1793 Birth of French (Flemish) soprano Henriette Méric-Lalande,
renowned for her supple voice and ability in coloratura, in Dunkirk. d-7 SEP 1867. Debut 1814. Teachers were Manuel Garcia Snr, Davide Banderali, Bonfichi, Talina. Created Imogene in Pirata (Bellini); Zaira in Zaira (Bellini); Bianca in Bianca e Fernando (Bellini); Alaide in Staniera (Bellini); Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti); Elvida in Elvida (Donizetti); Palmide in Crociato in Egitto (Meyerbeer); Isabella di Lara in Cavalieri di Valenza (Pacini); Giovanna d'Arco in Giovanna d'Arco (Pacini); Leonora di York in Carlo di Borgogna (Pacini); Mina in Orfano della Selva (Coccia).
1843 Birth of Hungarian conductor Hans RICHTER in Raab, Hungary. d- Bayreuth, 5 DEC 1916.
1858 Birth of Italian soprano Medea Mei FIGNER in Florence. d-8 JUL 1952.
Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) 1875. Teachers were Elidoro Bianchi, Carlotta Carozzi-Zucchi, Heinrich Panofka. Pupil was Lydia Figner-Gerard (daughter). Created Iolanta in Iolanta (Tchaikovsky); Masha in Dubrovsky (Napravnik); Lisa in Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky). Sang in premiere of Francesca da Rimini (Napravnik).
1859 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Medea MEI-FINGER in Florence. d-Paris, 8 JUL 1952.
1863 Birth of French soprano Blanche MARCHESI in Paris. d-15 DEC 1940. Photo Debut as Brunnhilde in Walkure (Wagner). Teacher was Mathilde Marchesi (mother). Pupils were Muriel Brunskill, Astra Desmond, Jack Freestone, Virginia Rea, Ellen Gulbranson, Maria Jeritza.
1890 Death of Italian baritone Giovanni CORSI. b-Verona, 1822. Debut as Dandini in Cenerentola (Rossini) 1844. Pupils were Bianca Bellincioni, Gemma Belincioni, Annie Louise Cary, Giovanni Tagliapietra. Created Issachar in Ebreo (Apolloni); Diego in Cid (Pacini); Ismaele in Schiava Saracena (Mercadante).
1895 Birth of Spanish tenor Isidoro FAGOAGA in Navarre Spain. d-MAY 1976.
Debut as Samson in Samson et Delilah (Saint-Saens). Teachers were M.Silva, Enrico Thos, Luis Iribarne.
1897 FP of Ernest Chausson's Poème for violin and orchestra at a Colonne Concert with Eugene Ysäye as soloist in Paris.
1903 Birth of Mexican bass-baritone Friedrich GYNROD in Mexico City. d-22 APR 1978. MET: Début: Feb. 3, 1945 [Kurwena] Tristan
und Isolde, 2 seasons (1944-46) 4 perf., 2 works.
1905 Birth of French conductor and composer Eugene BOZZA in Nice.
1919 Birth of Antony Tudor, in England, choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957).
1922 Birth in NYC of American composer Elmer BERNSTEIN. Academy Award-winning composer of film scores: Thoroughly
Modern Millie ; Sudden Fear, The Man with the Golden Arm, Ten Commandments, Sweet Smell of Success, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Walk on the Wild Side, and The Magnificent Seven. Studied with Roger Sessions. d-Ojai, CA 18 AUG 2004. He began his career as a concert pianist. 2001 marked his 50th anniversary as a feature film composer who has written the music for over 200 major film and television scores.
1933 Birth of Swedish tenor Sven-Olaf ELIASSON in Boliden Sweden. Debut 1961. Teacher was Ragnar Hulten. Created Nadir in Queen of Golconda (Berwald).
Paul Ree in Lou Salome (Sinopoli). Sang in premiere of House with Double Entrance (Rosenberg); Wahrer Held (Klebe).
1937 Birth of mezzo-soprano Laura ZANNINI in Trieste. Debut as Isobella in Italiana in Algeri (Rossini) 1955. Teachers were Gilla Dalla Rizza, Bruno Maderna. Sang in premiere of Panchina (Liberovici); Orfeo A.D.MCMXLVII (Ramous); Requiem per Elisa (Hazon).
1940 Birth of bass (baritone) Fernand DUMONT in Creteil. Debut as Zuniga in Carmen (Bizet) 1970. Sang in premiere of Ondine (Daniel-Lesur); Cume des Jour (Denisov).
1946 Birth of Russian baritone Sergei LEIFERKUS. Debut as King in Die Kluge (Orff) 1972. Teachers were Yuri Barsov, Sergei Shaposhnikov, Maria Matveyeva.
1960 Birth of English soprano Jane EAGLIN in Lincoln. Debut as Lady Ella in Patience (Sullivan) 1984. Teachers were Tito Gobbi, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Joseph Ward.
1964 Death of American mezzo-soprano Cyrena Van Gordon. b-Camden, OH 4 SEP 1866. Photo Debut as Amneris in Aida (Verdi) 1913. Teacher was Louise Dotti.
1968 Death of Mexican mezzo-soprano Fanny Anitua. b-Durango, 22 JAN 1887. Debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) 1909. Photo. Teachers were Leonor de Samaniego, Ariste Frances Chitti. Pupils were Marta Ornelas (Domingo), Oralia Dominguez.
Created Etra in Fedra (Pizzetti).
1972 Death of German-born American composer Stefan Wolpe at age 69, in NYC.
1975 Death of American tenor (baritone) Joseph Bentonelli. b-Missouri, 10 SEP 1898. Debut as Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1924. Teachers were Jean de Reszke, Vittorio Vanzo. Created Donatello in Fiamma (Respighi).