1826 FP of Schuberts d minor String Quartet Death and the Maiden at the Vienna home of Karl and Franz Hacker in Vienna.
1837 Death, after a duel, of Russian poet and dramatist Alexander Pushkin. His works were the basis of Glinka's Russland and
Mussorgsky's Boris Gudunov opera, Tchaikovsky's Eugen
Onegin, and the
Pushkin version of the legend of Don Juan called the The
Stone Guest by
Dargomijsky. Search Alexander Pushkin.
1849 Birth of bass-baritone Anton Von Fuchs in Munich. Died 15 Apr 1925
Debut as Liebenau in Waffenschmied (Lortzing) 1873
Teacher, Julius Hey
Sang in premiere of Die Feen (Wagner)
Der Barenhauter (Wagner S).
1852 (Feb 29?) Birth of British composer Sir Frederic HYMEN in Kingston, Jamaica. d-6 OCT 1935. Came to England as a child. Was conductor of the Philharmonic (1888-92, 1900-07). Scottish Orchestra (1900-10). He composed operas, cantatas, oratorios, symphonies, overtures, pianoforte pieces, and some 300 songs. Search Sir Frederic HYMEN.
1897 Birth of soprano Mary Lewis in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Died 31 Dec 1941
Debut as Marguerite in Faust (Gounod) 19 Oct 1923
Teachers, Jean De Reszke, Alice Henniger, William Thorner
Created Mary in Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams).
1898 Birth of soprano Maria Muller in Theresienstadt. Died 13 Mar 1958
Debut as Elsa in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1919
Teachers, Max Altglass, Erik Schmedes.
1929 Death of baritone and coach Jacques Bouhy. Born 18 June 1848 in Pepinster, Belgium. Died 29 Jan 1929
Debut as Mephistopheles in Faust (Gounod) 1871
Pupils, Bessie Abott, Suzanne Adams, Lillian Blauvelt, Clara Butt
Amy Castles, Gervase Elwes, Eva Gauthier, Putnam Griswold
Kathleen Howard, Louise Kirkby-Lunn, Leo Rains, Mary Garden
Oscar Saenger, Herbert Witherspoon, Louise Homer
Created Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet)
Don Cesar de Bazan in Don Cesar de Bazan (Massenet)
Sang in premiere of Paul et Virginie (Masse)
1939 Birth of soprano Lorna Haywood in Birmingham. Debut in Katya Kabanova (Janacek) 1964
Teachers, Mary Parsons, Gordon Clinton, Sergius Kagen, Beverley Johnson.
1940 Birth of bass Justino Diaz in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Debut as Ben in Telephone (Menotti) 1957
Teachers, Frederick Jagel, Ralph Errole
Created Antony in Antony & Cleopatra (Barber)
Francesca Cenci in Beatrix Cenci (Ginestra)
Bio of Justino DIAZ.
1940 Death of bass Edward Lankow. Born 1883 Tarrytown-on-Hudson. Debut as Sarastro in Zauberflote (Mozart) 11 Oct 1906
Teacher, Anna Lankow.
1942 Death of bass Foster Richardson. Born 10 Jan 1890 in Nottingham. Debut 1915
Teacher, Thomas Meux, Borghi.
1942 Death of composer Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal at age 92.
1943 Birth of soprano Irma Urrila in Helsinki. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1964
Teachers, Carla Castellani, Aino Elenius, Clemens Kaiser-Breme
Created 1st Witch in Macbeth (Bibalo)
Sang in premiere of Last Temptation (Kokkonen).
1960 Death of baritone Mack Harrell. Born 8 Oct 1909 in Celeste, Texas. Debut as Biterolf in Tannhauser (Wagner) 16 Dec 1939
Pupils, Alan Baker, William Blankenship, Thomas Stewart
Created Samson in Warrior (Rogers)
Azrael in Dybbuk (Tamkin).
1962 Birth of soprano Rosa Mannion in Lancashire. Debut as Adina in Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti) 1984
Teacher, Patricia Boyer Kelly
Created Anna Howe in Clarissa (Holloway).
1965 Death of composer Michael Spisak at 50.
1965 Death of soprano and coach Henny Wolff. Born 3 Feb 1890 in Cologne. Died 29 Jan 1965
Teachers, Henriette Wolff-Dwillat (mother), Julius von Raatz-Brockmann
Pupils, Judith Beckmann, Elisabeth Schartel, Gerti Zeumer,
1966 Death of baritone Julien Giovanetti. Born 9 Jan 1914 in Duzerville, Algeria. Debut as Zurga in Pearl Fishers (Bizet) 19 Oct 1940
Sang in premiere of Locandiera (Thiriet)
Sampiero Corso (Tomasi).
1966 Death of French-Canadian composer Pierre Mercure at age 38 in Avalon, France. b-Montreal 1 FEB 1927.
1967 Death of Polish composer Wlodzimierz Pozniak at age 62.
1981 FP of American composer John Towner Williams'Violin Concerto, dedicated to the memory of his wife, actress and singer Barbara Ruick Williams. [She was born in 1930 at Pasadena, California and died in 1974 of a cerebral hemorrhage]. Mark Peskanov and the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin. This piece was revised in 1998. Search John Williams.
1985 Death of baritone Tito Xirelli. Born 27 Mar 1900 in Lesbos. Died 29 Jan 1985
Debut as Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1920
Teacher, Nina Foka.
1991 Death of Dutch pianist and Sweelinck Conservatory Administrator,
1992 Death of tenor Zannis Cambanis. Born 1907 in Syros. Debut as Canio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1938
Teacher, Maria Trivella.
1995 Death of tenor Ferruccio Tagliavini. Born 14 Aug 1913 in Reggio, Emilia. Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 26 Oct 1938
Teachers, Amedeo Bassi, Italo Brancucci, Giulia Tess
Sang in premiere of Campagne (Rossellini).
2001 Death of mezzo-soprano Frances Bible. Born 26 Jan 1919 in Sacketts Harbor, N Y. Debut as Shepherd in Tosca (Puccini) 1948
Teachers, Queena Mario, Belle Julie Soudant
Created Augusta Tabor in Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Elizabeth Proctor in Crucible (Ward)
Mango Vendor / 2nd Servant in Troubled Island (Still)
Frade in Dybbuk (Tamkin).