1574 Birth of Italian tenor Francesco RASI in Arezzo. d-9 DEC 1621. Debut as Amynter in Euridice (Peri) 1600 (Premiere). Teacher was Giulio Caccini. Created Ovid in Dafne (Da Gagliano). Apollo in Dafne (Da Gagliano). Orfeo in Orfeo (Monteverdi). Sang in FP of Rapimento di Cefalo (Caccini). Arianna (Monteverdi).
1791 Death of German singer and composer Franziska Lebrun in Berlin. b-Mannheim, 24 MAR 1756.
1799 FP of G. Ferrari's "I due Svizzeri" London.
1805 Birth of Danish organist and composer Johann Peter Emilius HARTMANN in Copenhagen. d-Copenhagen, 10 MAR 1900. Opera, "The Raven" (Copenhagen, 1832); "The Corsairs" (Copenhagen, 1835); "Little Christina" (Copenhagen, 1846).
1861 Operatic debut of Adelina PATTI at Covent Garden in London, in Bellini's La Sonnambula at the age of 18.
1863 Birth of French tenor Pierre CORNUBERT. d-27 JUN 1922. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Début Opéra Comique [Danielin] Le Châlet (1887); London, CG, with the San Carlo Opera [Canio] I pagliacci (1904). He was appointed professor at the Paris Conservatory on 16 OCT 1919. MET Opera Début 24 FEB 1900 [Vasco] L'Africaine, 1 season (1899-1900) 6 perf. , 5 roles.
1864 Birth of American composer and singer Eleanor Everest FREER in Philadelphia. Studied singing in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi and composition with Benjamin Godard. She taught piano in Philadelphia. Studied theory with Bernard Ziehn in Chicago. She composed eleven operas and more than 150 songs. d-Chicago, 13 DEC 1932. She studied singing in Paris with German mezzo-soprano Mathilde Marchese(1821-1913). When she returned to the U.S. she studied composition. Freer composed nine operas, "The Legend of the Piper" (South Bend, IN, 1924); "The Court Jester" (Lincoln, NB, 1926); "A Christmas Tale" (concert form, Houston, TX, 1929); "Frithiof" (in concert form, Chicago, 1931); "A Legend of Spain" (in concert form, Milwaukee, WI, 1931). Works list.
1874 Birth of Italian tenor Giuseppe ARMANINI in Milan. d-15 MAY 1915. Debut as Visconte in Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti) 1902. Teachers were Il Selma, Alberto Selva, Alberto Foresti.
1885 Birth of German conductor Otto KLEMPERER in Breslau. Fled Germany in 1933. d-Aurich, 6 JUL 1973. Opera, "Das Ziel"(1915). The conductor had a scandalous liaison with then recently married German soprano Elisabeth Schumann (1885-1952). It obliged him to leave the Hamburg opera (1912). Klemperer was accident prone and a manic-depressant all of his life. His son was the actor Werner Klemperer. Search Otto KLEMPERER
1925 Birth of American soprano Patrice MUNSEL in Spokane WA. MET Opera Début in Concert 14 MAR 1943. Opera, 4 DEC 1943 [Philine] Mignon, 16 seasons (1942-58) 225 perf., 16 roles, 15 works. Debut as Philine in Mignon (Thomas) 4 DEC 1943. Teachers were Renato Bellini, William Hermann, Giacomo Spadoni.
1931 Arturo Toscanini refuses to open his concert with playing of Fascist hymn and is assalted by an indignant Fascist, in Bologna, Italy.
1936 (1939?)Birth of American mezzo-soprano Joann GRILLO in Brooklyn, NY. d-NYC, 1 FEB 1999 heart attack recuperating from surgery. MET Opera Début 17 OCT 1963 [Rosette] Manon, 20 seasons (1963-78, 79-84) 288 perf., 24 roles, 23 works. Debut as Gertrude in Louise (Charpentier) 1962.
1937 Birth of composer Peter Frederic Williams
1938 Operatic debut of tenor Jan Peerce in Rigoletto, Philadelphia.
1940 Birth of Austrian bass-baritone Peter WIMBERGER in Vienna. MET Opera Début 30 APR 1984 [Woton] Die Walküre, 1 season (1983-84) 3 perf., 1 work. Debut as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) 1963. Teachers were Paul Schoffler, Adolf Vogel.
1974 Final London performance by Leopold Stokowski at age 92 conducting premiere of Otto Klemperer's Merry Waltz by New Philharmonia Orchestra.
1978 Death of Ukranian bass Alexander Kipnis. b-Zhitomir, 1 FEB 1891. Debut 1915. Teacher was Ernst Grenzebach. Pupils were Yi-Kwei Sze, Noel Mangin. Father of Igor Kipnis, harpsichordist, and founding member of the MUSIClassical forum.
1985 Debut of mezzo-soprano Yun Deng at the MET Opera, [Olga] Eugene Onegin, 9 seasons (1984-87, 88-90, 92-96) 68 perf., 10 roles, 8 works.
1986 FP of Einojuhani Rautavaara's Symphony No. 5. Finnish Radio Symphony, Paavo Berglund conducting in Helsinki.
2005 FP of English-Canadian composer Robert Farnon's Third Symphony, which he dedicated to the city of Edinburgh, at the Usher Hall, with the ad hoc National Symphony Orchestra of Scotland, conducted by Iain Sutherland. Robert Farnon, composer, arranger and bandleader was born 24 JUL 1917 and died 23 APR 2005.