1820 Birth of English bass Willoughby Hunter WEISS in Liverpool. d-24 Oct 1867. Debut as Oroveso in Norma (Bellini) 1842. Teachers were Georgina Smart and William Balfe. Set to music Longfellow's 1839 poem What a Difference a Tree Makes!, in 1854, and made a fortune from it- but his other compositions are forgotten.
1828 Birth of baritone Marc BONNEHEE in Moumours.
Created Guy de Montford in Vespri Siciliani (Verdi).
1842 Founding of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Apollo Rooms in lower Manhattan were the site of the first concert of the New York Philharmonic Society on 7 DEC 1842 conducted by Ureli Corelli Hill, H.C. Timm, and Denis Etienne with 600 in the audience.
1845 Concert performance by American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Chopin said Gottschalk would become famous.
1848 Birth of Russian composer, pianist and teacher Vladimir PUCHALSKY. d-Kiev, 23 FEB 1933. Taught Vladimir Horowitz at Kiev Conservatory.
1849 Birth of singing teacher Selma Nicklass KEMPNER. d-22 DEC 1928.
Debut 1867. Teacher was Jenny Meyer. Pupils were Rita Fornia, Gertrude Forstel, Mary Hagen, Frieda Hempel, Estelle Liebling, Ottilie Metzger-Lattermann, Rachel Morton, Ursula van Dieman and Julie Shelley.
1861 Birth of Belgian tenor Ernst Van DYCK in Antwerp. d-31 AUG 1923. Debut as Lohengrin in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1887. Teachers were Saint-Yves Bax, Emmanuel Chabrier, Jules Massenet.
Created Patrice in Moina (De Lara) and Werther in Werther (Massenet).
1868 Birth of composer Eduard Jacobs, also was popular singer and pianist in the Dutch cabaret.
1876 Death of German baritone Anton Mitterwurzer. b-Sterzing Tyrol 12 APR 1818. Debut 1838. Created Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) and Wolfram in Tannhauser(Wagner). Sang in premiere of Kaiser Adolf von Nassau (Marschner).
1892 Birth of German baritone Rudolf BOCKELMANN in Bodenteich. d-9 OCT 1958. Debut as Herald in Lohengrin 16 Apl 1921. Teachers were Oscar Lassner, Karl Scheidemantel, Walter Soomer. Pupil was Hans Hotter. Created Rembrandt van Rijn in Rembrandt van Rijn (Klenek) and Orest in Leben des Orest (Krenek)
1894 Birth of German singing teacher Paul LOHMMANN in Halle. Pupils were Ingrid Bjoner, Toni Blankenheim, Roland Hermann, Hanne Lore Kuhse, Robert Lauhofer, Regina Marheinzke, Siegmund Nimsgern, Karl Widmer, Peter Roth-Ehrang, Jakob Stampfli, Ortrun Wenkel, Simone Mangelsdorff and Walter Geisler.
1914 Birth of Czech baritone Frantisek ROESLER in Brno (the second largest city of the Czech Republic ). Sang in premiere of Zenichove (Fischer); Jan Hus (Horky).
1928 Birth of English soprano April CANTELO in Purbrook Hants. Teachers were Joan Cross, Imogen Holst, Kurt Hoos, Julian Kimbell, Hans Oppenheimer. Pupils were Rosemary Joshua, Jeremy Huw Williams. Created Lady in Grace Todd (Crosse); Susan in Dinner Engagement (Berkeley). Orpah in Ruth (Berkeley); Bertha in Violins of St Jacques (Williamson); Semele in Semele (Eccles); Beatrice Weston in Our Man in Havana (Williamson).
Sang in premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten); English Eccentrics (Williamson)
1928 Birth of French tenor Alain VANZO in Monte Carlo. Debut as Pirate in Oberon (Weber) 1954. Teachers were Mme Audouard, Rolande Darcoeur, Mario Podesta.
1928 Birth of Austrian tenor Fritz UHL in Matzleinsdorf, near Vienna, Austria. Debut 1950. Teacher was Elisabeth Rado. Created Banker B in Versuchung (Tal); Lraprart in Play of Love & Death (Cikker); Bodyguard in Roi Berenger (Sutermeister) and Emperor in Avestand (Eder)
1930 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Barbro ERICSON in Halmsted.
Debut as Eboli in Don Carlos (Verdi).
Teachers were Ragnar Hulten, Nanny Larsen-Todsen, Kathe Sundstrom, Arne Sunnergardh. Created Mlle Arrenander in Herr von Hancken (Blomdahl).
Sang in premiere of Grand Macabre (Ligeti).
1930 Birth of composer Girolamo Arriego.
1931 Birth of composer Imre Olsvai.
1934 Birth of Romanian baritone Vasile MARTINOIU in Tirgo-Jiu, Romania. Debut as Di Luna in Trovatore (Verdi).
1958 Death of Welsh tenor Tudor Davies. b-South Wales, 12 NOV 1892. Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 1921. Teacher was Gustave Garcia. Created Prince Hal in At the Boar's Head (Holst); Brother Tom in John Socman (Lloyd). Sang in premiere of Leper's Flute (Bryson).