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  • 1723 FP of Feo's "Morano e Rosina" Naples.
  • 1726 Death of Italian castrato Francesco Antonio Pistocchi. b-Palermo, 1659. Debut 1687. Teachers were Antonio Pasi, Perti, B Monari, Padre Vastamigli. Pupils were Antonio Mario Bernacchi, Giovanni Carestini, Bertolino Da Faenza, Annibale Pio Fabri, G-B Minelli, Valentino Urbani, Pietro Morigi, Domenico Gizzi, Luigi Albarelli, Giulio Maria Cavalletti. Sang in Premiere of Favore degli Dei (Sabadini).
  • 1726 FP of Hasse's "Il Sesostrate" Naples.
  • 1735 Birth of composer Horace Coignet
  • 1746 Birth of American composer Oliver BROWNSON. d-1815.
  • 1767 FP of Mozart's "Apollo et Hyacinthus" Salzburg.
  • 1756 Birth of composer Wojciech Zywny
  • 1776 Birth of composer Charles Ots
  • 1776 Birth of composer Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa 1842 - Birth of composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan, London England, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
  • 1827 FP of Donizett's "Otto Mesi in due ore, ossia Gli Esiliati in Siberia" Naples.
  • 1833 FP of Mendelssohn's Sym. No 4, Italian. Composer conducting, in London.
  • 1835 Death of Italian tenor Serafino Gentili. b-Venice, 1775. Debut 1796. Created Lindoro in Italiani in Algeri (Rossini). Valerio in Belle Usi di Citta (Coccia). Celeso in Elise e Claudio (Mercadante). Amorveno in Amor Conjugale (Mayr). Emone in Emira Regina D'Egitto (Mosca G).
  • 1842 Birth of English comic opera composer Arthur SULLIVAN with William S. Gilbert, in London. d-London, 22 NOV 1900. OPERA, "Cox and Box" (London, 1867); "The Contrabandista" London, 1867); "Thespis" (London, 1871); "Ivanhoe" (1891); "The Rose of Persia" (1899); "The emerald Isle" (completed by E. German, 1901). CANTATA: "The Golden Legend" (after Longfellow, Leads, 1886); ORATORIO: "The Light of the World" (Birmingham, 1873); GILBERT & SULLIVAN: "Trial by Jury" (1875); "H.M.S. Pinafore" (1888); "The Pirates of Penzance" (1879); "Patience" (1881); "Iolanthe" (1882); "Princess Ida" (1884); "The Mikado" (1885); "Ruddigore" (1887); "Yoemen of the Guard" (1888); "The Gondoliers" (1889); "Utopia Limited" (1893); "The Grand Duke" (1896); Sullivan "also composed, Onward Christian Soldiers, and The Lost Chord.
  • 1846 Birth of Italian singing teacher Alberto Antonio VISETTI in Spalato Dalmatia. d-9 JUL 1928. Pupils were Parry Jones, Edmund Burke, Louise Kirkby-Lunn, Aurelie Revy.
  • 1847 Birth of Norwegian composer Johannes HAARKLOU in Førde. d-Oslo, 26 NOV 1925.
  • 1854 Birth of composer Paul Klengel
  • 1859 Birth of Danish opera composer August ENNA in Nakskov. d-Copenhagen, 3 AUG 1939. Opera, "Agleia" (1884); "Heksen" (Copenhagen, 1892); "Cleopatra" (Copenhagen, 1894); "Aucassin and Nicolette" (Copenhagen, 1896); "The Match Girl" (after Anderson, Copenhagen, 1897); "Den lille pige med svolstikerne" (Copenhagen, 1897); "Lamia" (Antwerp, 1899); "Ung Elskov" (1st produced in Weimer, as "Heisse Liebe" 1904); "Princess on the Pea" (after Anderson, Arhus, 1900); "The Nightingale" (after Anderson, Copenhagen, 1912); "Gloria Arsena" (Copenhagen, 1917); "Børnene fra Santa Fé" (1918); "Comedians" (after Victor Hugo's L'Homme gui rit, Copenhagen, 1920); "Don Juan Mañara" (Copenhagen, 1925); "Afrodites praestinde" (1925); "Ghettoens dronning" (1932).
