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FEBRUARY 16

Charles AVISON


  • 1653 Death of composer Johannes Schultz, at 70. b-1582

  • 1684 Birth (?) of Czech Monk and composer Bohuslav Matej CZERNOHORSKY. (Christened 16 February 1684, Nymburk, Bohemia – d. 1 July 1742, Graz, Austria).

  • 1709 Birth (?) Baptismal of English organist and composer Charles AVISON in Newcastle. d-Newcastle, 9 MAY 1770.

  • 1722 Birth of soprano Regina Mingotti in Naples. d-  1 Oct 1808 Debut in Olimpiade ( Galuppi) 1748 Teacher, Nicola Porpora Created Puplio in Attilio Regulo (Hasse) Sang in premiere of Filandro (Porpora) Clemenza di Tito (Naumann).

  • 1737 (JC, GC=27 FEB)FP of Handel's opera Justinas at Covent Garden. Runs for nine performances and not revived.

  • 1774 Birth of French composer Pierre RODE in Bordeaux. d-Château de Bourbon, 25 NOV 1830.

  • 1779 Death of English organist and composer William Boyce.

  • 1790 Birth of French composer Chretien URHAN.

  • 1796 Death of soprano Caterina Gabrielli. Born 12 Nov 1730 in Rome. Debut 1747 Teachers, Gaetano Guadagni, Nicola Porpora, Vittoria Tesi-Tramontini Francesco Garcia Created Armida in Armida (Traetta) Elisa in Re Pastore (Gluck) Sang in premiere of Innocenza Giustifacata (Gluck) Ali d'Amore (Rauzzini) Ippolito ed Aricia (Traetta) Tintaridi (Traetta) Antigona (Traetta) Amore e Psiche (Traetta) Lucio Vero (Traetta)

  • 1803 Death of Bohemeian composer Jan Vaclav Stitch, at age 56.

  • 1813 Birth of Russian composer Semyon Stepanovich GULAK-ARTEMOVSKY. d-1873.

  • 1814 Birth of composer William ROBYN. d-1905.

  • 1816 Birth of tenor Gaetano Fraschini in Pavia.  Died 23 May 1887 Debut as Tamas in Gemma di Vergy (Donizetti) 1837 Teacher, F Moretti Pupil, Heinrich Panofka Created Arrigo in Battaglia di Legnano (Verdi) Stiffelio in Stiffelio (Verdi) Gustavus III in Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) Zamoro in Alzira (Verdi) Corrado in Corsaro (Verdi) Gerardo in Caterina Cornaro (Donizetti) Faone in Saffo (Pacini) Conte di Warbel in Adolfo di Warbel (Pacini) Ettore in Fidanzata Corsa (Pacini) Armande in Stella di Napoli (Pacini) Egisto in Merope (Pacini) Carlo in Romilda di Provenza (Pacini) Arturo Murray in Proscritto (Mercadante) Fausto in Vascello di Gama (Mercadante) Curiazio in Orazi e Curiazi (Mercadante) Albiox in Anna la Prie (Battista) Ernesto in Marito e l'amante (Ricci F) Sang in premiere of Marco Visconti (Petrella).

  • 1823 Death of composer Johann Gottfried Schict, at age 69.

  • 1825 Death of composer George Gerson, at age 34.

  • 1826 Birth of composer Franz von HOLSTEIN.

  • 1829 Death of Belgian-French composer Francois-Joseph Gossec, at age 95 in Paris. b-Vergnies, 17 JAN 1734.

  • 1831 Birth of tenor Leon Achard in Lyon.  Died July 1905 Debut as Duke in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1854 Teacher, Giulio Bordogni Pupils, Felix Vieuille, Leon David Created Wilhelm Meister in Mignon (Thomas) Yorick in La Coupe de Roi de Thule (Diaz) Sang in premiere of Le Muletier de Tolede (Adam) Les Charmeurs (Poise) La Fiancee du Roi de Gabbe (Auber) Romeo e Giulietta (Marchetti).

  • 1838 Death of German-Prussian composer Ludwig BERGER in Berlin. b-Berlin, 18 APR 1777.

  • 1847 Birth of composer Philipp SCHARWENKA in Samter-Posen. d-Bad Nauheim, Germany 16 JUL 1917. (Brother of Franz Xaver).

  • 1848 Chopin's last concert, at the La Salle Pleyel in Paris.

