1697 Death of castrato Bonaventura Argenti. Born 1620 in Perugia.
1723 FP of J. S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 22Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe and No. 23 Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn [Howard Weiner indicates both cantatas were performed on 7 FEB 1723 as quasi two-part work] then on Esto mihi Sunday was part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig 1723-24.
1758 Birth of tenor and composer Benedikt Schack. Born 7 Feb 1758 in Mirotice. Debut in Frascatana (Paisiello) 1786
Teacher, Joseph von Frieberth, Anton Laube
Created Tamino in Zauberflote (Mozart).
1823 Birth of Polish-Prussian composer and conductor Franz Richard GENEE in Danzig. d-Suburban Vienna, 15 JUN 1895
1844 Birth of Bohemian violinist and composer Josef REBICEK.
1859 Birth of American soprano Emma NEVADA in Nevada City California Died 20 June 1940
Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 17 May 1880
Teachers:- Mathilde Marchesi
Pupils :- Mignon Nevada (daughter) Olive Townsend-Middleton
1862 Death of Czech composer and conductor Franz Skroup in Rotterdam. b-Suburban Pardubice, 3 JUN 1801.
1870 Birth of Dutch composer Cornelis DOPPER in Stadskanaal. d-Amsterdam, 18 SEP 1939.
1871 Birth of Swedish pianist and composer Wilhelm STENHAMMAR in Stockholm. d- Stockholm, 20
1871 Birth of Hermann Schramm Tenor
Born 7 Feb 1871 Kossabuda Died 11 Dec 1951
Debut as Gomez in Nachtlager von Granada (Kreutzer) 1895
Sang in premiere of Dornroschen (Humperdinck)
Obern Chabart (von Waltershausen)
Fennimore & Gerda (Delius)
Sprung uber der Schatten (Krenek)
Die Zehn Kusse (Sekles)
1878 Birth of Russian-American pianist and conductor Ossip GABRILOWITSCH in St. Petersburg. d-Detroit, MI, 14 SEP 1936. m-Clara Clemens the daughter of Samuel Clemens
aka author Mark Twain.
1881 Birth of Mariska Aldrich Mezzo-Soprano
Born 7 Feb 1881 Boston U S A
Debut as Urbain in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1908
Teachers:- George Henschel, Alfred Auguste Giraudet
1889 Birth of Claudia Muzio Soprano
Born 7 Feb 1889 Pavia Died 24 May 1936
Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 15 Jan 1910
Teachers:- Elettra Callery-Viviani, Annetta Casaloni
Created Giorgetta in Tabarro (Puccini)
Cecilia in Cecilia (Refice)
Gisca in Abisso (Smareglia)
Sang in premiere of Baronessa di Carini (Mule)
1889 Birth of Italian soprano Claudia MUZIO. d- Rome, 24 MAY 1936.
1896 Birth of Italian tenor Galliano MASINI in Livorno Died 15 Feb 1986
Debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca (Puccini) 1924
Teacher :- Giovanni Laura
Sang in premiere of Caracciolo (Vittadini)
Palla De'Mozzi (Marinuzzi)
1897 Birth of American composer Quincy PORTER in New Haven, CT. d-Bethany, CT 12 NOV 1966.
1908 Death of Carl Nebe Baritone
Born 1858 Braunschweig Died 7 Feb 1908
Teachers:- Felix Mottl, Eduard Nebe(father), Wilhelm Sedlmayer,
Sang in premiere of Das Unmoglichiste von Allem (Urspruch)
Roland von Berlin (Leoncavallo)
Heilmar der Narr (Kienzl)
Das Wald (Smyth)
1910 Birth of Elisabeth Reichelt Soprano
Born 7 Feb 1910 Dresden 7 May 2001
Debut as Sandrina in Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) 1936
Teachers:- Hintze, Senta Kutzschbach, Wademar Staegemann
Pupil :- Andreas Schmidt
Sang in premiere of Dorian Gray (Hanell)
1918 Death of Russian composer Alexander Taneyev in Petrograd. b-St. Petersburg, 17 JAN 1850. Director of the Russian Imperial Chancellery he was a parttime composer.
1922 FP of W. Stenhammar's incidental music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Lorensberg Theater in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1925 Birth of Rumanian-born French composer Marius CONSTANT, in Bucharest. d-15 MAY 2004.
