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1546 Birth of composer Arcangelo Crivelli
1672 Birth of composer Johann Philipp Kafer
1730 Birth of composer Antonin Kammel
1749 Birth of composer Johann Michael Malzat
1749 FP of Handel's Royal Fireworks against his wishes, as its official premiere was scheduled for 27 APR. This public rehearsal at Vauxhall Gardens had 12,000 in attendance, which caused traffic jams on London Bridge. [Julian calendar, Gregorian calendar, 2 MAY].
1853 Birth of composer Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer
1854 - Wladyslaw Rzepko, comp
1871 - Vojtech Rihovsky, composer
1871 Birth of German composer and conductor Leo BLECH. d-Berlin, 25 AUG 1958. Opera, "Aglja" (1893); "Cherubina"
(1894); "Das War Ich" (1902), "Aschenbrödel" (1905); "Versuegelt"
(1908); "Die Strohwitwe" operetta, (1920).
1880 Birth of American soprano Estelle LIEBLING in NYC.
d-25 SEP 1970. MET Opera Début 24 FEB 1902 [Marguerite]
Les Huguenots, 2 seasons (1901-02, 03-04) 4 perf., 4 works. Debut as Lucia di Lammermoor 1898. Teachers were Mathilde Marchesi, Selma Nicklass-Kempner. Pupils were Beverley Sills, Lucy Monroe, Jessica Dragonette. Kenneth Schon, Jean Tennyson, John Philip Modenos.
1882 Birth of Canadian tenor W. H. ANDERSON. d-12 APR 1955.Pupil was Morley Meredith.
1887 Death of American baritone Harry De GARMO in Detroit. Debut 1910.
1888 Birth of American composer and teacher Felix DEYO. d-1959.
1889 FP of G. Puccini's opera Edgar at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
1889 Birth of Russian-American violinist, composer
and teacher Efrem ZIMBALIST at Rostov-on-the-Don. Head of Curtis Institute of music from 1941 to 1968. m-Singer Alma Gluck, 1914, she died in 1938. In 1943 m-Mary Louise Curtis Bok founder of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. d-Reno, NV 22 FEB 1985. Son, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and grandaughter, Stephanie Zimbalist, popular actors. Opera: "Landara" (Philadelphia, 1956); "Honeydew" (musical comedy, NY, 1920).
1891 Death of Dutch composer Johannes Worp in Groningen. b-Broek in Waterland 24 DEC 1821.
1892 Birth of Russian composer and inventor of the electric instrument "La
Croix Sonore", Nicolas OBOUHOV, in Moscow.
1899 Birth of American composer and teacher Randall THOMPSON in NYC. Taught at Curtis in Philadelphia until 1941. d-Boston, 9 JUL 1984. Opera: "Solomon and Balkis" (New York, CBS, 1942, Cambridge MA, 4/14/1942); "The Nativity according to St Luke" (Cambridge, MA, 1961).
1901 Birth of Spanish composer Juan Julian BAUTISTA in Madrid. d-Buenos
Aires, 8 JUL 1961.
1906 Birth of lyric tenor Giovanni MALIPIERO in Milan. d-11 APR 1970. Debut as Duke in Rigoletto 1930.
1911 Birth of American baritone Leonard WARREN [Warrenoff] in NYC.
d-4 MAR 1960 on stage at the MET as Don Carlo in La Forza Del Destino. Debut as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra 13 JAN 1939. MET Opera Début 13 JAN 1939 [Paolo] Simon Boccanegra, 22 seasons (1938-60) 654 perf., 26
roles, 24 works. Teachers were Giuseppe De Luca, Sidney Dietch, Giuseppe Pais, Riccardo Picozzi, Will J. Stone. Created Ilo in Island God (Menotti).
1920 Birth of Italian composer and conductor Bruno MADERNA in Venice. d-Darmstadt, 13 NOV 1973. Opera: "Satyricon" (1973); "Don
Perlimplin" (radio opera RAI, 1962); "Hyperion" `Lirica in forma di
spettacolo' Venice Festival, 1964, a composite of "Dimensioni III,
Aria de Hyperion," and tape); "Von A bis Z" (Dramstadt, 1970).
1921 Birth of mezzo-soprano Sieglinde WAGNER in Linz, Austria.
Debut as Erda in Siegfried (Wagner) 1943. Teachers were Carl Hartmann, Luise Willer. Sang in premiere of Juliette (Erbse).
1921 Death of soprano-castrato Alessandro Moreschi. b-Rome, 11 NOV 1858. The last known Castrato and the only one to record. Teacher was Gaetano Capocci.
1922 FP of Frederick Converse's Symphony No. 2. Boston Symphony, Pierre Monteux conducting.
1927 Birth of Italian soprano Suzanne SARROCA in Carcassone. Created Madame De in Madame De (Damase).
1931 Birth of bass-baritone Bengt RUNDGREN in Karlskrona, Sweden. Debut as Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1962. MET Opera Début 8 MAR 1974 [Hagen] Götterdammerung, 2 seasons (19 73-75) 16 perf., 3 works. Teachers were Ragnar Hulten, Arne Sunnergard. Created Lasse in Herr von Hancken (Blomdahl).
1936 Birth of Swiss organist and harpsichordist Lionel ROGG.
1937 FP of A. Copland's play-opera for high school The Second Hurricane at the Grand Street Playhouse in NYC. Professional Children's School, Henry Street Settlement adult chorus, and the Seward High School student chorus, with Lehman Engle conducting and Orson Welles directing. Actor Joseph Cotton particepated for fee of $10.
1939 Birth of English composer and pianist John McCABE in Liverpool. Recorded all of Haydn's sonatas.
1973 FP of Sire Arthur Bliss' Variations for orchestra. Leopold Stokowski conducting in London.
1979 MET Opera Debut of American bass Ara Berberian [Kecal] the Bartered Bride, 18 seasons (1978-89, 90-97) 333 perf., 37 roles., 33 works.
b-Detroit, 1932. Attended the University of Michigan. Repertoire includes over 150 different operatic roles. He is especially noted for his interpretations of Osmin in Mozart's The Abduction From the Seraglio, and Don Basilio in Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
2004 FP of Nathan Currier´s
GAIAN VARIATIONS, ORATORIO ON TEXTS OF JAMES LOVELOCK, LOREN EISELEY, AND LEWIS THOMAS. The New York Virtuoso Singers, The Canticum Novum Singers; soloists Elizabeth Keusch, soprano, Marietta Simpson, alto, John Aler, tenor, Kevin Maynor, bass; piano soloists Emma Tahmiziàn and Judith Lynn Stillman; special guest appearances by Anne Akiko Meyers, violin, Shanghai String Quartet, Chris Turner, harmonica, John Bullard, banjo., Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Harold Rosenbaum. Avery Fisher Hall, New York City.