym Roderich Freeman). d-Los Angeles, CA 12 NOV 1972. 1879? Birth of Bohemian-American operetta composer is disputed, see below in this entry: Rudolf FRIML (Frimel) in Prague. d-Los Angeles, 12 NOV 1972. Search Amazon.com for Rudolf FRIML[NOTE two separate sources have Rudolph Friml as born on 7 Dec. The year, though, seems to be in dispute: Wikipedia lists 1879 while IMDb lists 1884.
1903 FP of the first Irish opera with Gaelic words, Muirgheis, in Dublin. Composer O'Brien Butler Whitehall, died in the sinking of the 'Lusitania'.
1906 Birth of German soprano Elisabeth HONGEN in Gevelsburg. Debut as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Verdi) 1933 Teachers:- Hermann Weissenborn, Ludwig Horth Created Bebett in Julietta (Erbse) Sang in premiere of Zauberinsel (Sutermeister).
1935 Birth of American bass Richard Cross in Faribault, Minnesota. Debut as Donato in Maria Golovin (Menotti) 1958 (World Premiere) Pupils :- Jonathan Hays, Ding Gao, John Kramar, Jochen Schmeckenbecher Created Postman in Scarf (Hoiby) Amery Dexter in Minutes to Midnight (Ward) De Hoffman in Madame Adare (Silverman) Jaggers in Miss Havisham's Fire (Argento) Mikhail Mikhailovitch in Natalia Petrovna (Hoiby).
1960 Death of American mezzo-soprano Lila Robeson. Born 1880 in Cleveland. Debut as Ortrud in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1911 Teachers:- C S Burnham, S C Ford, Isadore Luckstone, Oscar Saenger Pupils :- Grace Hoffmann, Thelma Votipka, Kathryn Nussbaum.