  • 1862 FP by the Theodore Thomas Orchestra in NYC. American premieres of Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture and Liszt's orchestration of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy.
  • 1864 Birth of French bass Marius CHAMBON in Venissieux-les-lyon. d-AUG 1945. Debut as Marcel in Huguenots (Berlioz) 1890. Created Old Hebrew in Samson et Delilah (Saint-Saens). Hector's Ghost in Troyens (Berlioz).
  • 1866 Birth of Hungarian violinist Ottokar NOVACEK in Fehertemplom. Member of great orchestras as well as Leipzig Gewanhaus and Brodsky Quartet. d-NYC, 3 FEB 1900.
  • 1867 FP of Sullivan's "Cox and Box" London.
  • 1868 FP of Grandval's "La Pénitente" Paris.
  • 1868 Birth of composer Paolo Gallico
  • 1872 FP of Hrimalý's "Zaklety Princ" Prague.
  • 1874 Birth of English bass-baritone Robert RADFORD in Nottingham. d-London, 3 MAR 1933. Debut as Commendatore in Don Giovanni 1904. Teachers were Battison Haynes, Frederick King, Albert Randegger. Pupil was Winifred Radford. Created Abbott Tunstall in Angelus (Naylor).
  • 1874 - Birth of composer Henry Clough-Leiter, composer
  • 1876 Birth of composer Raoul Laparra
  • 1876 Birth of French composer Raoul LAPARRA in Bordeaux. d-Suresnes, 4 APR 1943.
  • 1876 FP of Denza's "Wallenstein" Naples.
  • 1877 FP of Cesar Frank´s Les Eolides at a Lamoureaux Concert in Paris.
  • 1881 Birth of Hungarian soprano Ilona DURIGO in Budapest. d-Budapest, 25 DEC 1943. Debut 1906. Teachers were Philipp Forsten, Bianca Maleczky. Pupil was Maria Stader.
  • 1886 Birth of Latvian-American composer and violinist Joseph Achron.
  • 1898 Birth of German baritone Fritz SCHAETZLER in Nurenburg. d-La Habra, CA, 3 FEB 1994.
  • 1900 Death of German composer and conductor Herman Levi in Munich. b-Giessen, 7 NOV 1839.
  • 1906 Birth of American soprano Maxine STELLMAN in W. Brattleboro, VT. d-25 JUN 1972. Studied at Juilliard School, she went on to win the 1937 Auditions of the Air. For fifteen seasons a mainstay among Met comprimarios, after leaving the Met, in 1950, she accepted a few voice students. MET: Début: 22 MAY 1936 [Amore] Orfeo ed Euridice, 15 seasons (1935-50) 564 perf., 35 roles, 28 works.
  • 1913 Birth of Romanian conductor Constantin SILVESTRI. d- 1969.
  • 1913 Birth of American organist and music on recordings catalog publisher (1949), William SCHWANN in Salem IL. d-Lincoln, MA 7 JUN 1998 at age 85.
  • 1916 Death of American soprano Clara Louise Kellogg. b-Sumterville, SC 9 JUL 1842. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 27 FEB 1861. Teacher was Emanuele Muzio.
  • 1919 Birth of German baritone Heinz BORST in Stuttgart. Created Laban in Blackwood & Co (Schibler).
  • 1920 Birth of English flutist Gareth MORRIS.
  • 1920 FP of Weingartner's "Die Dorfschule" and "Meuster Andrea" Vienna.
  • 1921 FP of Stolz' "Die Tanzgräfin" Vienna.
  • 1922 FP of Szymanowski's "Hagith" Warsaw.
  • 1927 Birth of Belgian bass Louis HENDRIKX in Antwerp. Debut as Samuel in Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) 1963. Teacher was Willem Ravelli.
  • 1932 Birth of Russian conductor Yuri AHRONOVITCH in Leningrad. d-Cologne, 31 OCT 2002. Has appeared with the leading Russian opera companies.
  • 1933 Birth of American composer Alden ASHFORTH.
