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JANUARY 15

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  • (29th?) 1715 Birth of Austrian composer Georg Christoph WAGENSEIL.
  • 1732 FP of Handel's opera Ezio which runs for only five performances.
  • 1775 Death of Italian composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini, in Milan. b-Milan, 1701. Brother of Giuseppe. Search Giovanni Battista Sammartini.
  • 1822 Birth of baritone Salvatore Marchesi in Palermo. Died 20 Feb 1908, Debut as Carlo in Ernani (Verdi) 1848 Teachers, Manuel Garcia II, Francesco Lamperti, Pietro Raimondi Pupil, Basser.
  • 1830 Birth of baritone Jean Baptiste Faure in Moulins, France. Died 9 Nov 1914, Debut as Pygmalion in Galathee (Masse) 1852 Teachers, Moreau-Sainti, Louis Ponchard Pupils, Hariclea Darclee, Jean Nadolovich, Herbert Witherspoon Henri Albers, Hermann Devries Created Hoel in Dinorah (Meyerbeer) Rodrigo in Don Carlos (Verdi) Hamlet in Hamlet (Thomas) Nelusko in Africaine (Meyerbeer) Sang in premiere Jeanne d'Arc (Mermet).
  • 1831 Birth of tenor Albert Niemann in Magdeburg, Germany. Died 13 Jan 1917, Debut 1849 Teachers, Louis-Gilbert Duprez, Albert Nusch, Friedrich Schneider.
  • 1838 Death of soprano Maria Therese Bland. Born 1769 in London. Teacher, Charles Dibdin.
  • 1845 Birth of tenor Heinrich Vogl in Munich. Died 21 Dec 1900, Debut as Max in Freischutz (Weber) 1865 Teachers, Karl Jenke, Franz Lachner Pupils, Mathilde Mallinger, Gustav Walter Created Loge in Rheingold (Wagner) Siegmund in Walkure (Wagner) Baldur in Fremdling (Vogl H) Sang in premiere Faule Hans (Ritter A).
  • 1849 Death of soprano Elizabeth Bannister. Born 1757. Sang in premiere of Flitch of Bacon (Shield) Agreeable Surprise (Arnold).
  • 1853 Birth of baritone Rutland Barrington in Penge. d- 31 May 1922, Created Doctor Daly in Sorcerer (Sullivan) Corcoran in HMS Pinafore (Sullivan) Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan) Archibald Grosvenor in Patience (Sullivan) Earl of Mountararat in Iolanthe (Sullivan) Hildebrand in Princes Ida (Sullivan) Pooh Bah in Mikado (Sullivan) Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore (Sullivan) Giuseppe Palmalieri in Gondoliers (Sullivan) King Paramount the First in Utopia (Sullivan) Ludwig in Grand Duke (Sullivan).
  • 1859 Birth of baritone Andrew Black in Glasgow. d-15 Sep 1920, Debut 1887 Teachers, Albert Randeggar, Dom Scafati, J B Welch.
  • 1866 Birth of American organ craftsman Ernest M. SKINNER in Clarion, PA. Search  Ernest M. SKINNER.
  • 1871 Birth of American composer Bertram SHAPLEIGH. d-1940.
  • 1878 Birth of Austrian composer and teacher Johanna MULLER-HERMANN in Vienna. d-Vienna, 19 APR 1941.
  • 1890 FP of Tchaikovsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty, in St. Petersburg.
  • 1893 Birth of English composer, playwrite and actor Ivor NOVELLO (David Ivor Davies) in Cardiff. d- London, 6 MAR 1951.
  • 1905 Birth of soprano Corry Bijster in Haarlem.  Died 1995, Teacher, Dora Zweer-de-Louw.
  • 1906 Birth of baritone Alexander Welitsch in Skoplje, Yugoslavia. Debut 1936, Pupil, Inge Borkh Created Don Juan in Don Juan und Faust (Reutter).
  • 1908 Birth of soprano Margherita Perras in Bitola, Macedonia.  Died 2 Feb 1984, Debut as Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) 1926 Teacher, Oscar Daniel.
  • 1908 Birth of American composer Roberta BITGOOD. Search Roberta BITGOOD.
  • 1908 Opera debut of Luisa Tetrazzini, in NYC. d-Milan, 28 APR 1940.
  •  Prima Voce: TetrazziniLuisa Tetrazzini: The Florentine Nightingale (Opera Biography Series ; No. 5)
  • 1909 Birth of American composer Elie SIEGMEISTER in NYC. d-Manhasset, NY 10 MAR 1991.  Search  Elie SIEGMEISTER.
  • 1915 Death of Canadian composer Guillaume Couture in Montreal. b-1851. 
  • 1922 Birth of Argentine composer Silvano PICCHI.
  • 1923 FP of Gabriel Pierné's Cydalise et le chèvre-pied at the Paris Opéra.
  • 1924 FP of S. Prokofiev's Chout Symphonic Suite, Op. 21a. F. Ruhlmann conducting in Brussels.
  • 1925 Birth of American pianist Ruth SLENCZYNSKA in Sacramento, CA.  Search  Ruth SLENCZYNSKA.
  • 1927 Birth of bass-baritone Richard Kogel in Munich. Debut as Figaro in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1952 Teachers, Eichhorn, Hedwig Fichtmuller, Reuther Created Wayward Saint in Widerspenstige Heilige (Kothar).
