1778 Death of English composer Thomas Arne in London. b-London, 12 MAR 1710.
1782 Birth of tenor Raffaele Monelli in Fermo. Died 14 Sep 1859
Created Bertrando in Inganno Felice (Rossini)
Dorvil in Scala di Seta (Rossini)
Sang in premiere of Vestale (Mercadante).
1805 Birth of French composer and harpsichordist Theodore LaBarre Berry in Paris. d-Paris, 9 MAR 1870.
1824 Birth of soprano Anne-Arsene Charton-Demeur in Saujon. Died 30 Nov 1892
Debut as Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1842
Created Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict (Berlioz)
Dido in Trojans (Berlioz).
1882 Birth of soprano Pauline Donalda in Montreal. Died 22 Oct 1970
Debut as Manon in Manon (Massenet) 1904
Teachers, Edmond Duvernoy, Clara Lichtenstein, Babette Rosen
Pupils, Michelle Bonhomme, Joseph Rouleau, Clarice Carson
Created Ah-Joe in Oracolo (Leoni)
Sang in premiere of Chatterton (Leoncavallo).
1887 Birth of Brazilian composer Heitor VILLA-LOBOS in Rio de Janiero. d-
Rio, 17 NOV 1959.
1888 Death of Austrian composer and pianist Leopold Von Meyer in Dreden. b-Baden, 20 DEC 1816.
1893 Birth of tenor Alessio de Paolis in Rome. Died 9 Mar 1964
Debut as Duke in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1919
Teacher, Di Pietro
Sang in premiere of La Favola d'Orfeo (Casella)
Basi e Bote (Pick-Magiagelli)
Bisbetica domata (Persico)
Vedova Scaltra (Wolf-Ferrari)
Donna Serpente (Casella)
Farsa amorosa (Zandonai).
1899 Birth of English composer Patrick HADLEY in Cambridge. d-King's Lynn, 17 DEC 1973.
1900 Birth of tenor Josef Gostic in Stara Loka, Slovenia. Died 25 Dec 1963
Created Midas in Liebe der Danae (Strauss).
1903 Birth of soprano Gitta Alpar in Hungary. Died 17 Feb 1991
Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1923
Teacher, Laura Hilgermann.
1904 FP of Anatole Liadov's symphonic poem Baba Yaga.
1915 Birth of baritone Gregorio Fiasconaro in Palermo. Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1937
Teachers, Xenia Belmas, Riccardo Stracciari, Mario Sammarco.
1929 Birth of soprano Sylvia Stahlman in Nashville. Died 19 Aug 1998
Debut as Elvira in Puritani (Bellini) 1951
Teacher, Toti Dal Monte, Palestrina, Malona
Created Dame Kobold in Dame Kobold (Wimberger)
Dany in Photo of the Colonel (Searle)
Sang in premiere of Panfilo & Lauretta (Chavez).
1945 Death of soprano Louise Reuss-Belce. Born 24 Oct 1860 in Vienna. Died 5 Mar 1945
Debut as Elsa in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1881
Teachers, Joseph Gansbacher, Fritz Planck
Pupils, Paul Bender, Paul Harrison, Wilhelm Strienz, Elsa Alsen
Created Ingewelde in Ingewelde (Schilling)
Sang in premiere of Rubin (D'Albert).
1947 Death of Italian composer Alfredo Casella, in Rome. b-Turin, 25 JUL 1883.
1948 Birth of English conductor Richard HICKOX in Stokenchurch,
1950 Birth of American-Australian composer Becky LLEWELLYN in St. Paul, MN.
1950 (4 MAR?)Birth of American violinist Eugene FODOR in Turkey Creek, CO.
1952 Death of bass-baritone Nikolai Speransky. b-30 Jul 1877 in Saratov. Died 5 Mar 1952
Teachers, Mattia Battistini, Camille Everadi
Pupil, Hussein Aga Hadjibekov
Created Dodon in Coq D'Or (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Suleyman in Izema (Ippolitov-Ivanov).
1953 Death of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in Moscow.
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin also died in Moscow on this day which somewhat overshadowed Prokofiev's death. b-Sontsovka, 23 APR 1891.
1954 Birth of American composer Jack STAMP in College Park, MD.
1961 Death of baritone Richard Bitterauf . Born 6 Apr 1900 in Nurenburg. Died 5 Mar 1961
Teacher, Felix Krueger
1973 Death of Polish born, Swiss conductor Paul KLETZKI while rehearsing
Royal Liverpool Orchestra.
1984 Death of Italian baritone Tito Gobbi. Born 24 Oct 1913 Bassano del Grappa Died 5 Mar 1984
Debut as Rodolfo in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1935
Teachers:- Giulio Crimi, Richard Morton
Pupils, Janice Cairns, Luca Canonici, Jane Eaglen, Ruth Falcon
Eric Garrett, Haken Haggegard, Louis Berkman,
Mani Mekler, Louis Manikas, Rosalind Horsington
Peter Knapp, Mario Malagnini, Marta Marquez
Created Lord Inferno in Ipocrita Felice (Ghedini)
Storyteller in Tesoro (Napoli)
Sang in premiere of Monte Ivnor (Rosca)
Nozze di Haura (Lualdi).
1990 FP of David Ward-Steinman's Intersections II: Borobudur. Canberra Institute of the Arts with percussionist Daryl Pratt, composer at the piano in Australia.
2000 Death of tenor Alexander Young. Born 18 Oct 1920 in London. Died 5 Mar 2000
Debut as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss) 1948
Teachers, Stefan Pollmann, Walter Hyde
Pupils, David Fieldsend, David Rendall, Nigel Robson,
Created Philippe in Dinner Engagement (Berkeley)
Cicero in Catiline Conspiracy (Hamilton)
Popristchin in Diary of a Madman (Searle)
Charles Darnley in A Tale of two Cities (Benjamin).
2003 FP of Bright Sheng's Tone Poem for Pipa, Sheng, Cello, Piano, and Orchestra Song and Dance of Tears with Wu Man, pipa; Wu Tong, sheng; Yo-Yo Ma, cello and Emanuel Ax, piano. New York Philharmonic, David Zinman conducting.
2004 FP of Gerard Schurmann´s Trio by Richard Hawkins, clarinet; Peter Rejto (RY´toh), cello; Christiana Dahl, piano. Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival in Tucson, AZ.
2005 Death of Romanian-American conductor Sergiu Comissiona in Oklahoma City, OK. b-1929.