1773 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Giuseppina GRASSINI in Varese. d-3 JAN 1850. Debut in Pastorella Nobile (Guglielmi). Teachers were Girolamo Crescenti, Lodovico Marchesi, Benedetto Secchi, Domenica Zucchinetti. Pupils were Giuditta Pasta, Giulia Grisi, Giuditta Grisi. Created Orazia in Orazi e I Curiazi (Cimarosa). Giulietta in Giulietta e Romeo (Zingarelli). Zaira in Zaira (Winter). Prosperina in Ratto di Prosperina(Winter). Sang in premiere of Artaserse (Zingarelli).
1863 Birth of Austrian mezzo-soprano Irene von CHAVANNE in Graz. d-Dresden, 26 DEC 1938. Debut 1885. Teachers were Desiree Artot de Padilla, Johannes Ress, Mme Souvestre-Paschalis. Created Herodias in Salome (Strauss).
1881 Birth of German pianist and composer Hermann K J Zilcher.
1882 Birth of English conductor Leopold STOKOWSKI in London. (Father, Polish; Mother, Irish. Came to US in 1905). The Philadelphia Orchestra came into world prominance under his leadership from 1912 to 1936. d-Nether Wallop, Hampshire, 13 SEP 1977.
1888 Birth of German soprano Frida LEIDER in Berlin. d-4 JUN 1975. Debut as Venus in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1915. Teachers were Otto Schwarz, Louis Bachner. Pupils were Elizabeth Steiner, Ingeborg Exner, Sylvia Fisher.
1897 Birth of soprano Shevket MAMEDOVA in Tbilisi. Debut as Violetta in Traviata (Verdi) 1921. Teacher was Shperling. Created Gyulsara in Shakh Ismail (Mahomayev). Sang in premiere of Shakh-Senem (Glier). Nergiz (Mahomayev).
1910 Birth of Austrailian soprano Sylvia FISHER in Melbourne. d-1996. Debut as Hermione in Cadmus et Hermione (Lully). Teachers were Gustav Sacher, Adolf Spivakovsky, Frida Leider. Created Cressida in Troilus & Cressida (Walton).
1913 Birth of composer Milos Sokola.
1913 Birth of American composer and teacher Kent W. KENNAN in Milwaukee, WI.
Univ Texas, Austin, Professor of Music Emeritus and a prominent figure
in the composition of American classical music,
Kennan's numerous compositions have been widely performed and
published. Best known is "Night Soliloquy," which in the version
for flute and strings has been played by all the major orchestras in
the country under conductors including Toscanini, Ormandy,
Stokowski, and Ozawa, and recorded under six different labels. Retirement announcement. d-Austin, TX 1 NOV 2003.
1932 Birth of Russian soprano Nadezda KNIPLOVA in Ostrava. Debut 1957.
Teachers were Zdenek Otava, Kamila Ungrova, Jarmila Vavradova.
1933 Death of English bass Harry Dearth. b-London, 1876. Debut as Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1897. Teachers were Manuel Garcia Jr, Gustave Garcia.
1934 (1932?) Birth of American tenor George SHIRLEY in Indianapolis. Debut as Eisenstein in Fledermaus (Strauss J) 1959. Teachers were Edward Boatner, Amos Ebersole, Thenny Georgi, Cornelius Reid. Created Romilayu in Lily (Kirchner).
1942 Birth of English bass Richard ANGAS in Surrey. Debut as Lodovico in Otello (Verdi) 1966. Teachers were George Baker, Olive Groves, Ilse Raff, Josephine Veasey, Erik Werba. Created Cataline in Cataline Conspiracy (Hamilton). 1st Attendant in We Come to the River (Henze). Caller and Judge in Mark of Orpheus (Birtwistle). Pontius Pilate in Meister und Margarita (Holler). Somnus, Apollo and High Priest in Semele (Eccles). Sang in premiere of Montsegur (Landowski).
1946 Birth of English tenor Robin LEGGATE in Cheshire. Debut as Herald in Wat Tyler (Bush) 1974. Teacher was David Keren.
1946 Birth of composer Anne Boyd.
1948 Birth of American soprano Catherine MALFITANO in NYC. Debut as Nanetta in Falstaff (Verdi) 1972. Teachers were J. Malfitano, Henry Lewis. Created Doll Bilby on Bilby's Doll (Floyd). Trina Sieppi in McTeague (Bolcom). Sang in premiere of Tranformations (Susa). Washington Square (Pasatieri).
1950 Birth of Christopher LAWRENCE, managing director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
1950 Birth of Canadian pianist Jane COOP in St. John, New Brunswick.