1925 Death of Giuseppe Kaschmann Baritone
Born 14 July 1847 Lussimpiccolo Istria Died 7 Feb 1925
Debut as Banquo in Macbeth (Verdi) 1868
Teacher :- Alberto Giovannini
Pupil :- Salvatore Baccaloni
Created Christofero Colombo in Cristofero Colombo (Franchetti)
Mislav in Mislav (Zacj)
Don Gil in Maria Tudor (Gomes)
1927 Birth of Paulo Fortes Baritone
Born 7 Feb 1927 Rio de Janiero
Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1948
Teachers:- Gabriella Besanzoni, Flaminio Contini, Murillo De Caraolho
Created Perrouche in Izaht (Villa-Lobos)
Francoise Gomes da Silva in O Chalaca (Mignone)
Vidigal in Militia Sergeant (Mignone)
1928 Birth of Jef Vermeerch Baritone
Born 7 Feb 1928 Brugge
Debut as Wotan in Rheingold (Wagner) 1960
Teachers:- Achiel von Beveren, Mina Bolotine
1931 Death of Sven Nyblom Tenor
Born 23 Mar 1868 Uppsala Died 7 Feb 1931
Debut as Radames in Aida (Verdi) 1900
Teachers:- Gillis Bratt, Mariano Padilla y Ramos, Lilli Lehmann
Created Arbocast in Valborgsmassa (Hallen)
1931 FP of Deems Taylor's opera Peter Ibbetson at the MET in NYC.
1933 Birth of Welsh tenor Stuart BURROWS in Ponypridd
Debut as Ismaele in Nabucco (Verdi) 1963
1938 FP of David Van Vactor's Bagatelles for Strings in Chicago.
1939 Birth of Lois McDonall Soprano
Born 7 Feb 1939 Larkspur Alberta
Debut as Susanna in Segreto di Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari) 1963
Teacher :- Otakar Kraus, Eileen Turner, G.Jones, Irene Jessner
Created Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina (Hamilton)
1939Norman Welsby Baritone
Born 7 Feb 1939 Warrington
Debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1968
Teachers:- Gwilym Jones, Otakar Krauss
Created General in We Come to the River (Henze)
Sang in premiere of Magic Fountain (Delius)
1943 Death of Sigrid Arnoldson Soprano
Born 20 Mar 1861 Stockholm Died 7 Feb 1943
Debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1885
Teachers:- Oscar Arnoldson (father), Desiree Artot de Padilla, Fritz Arlberg
Mathilde Marchesi, Maurice Strakosch
1961 Death of Hans Reinmar Bass-Baritone
Born 11 Apl 1895 Vienna Died 7 Feb 1961
Debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1919
Teacher :- Vittorio Vanzo
Pupil :- Karl Schmitt-Walter
Sang in premiere of Burgschaft (Weill)
1969 Death of Margaret Ritchie Soprano
Born 7 June 1903 Grimsby Died 7 Feb 1969
Debut as Pamina in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1929
Teachers:- Harry Plunkett-Greene, Henry Wood, Agnes Nicholls
Created Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Britten)
Lucia in Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
Tormentilla in Poisoned Kiss (Vaughan-Williams)
1981 Birth of American composer Hugh DAIGLE in Concord, MA.
1994 Death of Polish composer and conductor Witold Lutoslawski in Warsaw. b-Warsaw, 25 JAN 1913.
1995 Death of Jean Giraudeau Tenor
Born 1 July 1916 Toulon Died 4 Feb 1995
Debut as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon (Thomas) 1942
Pupils :- Jean Dupouy, Andree Francoise, Bernard Muraccide
Christiane Stutzman, Marc Vento
Sang in premiere of Secondatto (Bruni-Tedeschi)
Hop Signor (Rosenthal)
Il etait un petit navire (Tailleferre)
2002 FP of William Kraft's Red Azalea by
the University of California-Santa Barbara. The opera is based on
Anchee Min’s memoir of the same name about her youth in Shanghai under the
Maoist régime. See:
2003 FP of Ezra Laderman's Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra.
Richard Page, bass clarinet. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Herbig, cond. in Pittsburgh, PA.CD-The Music of Ezra Laderman, Vol. 5