  • 1854 FP of Liszt's Symphonic Poem Orpheus at Weimar. CD-Liszt: Les Préludes; Tasso, Orpheus, Mazeppa, Mephisto Waltz No. 2.

  • 1854 Birth of German composer Oscar FETRAS in Hamburg.

  • 1855 FP of Liszt's First Piano Concerto, Liszt at piano. CD-Liszt: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2/Grieg: Concerto, Op. 16.

  • 1856 Birth of Dutch violinist, composer and conductor Willem KES, in Parkorkest, Amsterdam.

  • 1864 Birth of soprano Evgeniya Mravina in St Petersburg.  Died 25 Oct 1914 Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1886 Teachers, Desiree Artot de Padilla, Ippolit Pryanishnikov, Mathilde Marchesi St Yves Bax Created Fornarina in Rafael (Arensky) Oxana in Christmas Eve (Rimsky-Korsakov).

  • 1864 Death of composer Vaclav Jindrich Veit, at age 58.

  • 1873 Death of baritone Jan Kritel Pisek. Born 4 Oct 1814 in Mseno, Bohemia. Died 16 Feb 1873 Debut as Oroveso in Norma (Bellini) Teacher, Sabine Heinefetter Sang in premiere of Der Vampyr (Lindpaintner) Konig Ezio (Abert) Anna von Lanskron (Abert).

  • 1878 Birth of Finnish composer, pianist and conductor Selim PALMGREN in Björneborg. d-Helsinki, 13 DEC 1951.

  • 1884 FP of P. I. Tchaikovsky's Orchestral Suite No. 2, in Moscow.

  • 1890 Birth of composer Semyon Semyonovich BOGATIRYOV.

  • 1890 Birth of tenor Max Altglass in Warsaw.  Died 13 Feb 1952 Debut 1913 Pupil, Maria Muller Sang in premiere of Kings Henchman (Deems Taylor) Merry Mount (Hanson).

  • 1892 FP of Massenet's opera Werther in Vienna.

  • 1893 FP of Jean Sibelius' tone-poem En Saga in Helsinki. CD-Sibelius: Tapiola/ En Saga/ The Bard/ Valse Triste.

  • 1894 Death of bass Thomas Aynsley Cook. Born July 1831 in London. Teachers, Joseph Staudigl, J L Hopkins.

  • 1895 Birth of Russian harpist Maria KORCHINSKA. d-1979.

  • 1896 Birth of Russian pianist Alexander BRAILOWSKY. d-NYC, 25 APR 1976.

  • 1896 Birth of Swiss baritone Charles PANZERA in Geneva.  Died 6 June 1976 Debut as Albert in Werther (Massenet) 1919 Pupils, Xavier Depraz, Andree Esposito, Jacques Jansen, Howard Thain Remy Corazza, Charles Ludwig Created Apollon in Amphion (Honegger) Sang in premiere of Le Roi Candaule (Bruneau) Le Sauteriot (Lazzari) Cris du Monde (Honegger) Dans L'Ombre de la Cathedrale (Hue).

  • 1901 Birth of tenor Tomaz Alcaide in Estremoz, Portugal.  Died 7 Nov 1967 Debut as Wilhelm in Mignon (Thomas) 5 Dec 1925 Teachers, Francisco De Souza Coutinho, Fernando Ferrara, Alberto Sarti Eugenia Mantelli Created Mascarille in Prezione Ridicole (Lattuada) Young Clergyman in Madonna Imperia (Alfano) Lebleu in Vedova Scaltra (Wolf-Ferrari) Sang in premiere of Primavera Fiorentina (Pedrollo).

  • 1905 Birth of Spanish composer Jose Munoz MOLLEDA. d-Madrid, 1988.

  • 1907 Birth of Italian conductor and composer Fernando PREVITALI. d-Rome, 1985.

  • 1907 Birth of American song composer Alec WILDER (aka Alexander Lafayette Chew) in Rochester, NY. d-Gainesville, FL 22 DEC 1980.

  • 1909 Birth of composer Maurice GARDNER.

  • 1910 Birth of Mexican composer Miguel Bernal JIMENEZ in Morelia, Michocán. d-León, Guanajuato, 1956.

  • 1910 Death of German composer Albert Heinrich Zabel, at age 75. b-1834.

