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  • 1717 Birth of composer Guillaume Gommaire Kennis

  • 1713 Vivaldi takes off from Pieta for Vicenza for FP, in May, of his first opera Ottone in Villa, at the Teatro delle Grazie. Vivaldi life timeline.

  • 1728 FP of Handel's "Tolomeo, rè di Egitto" London.

  • 1757 FP of Giardini's "Rosmire" London.

  • 1781 FP of Salieri's "Der Rauchfangkehrer" Lustspiel, Vienna.

  • 1792 Birth of composer Johann Friedrich Schwencke

  • 1805 FP of Boieldieu's "La Jeune Femme colère" St. Petersburg.

  • 1837 Birth of composer Alfred Gaul

  • 1843 Birth of French soprano Hortense SCHNEIDER in Bordeaux. d-6 MAY 1920. Debut as Inez in Favorita (Donizetti). Teacher was Schaffner. Created Helene in Belle Helene (Offenbach). Boulette in Barbe-Bleue (Offenbach). Grande Duchesse in Grande Duchesse de Geroldstein.

  • 1848 Birth of German soprano Marie HANFSTANGEL in Breslau. d-1917. Debut 1867. Teachers were Luigi Vannuccini, Pauline Viardot-Garcia.

  • 1855 Death of English opera conductor and composer Henry Rowley Bishop.

  • 1855 FP of Hector Berlioz's Te Deum. The church of St. Eustache in Paris.

  • 1857 FP of Offenbach's "Dragonette" Paris.

  • 1870 Birth of Austro-Hungarian composer Franz LEHAR in Komaron. d-Bad Ischi, 24 OCT 1948. Works list.

  • 1871 Birth of American soprano Louise HOMER in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA. d-Winter Park, FL, 6 MAY 1947. MET Opera Début 14 NOV 1900 [Amneris] Aida, 22 seasons (1900-14, 15-19, 27-30, 34-35) 734 perf., 46 roles, 40 works.

  • 1873 FP of Dubois' "La Guzla de l'émir" Paris.

  • 1883 Death of violinist and founder of the Rosa Opera Co, Carl Rosa in Paris.

  • 1883 Birth of composer David John de Lloyd

  • 1884 Birth of American composer Albert Israel ELKUS, Univ. Cal. music prof, in Sacremento, CA. d-1962.

  • 1884 Birth of German tenor Georg BALDSZUN in Berlin. d-27 MAY 1948.

  • 1885 (1881?)Boston Pops founded by Henry Lee Higginson, who was its director and financial backer until 1918. Espanade Concerts.

  • 1885 Birth of Italian composer and futurist painter Luigi RUSSOLO. d-6 FEB 1947.

  • 1886 Birth of English composer, pianist and teacher Frank MERRICK in Clifton, Bristol. d-London, 19 FEB 1981.

  • 1889 Birth of American composer and conductor Chalmers CLIFTON.

  • 1889 Birth of composer Acario Cotapos

  • 1889 Birth of composer Rudolph Hermann Simonsen

  • 1902 Birth of composer Andre-Fran‡ois Marescotti

  • 1902 Birth of composer Rudolf Wittelsbach

  • 1902 FP of Debussy's opera Pelleas and Melisande in Paris at the Opera Comique. Mary Garden as Melisande. Jeanne Gerville-Réache as Geneviève.

  • 1903 Birth of German composer Gunther Raphael

  • 1903 Victor records releases it's first Red Seal recording. Disc by contralto Ada Crossley.

  • 1910 Birth of Romanian tenor Petre MUNTEANU. d-Milan, 18 JUL 1988.

  • 1911 Birth of composer Hans Studer

  • 1911 Debut of 10 year old violinist, Jascha Heifetz in St. Petersburg.

  • 1912 Death of Czech composer Frantisek Kmoch. b-Zasmuky, suburban Kolín, Bohemia, 1 AUG 1848.

  • 1916 (1920?)Birth of soprano Alda NONI in Trieste. Debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini).

  • 1916 Birth of American conductor Robert SHAW in Red Bluff, Iowa. d-New Haven, CT 25 JAN 1999.

  • 1917 FP of Mascagni's "Lodoletta" Rome.

  • 1920 Birth of soprano Alda NONI in Trieste.

  • 1922 Death of French tenor Louis Cazette. b-Nantes, 9 DEC 1887. Debut as Noctambule in Louise (Charpentier). Teachers were A. Delpouget, Emile Engel, Jan Redev, Albert Saleza.

  • 1925 FP of Paul Hindemith's Kammermusik No. 3, Op. 36, no. 2. The composer conducting with Rudolf Hindemith, cellist in Bochum, Germany.

  • 1925 FP of Standford's "The Traveling Companion" in Liverpool, an amateur perferformance.

