1684 Death of violin craftsman Nicola Amati in Cremona Italy at 87
1710 Birth of Italian castrato CAFFARELLI (Gaetano Majorano) in Bari. d-31 JAN 1783. Debut in Valemaro (Sarro) 1726. Teacher was Nicola Porpora. Created Xerxes in Xerxes (Handel). Faramondo in Faramondo (Handel). Farnaspe in Adriano in Siria (Pergolesi). Alessandro Severo in Alessandro Severo (Handel). Oreste in Andromacca (Leo).
1818 Birth of German baritone Anton MITTERWURZER in Sterzing, Tyrol. d-2 APR 1876. Debut 1838. Created Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde (Wagner). Wolfram in Tannhauser(Wagner). Sang in premiere of Kaiser Adolf von Nassau (Marschner).
1824 Birth of French tenor Joseph Theodor BARBOT in Toulouse. d-1 JAN 1879. Debut 1848. Teachers were Elwart, Manuel Garcia Jr.
Pupils were Albert Vaguet, Meyriane Heglon. Created Faust in Faust (Gounod).
1892 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Irene Minghini CATTANEO in Lugo, Ravenna. d-in a
bombing attack by allied forces at the end of WW-II, 24 MAR 1944. Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) Jan 1918. Teachers were Ettore Cattaneo (later husband), Cicognani. Created Woman in Fra Gherardo (Pizzetti). Jarifa in Re Hassan (Ghedini).
1898 Birth of French soprano Lily PONS in Cannes (Her personal bios indicate 1904 as birth year). d-Dallas, 13 FEB 1976. Pons on CD. Debut as Lakme in Lakme (Delibes) 1928. Teachers were Alberto De Gorostiaga, Giovanni Zenatello. m-1938, BIO. Pons to conductor Andre Kostelanetz. Later divorced.
1907 Birth of English composer, writer and conductor Imogen HOLST. d-9 MAR 1984. Daughter of composer Gustav Holst. Biography
1924 Birth of Austrian bass-baritone Franz MAZURA in Salzburg. Debut 1949.
Teacher was Fred Husler. MET: Début Dec.
12, 1980 [Schön] Lulu, 12 seasons (1980-92) 167 perf., 17 roles, 14 works.
1927 Birth of German bass-baritone Gunther LEIB in Gotha, Thuringia, Germany. Debut as Bartolo in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1952.
Sang in premiere of Till (Wohlgemuth).
1927 Birth of English baritone Thomas HEMSLEY in Coalville.
Debut as Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) 1951. Teacher was Lucie Manen.
Pupils were Christopher Robson, William Dazeley. Created Head Reaper in Ruth (Berkeley). Caesar in Catiline Conspiracy (Hamilton). Demetrius in Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten). Mangus in Knot Garden (Tippett).
1932 Birth of Czech mezzo-soprano Vera SOUKUPOVA in Prague.
Debut as Carmen in Carmen (Bizet) 1957. Teachers were Louis Kaderabek, A Mustanova-Linkova. Created Chajat in Musa Dzhalil (Zhiganov).
1932 Birth of Bulgarian-American composer and teacher Henri LAZAROF in Sofia.
1933 Birth of Spanish soprano Montserrat CABALLE'in Barcelona. On CD. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1956.
Teachers were Napoleone Annovazzi, Conchita Badia, Eugenie Kemmeny.
Created Isabella in Cristobal Colon (Balada).
Sang in premiere pf Marie de Montpellier (Koering).
1933 Death of French soprano Lola Artot de Padilla. b-Sevres, 5 OCT 1880. Debut as Mignon 1902. Teacher was Desiree Artot de Padilla (mother).
Created Turandot in Turandot (Busoni). Grave site photo.
1933 Birth of German baritone Peter-Christoph RUNGE in Lubeck. Debut as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) 1958.
Teachers were Edith Boroschek, Lilly Schmitt De Giorgi.
1938 Death of American soprano Marie Tiffany. b-Chicago, 3 JUL 1880. Created Female Lover in Tabarro (Puccini). Nella in Gianni Schicci (Puccini).
1938 Death of Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin, in Paris. b-Kazan, 13 FEB 1873. On CD. Debut as Steward in Halka (Moniuszko) 1890. Teacher was Dmitri Usatov. Created Don Quichotte in Don Quichotte (Massenet). Asvab in Vieil Angle (Gunsbourg).
1943 Death of Italian tenor Edoardo Garbin. b-Padua, 12 MAR 1865. Debut as Alvaro in Forza Del Destino (Verdi) 1891. Teachers were Vittorio Orefice, Alberto Selva. Pupil was Kurt Baum. Created Fenton in Falstaff (Verdi). Milio Dufresne in Zaza (Leoncavallo). Giovanni Gallurese in Giovanni Gallurese (Montemezzi). Don Fernan Guevara in Cristoforo Colombe (Franchetti).
1948 Birth of Italian soprano Mariella DEVIA in Chiusavecchia.Debut 1972 as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) 1972. MET: Début:
Dec. 18, 1979 [Gilda] Rigoletto, 11 seasons (1979-80, 81-87, 88-90,
91-92, 93-94) 73 perf., 5 works.