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1595 Birth of composer John Wilson. d- 22 February 1674), was an English composer, lutenist and teacher. Born in Faversham, Kent, he moved to London by 1614, where he succeeded Robert Johnson as principal composer for the King's Men, and entered the King's Musick in 1635 as a lutenist. He received the degree of D.Mus from Oxford in 1644, and he was professor of music there from 1656 to 1661. Following the Restoration, he joined the Chapel Royal in 1662. He died at Westminster.
1824 Death of Italian bass Francesco Benucci. b-1745. Created Figaro in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart). Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart); Robinson in Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa); Trofonio in Grotta di Trofonio (Salieri); Axur in Axur Re D'Ormus (Salieri); Tita in Cosa Rara (Martin y Soler).
1828 Birth of composer Pietro Plantania.
1839 Birth of composer Stanislaw Pilinski.
1853 Birth of composer Alfonso Randano.
1854 Birth of composer Vicente Goicoechea Errasti.
1866 Death of soprano Louise-Therese Lemonnier. b-Brest, 24 AUG 1789. Debut 1805. Created Princesse de Navarre in Jean de Paris (Boieldieu).
Sang in premiere of Cendrillon (Isouard). Enfant Prodique (Gaveux); Jean D'Arc a Orleans (Carafa); Leicester (Auber); Danilowa (Adam); Josephine (Adam).
1876 Birth of Swedish composer, organist and music critic Viktor Patrik VRETBLAD. d-Stockholm, 15 JAN 1953.
1882 ('04?) Birth of English tenor Joseph HISLOP in Edinburgh. d - Upper Largo, Fife 6 MAY 1977.
Debut as Faust in Faust (Gounod) 12 Sep 1914. He was married to Nancy Fraser, daughter of Walter Passmore.
Teacher was Gillis Bratt. Pupils were Einar Andersson, Jussi Bjorling, Joyce Blackham, Charles Craig, Keith Erwin, Elizabeth Fretwell, John Fryatt, Peter Glossop, Hugo Hasslo, Anna Pollak, Karin Langebo, Donald Maxwell, Birgit Nilsson, Arne Ohlson, Alberto Remedios, Ramon Remedios, Sven Olof Sandberg, Noel Mangin, Anders Naslund, Erik Sjoberg, Thomas Round, Alvar Lidell, Rowland Jones, William McAlpine, Francis Loring, Per Grunden, Conny Soderstrom.
1885 Birth of composer Dimitrie Cuclin.
1892 Birth of bass Rudolf WATZKE in Niemes. d-18 DEC 1972.
Teachers were George Armin, Karl Kittel, Frau Kreisel-Hauptfeld
Pupil was Dieter Brencke.
1898 Birth of soprano Edytha FLEISCHER in Falkenstein.
Debut as Susanna in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1919.
Teacher was Lilli Lehman. Pupil was Noemi Souza. MET Début 16 MAR 1927 [First Lady] Die Zauberflöte, 10 seasons
(1926-36) 401 perf., 37 roles, 33 works.
1917 Birth of American composer Richard YARDUMIAN in Philadelphia. d-Philadelphia, 15 AUG 1985.
1922 Birth of composer Harry Freedman.
1924 Birth of Italian soprano Onelia FINESCHI in Florence.
Debut as Desdemona in Otello (Verdi) 1943. Francesco Albanese.
1925 Birth of American bass Keith ENGEN in Frazee, Minnesota. d-Murnau, Bavaria 2 SEP 2004. Debut 1954. Teachers were Pavel Ludikar, Frau McMurray, Tino Pattiera, Elisabeth Rado. Created Okeanos in Prometheus (Orff); Jerome de Courvoisier in Play of Love & Death (Cikker); Alexander Dumas in Blood Moon (Dello Joio); Johannes Melendez in Don Juan de Manera (Tomasi). Sang in premiere of Ubu Rex (Penderecki); Harmonie der Welt (Hindemith); Aucassin und Nicolette (Bialas).
1925 Birth of composer Oldrich Flosman.
1927 Birth of bass-baritone James MILLIGAN in Halifax Nova Scotia. d-28 NOV 1961. Debut 1955.
1928 Birth of composer David Farquhar Andress.
1932 Birth of American soprano and actress Mary COSTA in Knoxville. Photo. Debut in Carmina Burana (Orff) 1959. MET Début
Jan. 6, 1964 [Violetta] La Traviata, 7 seasons (1963-67, 73-75, 77-78)
36 perf. 7 works. Teachers were Mario Chamlee, Ernest St John Metz, Ruth Miller. Created Ninette in Blood Moon (Dello Joio). Was 22 when Walt Disney asked her to be the voice of Princess Aurora in his 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty." TV-Climax (1954) - Co-host (1956-1958). Golden Globe nomination, New Star Of The Year-
The Great Waltz, 1972.
1933 Birth of Swiss soprano Eugenia RATTI in Geneva, 5 APR 1933.
1936 Birth of English composer John White in Berlin. BIO.
1969 Death of Russian soprano Andrjeva von Skilondz. b-St. Petersburg, 27 JAN 1881. Debut 1904. Pupils were Anna-Lisa Bjorling, Kim Borg, Kjerstin Dellert, Eva Gustavson, Sonja Norin, Carl Axel Hallgren, Arne Hendriksen, Benna Lemon-Brundin, Astrid Ohlson, Margit Mandahl, Stina Britta Melander, Kerstin Meyer, Rut Moberg, Eva Prytz, Isa Quensel, Greta Sodermann, Elisabeth Soderstrom.
1974 Death of English soprano Jennifer Vyvyan at age 49 in London. b- 13
1978 Death of Italian baritone Carlo TAGLIABUE. b-Como, 13 JAN 1898. Debut as Amonasro in Aida (Verdi) 1922. Teachers were Gennai, Ghidotti.
Pupils were Raffeale Arie, Giuseppe Zecchillo, Vasile Martinoiu, Angelo Gobbato. Created Scedeur in Straniero (Pizzetti). Sang in premiere of Fiamma (Respighi). Morte di Frine (Rocca); Guido del Popolo (Robbiani).