  • 1929 Birth of Italian tenor Doro ANTONIOLI. d.-Edolo, Brescia, 18 JUN 1999.

  • 1931 Birth of Italian bass Ferruccio MAZZOLI in b-Bologna. Debut as Palemon in Thais (Massenet) 1954. Teachers were Antonio Melandri, Rina Malatrasi.

  • 1932 Birth of composer Anton Larrauri

  • 1934 Birth of American baritone William CHAPMAN in Los Angeles. Debut as Macbeth in Macbeth (Verdi) 1957. Teachers were William De Mille, Edward Lippi, Leon Cepparo, Raymond Smolover. Created Prisoner in Maria Golovin (Menotti).

  • 1939 FP of Weill's "Railroads on Parade" NYC.

  • 1932 Opening of the first Yaddo, Festival of Contemporary Music at Saratoga Springs, NY.

  • 1934 FP of Igor Stravinsky's opera Persephone. Ida Rubinsetin, speaker, and the composer conducting at the Paris Opéra.

  • 1937 Death of Dutch baritone Carel Van Hulst. b-Amsterdam, 20 DEC 1881. Debut as Silvio in Pagliacci. Teacher was Cornelie Von Zanten.

  • 1937 FP of U. Gadzhibekov's "Kyor-Oglu" Moscow.

  • 1939 Birth of American violinist and composer Ellen Taaffe ZWILICH in Miami, FL. First female to win the Pulitzer Music prize, 1983.

  • 1941 Birth of Spanish conductor Luis Antonio Garcia NAVARRO in Valencia, Chiva. d-11 OCT 2001.

  • 1941 Birth of composer Wilfried Jentzsh

  • 1944 Birth of Russian violinist Lydia Mordkovitch. d-9 DEC 2014 OBIT
  • 1945 FP of Alfano's "Il Dottor Antonio" Rome.

  • 1951 Death of soprano Désirée Ellinger. Sang in Pablo Luna's 1916 zarzuela, 1001 Nights, El asombro de Damasco `The Terror of Damascus'. The zarauela was performed in English as The First Kiss, opened at the New Oxford Theatre, London, on 10 NOV 1924. The cast also included Courtice Pounds. It ran for forty-three performances.

  • 1951 Death of American soprano Lucy Gates. b-St. George, UT 5 NOV 1885. Debut as Annchen in Freischutz (Weber) 1909. Teacher was Blanche Corelli.

  • 1956 Birth of composer Adrian WILLIAMS.

  • 1968 Death of English baritone and singing teacher Clive Carey. b-Hedingham, 30 MAY 1883. Teacher was Jean De Reszke. Pupils were Edward Byles, Edith Coates, Arnold Matters, Elsie Morrison, Alberto Remedios,Eric Shilling, Joan Sutherland, David Ward, Ruth Naylor, Rita Hunter, Elizabeth van Rompaey, Kenneth Bowen, Margaret Nisbett, John Noble, Sybil Scanes.

  • 1970 Birth of Spanish composer Josué Bonnin de GóNGORA in Madrid.

  • 1970 Birth of composer Brian W. OGLE.

  • 1970 Death of composer Hall Francis Johnson in NYC. b-Athens, GA 2 JUN 1887.

  • 1973 FP of Lou Harrison's Concerto for Organ, at San Jose State University, with organist Philip Simpson.

  • 1974 FP of Samuel Barber's Three Songs, op 45. D. Fischer-Dieskau, Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center, NYC.

  • 1976 MET Opera Debut of American baritone William Justus. [Escamillo] Carmen. His only performance there.

  • 1979 FP of Harbison's "Full Moon in March" Cambridge, MA.

  • 1983 Death of choreographer George Balanchine at age 78. b-St. Petersburg, Russia, 22 JAN 1904. aka Georgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze .

  • 1984 MET Opera Debut of Austrian bass-baritone Peter Wimberger. Wagner [Woton] Die Walküre.

  • 1988 (29th?) Death of American tenor James McCracken. b-Gary, IN 16 DEC 1926. Debut as Rodolfo Boheme (Puccini) 1952. Teachers were Marcello Conati, Ezekiel, Joyce McLean, Mario Pagano, Elsa Seyfert.

  • 1991 FP of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Bass Trombone Concerto. Charles Vernon with the Chicago Symphony, Daniel Barenboim conducting.

  • 1994 FP of John Harbison's String Quartet No. 3. Lydian String Quartet at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

  • 2000 Death of German-American composer and staff arranger for Detroit radio station WWJ, Bernhard Heiden. b-Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany 24 AUG 1910.

  • 2003 FP of Augusta Read Thomas' Sun Threads. Avalon String Quartet, Lincoln Center, NYC.

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