  • 1933 Birth of composer Stig Gustav Schonberg
  • 1935 Birth of composer Yizhak Sadai
  • 1935 Birth of composer Nigel Butterley
  • 1935 Birth of American baritone Dominic COSSA in Jessup, PA. MET Opera Début 30 JAN 1970 [Silvio] Pagliacci, 7 seasons (1969-75, 78-79) 107 perf., 11 roles. Debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1961. Teachers were Anthony Marlowe, Robert Weede. Created David Murphy in Hero (Menotti).
  • 1937 Birth of American conductor Judith SOMOGYI in NYC.
  • 1938 Birth of Rumanian tenor Ludovic SPEISS in Cluj. Début [Cavaradossi] Tosca (1966). MET Opera Début 3 JUN 1971 [Manrico] Il Trovatore, 2-seasons (70-72) 5 perf., 3 roles.
  • 1940 Birth of German bass-baritone Andreas BECKER in Berlin.
  • 1941 FP of Krenek's "Tarquin" Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.
  • 1949 FP of Jeremiáš' "Enspígl" (Til Eulenspiel) Prague.
  • 1949 FP of Andrzej Panufnik's Sinfonia Rustica in Warsaw.
  • 1949 Birth of English conductor and composer Jane GLOVER.
  • 1950 Death of soprano Pauline De Ahna. b-Ingolstadt, 4 FEB 1863. Debut 1890. Teacher was Richard Strauss (her husband). Created Freihild in Guntram (Strauss).
  • 1950 FP of Badings's "The Night Watch" Antwerp.
  • 1951 Birth of Dutch composer and pianist Guus JANSSEN in Heiloo.
  • 1952 Death of Italian soprano Vera Amerighi Rutili. b-22 AUG 1896. Pupil was Umberto Borso.
  • 1953 Death of Latvian tenor Hermann Jadlowker. b-Riga, 20 JUL 1877. Debut as Gomez in Nachtlager von Granada (Kreutzer). Teacher was Joseph Gansbacher. Pupils were Heinrich Tessmer, Hans Frehlich, Josef Pollak. Created King's Son in Konigskinder (Humperdinck). Bacchus in Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss).
  • 1955 FP of Dello Joio's "The Ruby" Bloomington, IN.
  • 1956 Birth of Dutch composer Jan Willem van DORMOLEN in The Hague.
  • 1957 Birth of English organist and conductor David HILL.
  • 1961 Birth of Belgian bass Daniel OTTEVAERE in Brussels. Debut as Berger in Orfeo (Monteverdi) 1982. Teachers were Jules Bastin, Michel Senachel. Created Zagrivov in Meister und Margarita (Holler).
  • 1963 FP of Still's "Highway 1, U.S.A." Miami.
  • 1965 Birth of English violinist Tasmin LITTLE.
  • 1987 Death of Norwegian soprano Signe Amundsen. b-9 JUL 1899. Pupil was Eva Gustavson.
  • 1987 Death of bass Forbes Robinson. b-Macclesfield, 21 MAY 1926. Debut as Monterone in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1954. Teachers were Hamilton Harris, Harry Shaw. Created Horaste in Troilus & Cressida (Walton). Priam in King Priam (Tippett). Black Jack in Beach of Falesa (Hoddinott).
  • 1987 FP of John Harbison's Symphony No. 2. San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt conducting.
  • 1992 Death of tenor Gustavo Gallo. b-1904. Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 1933. Sang in FP of I Capricci di Callot (Malipiero). Miseria e Nobilita (Napoli).
  • 1993 FP of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Bassoon Concerto. Nancy Groeres with Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel.
  • 1995 Broadcast of Any Beach's opera Cabildo. PBS-TV's "Great Performances" conducted by Ransom Wilson. The FP 27 FEB 1945, two months after Beach's death by the Opera Workshop at the University of Georgia in Athens by Hugh Hodgson, director.
  • 1997 Death of American composer Bernard Brindel in San Francisco, CA. b-Chicago, 23 APR 1912.
  • 2001 FP of John Harbison's North and South. Chicago Chamber Musicians.
  • 2011 Death of cellist Bernard Greenhouse. Founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio. 
  • Born January 3, 1916 in Newark, New Jersey.

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