1751 Birth of American clerk, selectman, teacher, part-time physician, singer and composer Supply BELCHER in in Stoughton, Massachusetts and sang in the Stoughton Music Society under William Billings. d-Farmington, ME 1836.
1754 Birth of composer Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky.
1869 Birth of Spanish tenor Florencio CONSTANTINO in Bilbao, Basque part of Spain. d-Argentina, 19 NOV 1919. Debut in Dlores (Breton) FEB 1896. Teacher was Leopold Stiatesi. MET: Début Nov. 24, 1910 [Duke] Rigoletto, 2 seasons (1910-12) 4 perf., 2 roles. (Source, Record of Singing)
1870 Edvard Grieg boasts how Franz Liszt performed his Piano Concerto at sight and loved his work.
1888 Birth of baritone Hilbert VAVRA in Prague. d-8 JAN 1950.
Debut as Onegin in Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 21 JAN 1912.
Teachers were Mattia Battistini, Dinh Gilly, Antonin Vavra (father).
Pupils were Jaroslav Gleich, Stepanka Jelinkova, Ladislav Mraz,
Jarmila Novotna, Jarmila Palivcova.
1888 Birth of Russian-born American theatrical impresario Sol HUROK. d- NYC, 5 MAR 1974.
1888 Birth of American composer Florence Smith Price. (Wanamaker Prize 1932)
1898 Birth of American bass and actor Paul ROBESON in Princeton, NJ. d-Philadelphia, 23 JAN 1976. Teachers were Anna Schoen-Rene, Amanda Aldridge. BIO.
1898 Birth of Austrian tenor Julius PATZAK in Vienna. d- 26 JAN 1974. Debut as Radames in Aida (Verdi) 3 APR 1926. Pupils were Norman Bailey, Ernst Haefliger, Herbert Handt. Created Camille Desmoulins in Danton's Tod (Von Einem). Young Cavalier in Herz (Pfitzner). Private in Friedenstag (Strauss). Newsvendor in Passe Kontrolle (Angerer). Sang in premiere of Der Mond (Orff).
1904 Death of Hungarian baritone Johann Nepomuk Beck. b-Budapest, 5 MAY 1827. Debut as Speaker in Zauberflote 1851. Created Solomon in Queen of Sheba (Goldmark).
1906 Birth of Hungarian-American conductor Antal DORATI in Budapest.
d-Gerzensee, Switzerland, 13 NOV 1988. He
was on staff of the Budapest Opera (1924-28). Dresden Opera (1928-29) Search Antal DORATI. BIO.
1909 Birth of composer Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky.
1909 Birth of dancer Robert Murray Halpmann.
1910 Birth of mezzo-soprano Cleo ELMO in Lecce. d-24 MAY 1962.
Debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1935.
Teachers were Edvige Ghibaudo, Pedrini, Rinolfi. Created Moraima in Re Hassan (Ghedini). Kabanova in Uragnano (Rocca). Goneril in Re Lear (Frazzi). Marfa in Prosperina y el Extranjero (Castro).
1912 Birth of Belgian soprano Lily DJANEL . MET Début: Jan. 24, 1942
[Carmen] Carmen, 5 seasons (1941-46) 57 perf., 6 roles, 5 works.
1915 Birth of German tenor Rudolf SCHOCK in Duisberg. d-13 NOV 1986.
Debut 1937. Teachers were Lorenz Hofer, Robert Von Der Linde.
Created Ercole in Penelope (Liebermann).
1926 FP of Edgard Varèse's Amériques. Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting.
1930 Death of French soprano Rose Caron. b-Monerville France, 17 NOV 1857. Debut as Brunehild in Sigurd (Reyer) World premiere 7 Jan 1884.
Teachers were J-J Masset, Louis-Henri Obin, Marie Sass, Tharset. Pupil was Abby Richardson. Created Lorance in Jocelyn (Godard). Subject of famous Degas painting.
1933 Death of German composer and organist Sigfrid Karg-Elert at age 55, in Leipzig. b-Oberndorf-on-Neckar, 21 NOV 1877.
1936 Death of Polish soprano Berta Foerstrova-Lauterova in Prague. b-Prague, 11 JAN 1869. Debut as Agatha in Freischutz (Weber) 12 Aug 1887.
Teacher was Tauwitz, Antonia Poldkova-Panachova. Sang in premiere of Jacobin (Dvorak). Debora (Foerster).
1939 Singer Marion Anderson performs for 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial.
Sponsored by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and those protesting the
Daughters of the American Revolution, who would not let Anderson sing at
DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
1943 Birth of Italian bass-baritone Claudio DESDERI in Alessandria. Debut as Guadenzio in Signor Bruschino (Rossini) 1969. Pupils were Rosemary Joshua, Roselle Ragatzu.
1945 Birth of English tenor Neil JENKINS in Sussex. Debut as Nikita Magadoff in Consul (Menotti) 1968. Teachers were Robert Bowman, John Carol Case, Gerald English, Helga Mott. Created Mario Cavaradossi in Exposition of a Picture (Oliver).
1949 Death of Russian soprano Maria Cebotari. b-Kishinev, 23 Feb 1910. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1931. Teachers were Oscar Daniel, Alexander Wyruboff, Louis Bachner. Created Aminta in Schweigsame Frau (Strauss). Lucile in Danton's Tod (Von Einem). Isolde in Vin Herbe (Martin).
1952 Birth of Scottish tenor Harry NICOLL in Perthshire, Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Debut as Nemerino in Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti) 1978. Teachers were Edward Brooks, Lyndon Van Der Pump. Created Wimar and Ben in Wildman (Le Fanu). M. Edmond de Gonfleur in Belle Vivette (Offenbach). Sang in premiere of Vanishing Bridegroom (Weir).