  • 1934 FP of Bax Fifth Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 1935 Death of baritone Lucien Fugere. Born 22 July 1848 in Paris. Died 15 Jan 1935, Debut in Ba-Ta-Clan (Offenbach) 3 Mar 1870 Teachers, Edouard Batiste, Raguneau Pupils, Mary Garden, Miguel Villabella Created Father in Louise (Charpentier) Turlupin in Madame Turlupin (Guiraud) Devil in Griseldis (Massenet) Pandolphe in Cendrillon (Massenet) Chevalier des Grieux in Portrait de Manon (Massenet) Andre in Fortunio (Messager) Sang in premiere of Roi Malgre Lui (Chabrier) Filibuster(Cui) Pepita (Delahaye) Sange (De Lara) Mules de Suzette (Douai) Pain Bis (Dubois) Carmosine (Fevrier) Vivandiere (Godard) Tour de Moulinet (Hubans) Bonhomme Jadis (Jacques-Dalcroze) Taverne des Trabans (Marechal) Basoche (Messager) Chevalier d'Harmental (Messager) Muguette (Missa) Mme L'Archiduc (Offenbach) Creole (Offenbach) Boit au Lait (Offenbach) Fille de Tabarin (Pierne) Amour Medecin (Poise) Joli Gilles (Poise) Beaucoup de Bruit pour Rien (Puget) Phyrne (Saint-Saens) Branche Cassee (Serpette) Moulin de Vert-Galant (Serpette) Mariage de Telemaque (Terrasse) Sorrentine (Vasseur) Portrait de Manon (Massenet) Xaviere (Dubois).Lucien Fugere, Baritone
  • 1935 FP of Daniel Gregory Mason's Prelude and Fugue for piano and orchestra. The National Orchestra Assn, NYC with Mason as soloist.
  • 1935 Birth of American pianist Malcolm FRAGER in St. Louis, MO. d-1991.
  • 1936 Birth of soprano Emilia Ravaglia in Padua Debut as Gnese in Campaniello (Wolf-Ferrari) 1961 Teachers, Gilda Dalla Rizza, Adelaide Saraceni, Toti Dal Monte Created Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn (Ferrero) Sang in premiere of Coccodrillo (Bucchi) Luisella (Mannino).
  • 1941 FP of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the Stalag 8A prison camp at Gurlitz, Silasia.
  • 1947 FP of Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto in D, by the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Vladimir Golschmann. Violinist, Jascha Heifetz.
  • 1948 Birth of mezzo-soprano Linda Ormiston in Motherwell. Debut as Angelina in Cenerentola (Rossini) 1974 Teachers, Winifred Busfield, Joy Mammen Created Mary Seton in Mary Queen of Scots (Musgrave) Marie in Belle Vivette (Offenbach) Sang in premiere of Caritas (Saxton).
  • 1949 Death of tenor Amedeo Bassi. Born 29 July 1874 in Montespertoli. Debut in Ruy Blas (Marchetti) 1897 Teacher, Pavesi Negri Pupils, Benvenuto Finelli, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Caroline Unger Created Chopin in Chopin (Orefice) Lionello in Amica (Mascagni) Sang in premiere of Tess (Erlanger).
  • 1953 Death of tenor Heinrich Knote. Born 26 Nov 1870 in Munich. Debut as Georg in Waffenschmied (Lortzing) 1892 Teacher, Emanuel Kirschner Pupils, Paul Kuen, Karl Mikorey Sang in premiere Der Barenhauter (Wagner S).
  • 1955 Birth of American composer Peter COUKIS in Waterbury, CT.
  • 1958 FP of Samuel Barber's opera Vanessa. Dimtri Mitropoulos conducting at the MET in NYC.
  • 1959 Birth of soprano Zigride Krigere in Riga. Debut 1888. Teachers, Katina Angeloni, Regina Frinberg.
  • 1960 Birth of American composer Jeremy BECK in Painesville, OH.
  • 1960 Birth of American composer Aaron Jay KERNIS, in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1964 Birth of Finnish composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä in Suomussalmi.
  • 1965 Death of soprano Daniza Ilitsch. Born 21 Feb 1914 in Belgrade. Debut as Nedda in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1936.
  • 1976 FP of Paul Chihara's Missa Carminum for a capella chorus, in LA, CA.
  • 1979 Death of soprano and coach Euphemia Giannini-Gregory. Born 1895 in Philadelphia. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1916 Teacher, Gigola Pupils, Judith Blegen, Frank Guarrera, Jean Kraft, Anna Moffo Howard Nevison, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Ellen Faull, Doris Doree, Janet Perry.
  • 1989 Death of baritone Gunther Reich. Born 22 Nov 1921 in Liegnitz. Debut as Iago in Otello (Verdi) 1961 Pupil, Karl-Friedrich Durr, Segeleitner, Unold Created Lower Perl in Schwarze Maske (Penderecki) Soroker in 200,000 Taler (Blacher) Sang in premiere of Hamlet (Reutter) Madchen aus Domrery (Klebe) Die Soldaten (Zimmermann B A).
  • 1994 FP of Ellen T. Zwilich's Fantasy for orchestra. JoAnn Falletta conducting the Long Beach Symphony, CA.
  • 1998 FP of Richard Danielpour's Elegies in Jacksonville, FL, with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and baritone Thomas Hampson. The Jacksonville Symphony conducted by Roger Nierenberg.
  • 1998 FP of Christopher Rouse's Der gerettete Alberich 'Alberich Redeemed' for percussion and orchestra. Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, with persussionist Evelyn Glennie.
  • 2005 Death of Spanish soprano Victoria de los Angeles in Barcelona. b-Barcelona, 1 NOV 1923. Search Victoria de los AngelesThe Very Best of Victoria de los Angeles
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