  • 1922 Birth of Welsh baritone and opera producer Sir Geraint EVANS in Pontypridd Died 19 Sep 1992 Debut as Nightwatchman in Meistersingers (Wagner) Teachers, Fernando Carpi, Maria Carpi, Theo Hermann, Walter Hyde Arthur Reckless Pupil , Barry Banks Created Herald in Pilgrim's Progress (Vaughan Williams) Mr Flint in Billy Budd (Britten) Mountjoy in Gloriana (Britten) Antenor in Troilus and Cressida (Walton) Lemuel in Harvest (Giannini) Betumain in Rose Affair (Kay) Case in Beach at Falesa (Hoddinott) Sesto in Murder the Magician (Hoddinott) Old Man in What the Old Man Does is Always Right (Hoddinott) Scrooge in Christmas Carol (Kay) Jack Vaudeleur in Rajah's Diamonds (Hoddinott).

  • 1929 Death of baritone Arthur Middleton. Born 28 Nov 1880 in Logan, Iowa.  Died 16 Feb 1929 Debut as Herald in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1914 Teachers, Charles Adams, Alexander Emslie Pupil, Olive Townend-Middleton Sang in premiere of Azora (Hadley).

  • 1929 FP of Aaron Copland's Vitebsky Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, at a League of Composers concert featuring two members of the Pro Arte Quartet; violinist Alphonse Onnou and cellist Robert Mass with German pianist Walter Gieseking at Town Hall in NYC.

  • 1931 Death of Dutch pianist and composer Dirk Schafer, at age 57. b-1873.

  • 1933 Birth of American composer John H. BECK.

  • 1936 Birth of Israeli conductor Eliahu INBAL in Jerusalem.

  • 1936 FP of Edgard Varèse's Density 21.5 for solo flute, by flutist Georges Barrère in NYC. CD-Varèse - The Complete Works / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra · Asko Ensemble · Chailly.

  • 1938 Birth of American composer John CORIGLIANO in NYC.

  • 1938 Birth of tenor Hans Dieter Bader in Stuttgart. Debut as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1960 Teachers, Rudolf Gehrling, Weglein, Siegel Sang in premiere of Der Doppelgangerin (Meyerowitz).

  • 1939 Birth of Marita Napier Soprano Born 16 Feb 1939 Johannesburg Debut as Venus in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1969 Teacher, Th Lindenbaum Sang in premiere of Sacred Bones (Temmingh)

  • 1941 Death of soprano Frieda Felser. Born 3 Mar 1872 in Munich. Teacher, Zenker.

  • 1942 Birth of Chilean composer Gabriel BRNCIC.

  • 1943 Birth of British Royal Ballet dancer Anthony DOWELL in London.

  • 1944 Death of German composer Edmund von Borck, at 37.

  • 1944 Birth of Belgian conductor (La Petite Bande) Sigiswald KUIJKEN (KY' kin).

  • 1946 Birth of Italian soprano Katia RICCIARELLI in Rovigo. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1969 Teacher :- Iris Adami Corradetti. Search Katia RICCIARELLI.

  • 1947 Death of soprano Bianca Bianchi. Born 28 Jan 1855 in Heidelberg. Debut as Barbarina in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1873 Teachers, Aurelie Wilczek, Pauline Viardot Garcia.

  • 1947 FP of Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony.

  • 1951 Death of Japanese composer and conductor Hisatada Otaka in Tokyo. b-Tokyo, 26 SEP 1911. Works list.

  • 1956 FP of Leon Kirchner's Toccata for strings, winds and percussion, in San Francisco.

  • 1957 Death of Polish composer and pianist Josef Hoffmann in Los Angeles, Ca. b-Podgorze, 20 JAN 1876. Son of composer Josef Casimir Hoffmann.

  • 1962 FP of Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony.

  • 1963 Death of Hungarian composer Laszlo Lajtha, (LY' ta) at 70 in Budapest. b-Budapest, 30 JUN 1892.

  • 1968 Death of English composer Healey Willan, at age 87, in Toronto. b-Balham, Surrey, 12 OCT 1880.

  • 1971 Birth of American composer Byron Au YONG.

  • 1975 Death of bass Norman Treigle. Born 6 Mar 1923 in New Orleans. Debut as Lodovico in Otello (Verdi) 1947 Teacher, Elizabeth Wood Pupil, Michael Devlin Created John Hale in Crucible (Ward) Granpa Moss in Tender Land (Copland) Markheim in Markheim (Floyd) Olin Blitch in Susannah (Floyd) Judge Townsend in Passions of Jonathan Wade (Floyd) Sang in premiere of The Sejourner and Mollie Sinclair (Floyd).Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4 - Tu ne chanteras plus?

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