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1654 FP of the opera-ballet Le Nozze di Pelco e Theti at Petite Bourbon in Paris.
1676 Birth of German viola de gamba virtuoso Ernst Christian HESSE in Thuringia. Teacher of his son, Ludwig Christian Hesse, who became one of the last great virtuosi of the viola da gamba. Note that the son, using two different names, studied under two teachers in Paris each bragging to the other about their star pupil.
1861 Birth of French operatic bass Jean Francois DELMAS in Lyons. d-29 SEP 1933. Debut as St Bris in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1886. Teachers were Bussine, Louis-Henri Obin. Created Pirithous in Ariane (Massenet). Marco Colonna in Monna Vanna (Fevrier), Molza in Tasso (D'Harcourt), Athanael in Thais (Massenet), Gobin in Rondine (Puccini), Fabius Maximus in Roma (Massenet), Amron in Mage (Massenet), Gauthier in Helle (Duvernoy), Mathias in Messidor (Bruneau), Attila in Burgonde (Vidal), Phur in Astarte (Leroux), Duc de Guise in Roi de Paris (Hue), Scanras in Barbares (Saint-Saens), Eveque in Orsola (Hillemacher), Akiba in Fils de l'Etoile (Erlanger), Pierre in Foret (Savard).
1862 Birth of German composer Alphons MAURICE in Hamburg. d-Dresden, 27 JAN 1905. Operas, "Josepha," & "Schatz."
1866 Birth of German bass-baritone Felix Fleischer-JANCZAK in Leipzig. d-20 AUG 1964.
1870 Birth of American baritone Francis ROGERS in Roxburg, MA. Pupils were Carol Brice, Charles Kullman.
1871 Birth of Puerto Rican-American tenor Antonio PAOLI in Ponce. d-24 AUG 1946. Known as "Second Tamagno." Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1897. Teacher was Baldelli. Pupils were Teresa Cabrera, Ester Comas, Ramon Fonseca, Olga Iglesias.
1873 Birth of composer Viktor Joseph Keldorfer.
1878 Birth of German baritone Hans BAHLING in Frankfurt, 14 APR 1878; d-Auerbach, 12 JAN Jan. 12, 1938.
1886 Birth of German bass-baritone Felix FLEISCHER-JANCZAK in Leipzig. d-20 AUG 1964.
1892 Birth of Russian baritone George CEHANOVSKY in St Petersburg. d-Yorktown Heights, NY 25 MAR 1986. MET Opera Début 13 NOV 1926, [Kothner] Meistersinger, 40-seasons (1926-66) 2395-perf., 96 roles, 58 works. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 1921. Created Major Domo in Vanessa (Barber).
1895 Birth of Polish composer Wiktor LABUNSKI. d-1974. Brother of composer Felix.
1900 Birth of Italian bass Salvatore BACCALONI in Rome. d-NYC, 31 DEC 1969. Studied architecture, later music. Debut in Rome (1921). La Scala in Milan under Arturo Toscanini. (1926); London (1928-9); U, S. Début Chicago, (1930). Known as greatest buffo since Luigi Lablache and large repertory. Sang nearly 170 roles in five languages. In retirement from opera, he appeared in comedy films... Full of Life (1958); Merry Andrew (1958); Rock a Bye Baby (1958); Fanny (1960); and The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962). MET Opera Début 7 DEC 1940 [Bartolo] Le Nozze di Figaro, 23 seasons (1940-62, 1964-65) 413 perf. of 15 roles, 14 works. Teacher was Giuseppe Kaschmann. Created Georgibus in Prezione Ridicole (Lattuada). Astolfi in Campiello (Wolf-Ferrari). Sang in premiere of Fra Gherardo (Pizzetti). Madama di Challant (Guarino). Maddalena (Michetti).
1906 Birth of American composer Hunter JOHNSON. d-1998.
1908 Birth of English tenor Stephen MANTON in Leads. d-9 SEP 1970. Teacher was Sir Edward Bairstow. Created Mr Gray in Gentleman's Island (Horovitz). Scrooge in Christmas Carol (Coleman). Sang in premiere of Hands Across the Sea (Hopkins).
1910 Birth of German born Swiss pianist, conductor, composer and teacher Werner Wolf GLASER, in Cologne.
1911 Death of French soprano Anna Maria Louise Judic. b-Semur-en-Auxois, 11 JULY 1849. Created Princess Cunegone in Rei Carotte (Offenbach). Sang in premiere of Madame L'Archduc (Offenbach). Creole (Offenbach), Doctor Ox (Offenbach), Lili (Herve), Mamzelle Nitouche (Herve), Rousette (Lecocq), Grand Casimir (Lecocq), Niniche (Boullard).
1922 Birth of composer David Alexandrovich Toradze.
1922 First radio concert broadcast from an airplane. Soprano Jeanette Vreeland sings as she flys over NYC.
1928 Birth of American tenor Loren DRISCOLL in Wyoking, MN. MET Opera Début 23 DEC 1966 Wagner, [David] Die Meistersinger, 3 seasons (1966-67, 68-69, 71-72) 25 Perf., 2 works. Debut as Dr Caius in Falstaff (Verdi) 1954. Created Edgar Linton in Wuhering Heights (Floyd). Dionysus in Bassarids (Henze). 1st Officer in Untergang der Titanic (Siebert). Lord Barat in Junge Lord (Henze). Sang in premiere of Traum des Liu-Tung (Yun Isang). Montezuma (Sessions).
1940 Birth of tenor Adolf DALLAPOZZA in South Tyrol. Debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Donizetti). Teacher was Frau Weissgerber.
1942 Death of English tenor Paul Reimers. b-London, 14 MAR 1877. Debut as Max in Freischutz (Weber) 1903. Teachers were Jean Criticos, George Henschel, Spengel, Raimund von Zur Muhlen. Pupil was Martha Lipton.
1946 (9th?) Birth of Scottish trumpeter John WALLACE in Fife.
1949 Birth of English soprano Eiddwen HARRHY in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Debut 1969. Teachers were Paul Hamburger, Ena Mitchell, Andre Vessieres, Frederic Cox, Erich Vietheer. Created Oriane in Servants (Mathias). Marian Singleton in Plumber's Gift (Blake).
1956 Birth of American soprano Barbara BONNEY in Montclair, N J. MET Opera Début 3 MAR 1988 [Najade] Ariadne auf Naxos, 9 seasons (1987-89, 90-91, 92-93, 95-thru 2000) 53 perf., 7 works. Debut as Anna in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 1979.
1958 Birth of American soprano Aprile MILLO in NYC. MET Opera Début 20 JUN 1984 [Elvira] Ernani, 16 seasons (1983-97, 98- thru 2000) 147 perf., 14 roles, 13 works. Debut as Aida in Aida (Verdi) 1980. Teachers were Margherita Ghirosi, Giovanni Millo (father), Rita Patane.
1958 On NBC-TV's 'Tonight Show', Jack Paar introduces First American winner of Tchikovsky Piano Prize, Van Cliburn.
1981 FP of FLOYD's "Willie Stark" in Houston, w/Jan Curtis (m/s) [Sadie], Timothy Nolen (b) [Willie]; Julia Conwell (s) U.S. / Alan Kays, and Don Garrard. Conwell: Julia Conwell: b. Philadelphia, 1955; Has sung at Bavarian State Opera, Stuttgart [Nedda]; Barcelona, Mozart's Lucio Silla, San Francisco (1976); her home base is Munich.