1845 Birth of Italian soprano Teresina Brambilla-PONCHIELLI in Cassano D'Adda. d-1 JULY 1921. Debut 1863. Teachers were Marietta Brambilla (aunt), Teresa Brambilla (aunt). Pupil was Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi.
1880 Birth of Russian composer Gregory KREIN, brother of Alexander and
father of Julian, also composers. d-6 JAN 1955.
1883 Birth of Italian baritone Cesare FORMICHI in Rome. d-21 JUL 1949. Debut 1909. Teachers were Di Pietro, Vincenzo Lombardi, Luigi Rasi. Sang in the premiere of Fedra(Romani).
1885 Birth of German contralto, mezzo-soprano Margarethe Arndt-Ober aka Margarete OBER in Berlin. d-17 MAR 1971. Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) 1906. Teachers were Arthur Arndt (later Husband), Benno Stolzenberg. Created Asa in Peer Gynt (Egk). Sang in premiere of Singing Devil (Schreker).
1885 Birth of tenor Lambert MURPHY. d. July 24, 1954.
MET: Début: Nov. 16, 1911 [Joe] La Fanciulla del West, 3 seasons
(1911-14) 137 perf., 18 roles, 14 works.
1891 Birth of German conductor Karl ALWIN (Alwin Oscar Pinkus).
d-Mexico City, 15 OCT 1945.
1925 Birth of Spanish tenor Juan ONCINA in Barcelona. Debut as Des Grieux in Manon (Massenet) 1946. Teachers were Jeanne Campredon, Mercedes Capsir, Augusta Oltrabella. Sang in premiere of Pour un Don Quichotte (Riviere). Vivi (Mannino).
1928 Death of Italian bass Vittorio Arimondi. b- Saluzzo, 3 JUN 1861. Debut in Guarany (Gomes) 1883. Created Pistol in Falstaff (Verdi).
1929 Birth of Italian tenor Renato CIONI in Portoferraio. Debut in 1956 at Spoleto as Edgardo in Lucia Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1953. MET Début:
Apr. 18, 1970 [Pollione] Norma, 1 season (1969-70) 6 perf. 1 role.
1929 Awarding of the Victor Talking Machine Company Competition Prize. However, judges of the competition decide that none of the submitted works deserved the full $25,000 prize, awarding $5000 each, to composers Aaron Copland, Ernest Bloch, and Louis Gruenberg, with $10,000 to Robert Russell Bennett submitting two works.
1931 (Aug?)Birth of American 'Hot Canary' pop violinist and composer Florian ZABACH in Chicago.
1945 Death of Welsh bass Malcolm McEachern. b-Albany N S W, 1883. Teacher was David Dick Slater.
1951 Death of American mezzo-soprano Sarah Jane Walker aka Mme. Charles Cahier. b-Nashville, 8 JAN 1870. Debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) 1904. Teachers were Jean De Reszke, Ernestinoff, Amalie Joachim, Gustav Walter. Pupils were Rosette Anday, Gota Ljunberg, Else Brems.
1971 Funeral mass of composer Igor Stravinsky at Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice. He died on 6 APR. There was a private funeral service on 9 APR. His body was flown to Venice, Italy, for a public funeral on 12 APR. The funeral Mass included his own Requiem Canticles. The coffin was taken by gondola to the island of San Michele. On 15 APR he was buried near his old friend Serge Diaghilev.
1975 Death of Italian tenor Mariano Caruso. b-Naples. Debut as Cassio in Otello (Verdi) 1945. Created 1st Priest in Prigoniero (Dallapiccola).
1975 Death of American baritone Arthur Endreze. b-Chicago, 28 NOV 1893. Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 28 Dec 1925. Teacher was Jean De Reszke.
Created Guercoeur in Guercoeur (Magnard). Metternich in Aiglon (Honnegar-Ibert). Comte Mosca in Chartreuse de Parme (Sauguet). Creon in Medee (Milhaud).
1993 Death of English soprano Winifred Radford. b-London, 2 OCT 1901. Debut as Barbarina in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1934. Teacher was bass Robert Radford (father). Pupils were Elizabeth Gale, Penelope Mackay. Portrait
1994 FP of Michael Torke's Bone for mixed ensemble, at the Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. Dog of Desire ensemble, David Alan Miller conducting in New York.
1998 FP of Philip Glass' opera Monsters of Grace at UCLA. Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman conducting, with computer animated images created by Robert Wilson.
2000 FP of Steve Mackey's Tuck and Roll Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra. Composer was soloist with the New World Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami, FL.