1783 Death of Italian soprano Lucrezia Agujari (La Bastardina). b-Ferrara 1743. Debut 1764. Teachers were Abbe P Lambertini, Brizio Petrucci. Sang in the FP of Nozze di Peleo e Tetide (Paisiello). Feste d'Apollo (Gluck). Lucida e Mopsa (Colla). Eroe Cinese (Colla). Vologeso (Colla). Andromeda (Colla). Didone (Colla). Tolomeo (Colla).
1823 FP in USAmerica of Haydn's Creation Charles Hupfield conducting Moravian Choir in Bethlehem, PA.
1830 Birth of Hungarian composer Karl GOLDMARK Keszthely, Austro-Hungarian Empire. d-Vienna, 2 JAN 1915. Opera, "Die Königin von Saba" (Vienna, 1875); "Merlin" (Vienna, 1886); "Das Heimchen am Herd" (based on Dicken's The Cricket on the Hearth, Vienna, 1896); "Die Kriegsgefangene" (Vienna, 1899); "Götz von Berlichingen" (based on Goethe's play , Budapest, 1902); "Ein Wintermärchen" (based on Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, Vienna, 1908). Search for Karl GOLDMARK
1836 Birth of composer Isidor Vorobchievici
1840 FP of Auber's "Zanetta, ou Jouer avec le feu" Paris.
1892 Birth of Italian bass Ezio PINZA in Rome. d-Stamford, CT, 9 MAY 1957. Pinza was his parent's seventh child, the first to survive infancy. The story goes that when it appeared that this baby would live, his superstitious father took the advice of a friend, "Name your boy Ezio and he'll be a singer. He'll be rich and famous, sing in Milan and Rome, and travel the world like a royal prince!" Pinza worked as a carpenter, and was a professional bicycle rider, his education was equivalent to about a sixth grade education, and he couldn't read a note of music. Pinza studied at the Bologna Conservatory, making his début as [Oroveso] Norma at Soncino, near Cremona (1914). After military service (1915-19), he began to sing in the principal Italian houses, notably at La Scala, under Toscanini (1922-1924). He was [Don Giovanni], he was [Figaro], he was [Emile de Becque] - off the stage as well as on. During the 1930s he appeared in five Covent Garden seasons, and by 1935, he had become an international star. He sang at the Salzburg Festival. After leaving the Metropolitan at the age of 56, he began a second career in musical comedy, operetta and musical films, scoring an enormous success on Broadway in South Pacific (1949). Pinza's beautiful and cultivated basso cantante, his handsome presence, engaging personality and spirited acting made him the most richly gifted and accomplished Italian bass of his day. MET Opera Début 1 NOV 1926 [Pontiff] La Vestale, 22 seasons (1926-48) 878 perf., 52 roles, 48 works. Teachers were Ruzza, Alessandro Vezzani. Pupil was Vivica Genoux. Created Tigellino in Nerone (Boito). Barak in Debora e Jaele (Pizzetti). Search for Ezio PINZA
1896 Death of German bass Gustav Siehr. b-Arnsberg, 17 SEP 1837. Debut as Oroveso in Norma (Bellini) 1863. Teachers were Heinrich Dorn, Krause. Created Hagen in Gotterdammerung (Wagner). Gernot in Feen (Wagner).
1899 Birth of German soprano Margaretha ABLER in Wiesbaden. d-27 FEB 1940.
1901 Birth of French composer Henri SAUGUET in Bordeaux. d-Paris, 12 JUN 1989. aka Jean Pierre Poupard. Opera, "Le Plumet du colonel" (Paris, 1924); "La contrebasse" (Paris, 1932); "La chartreuse di Parme" (Paris, 1939 [rev] 1968); "La gageure imprévue" (Paris, 1944); "Les caprices de Marianne" (Aix-en- Provence, 1954); "Le pain des autres" (1967-74); "Boule de suif" (Lyons, 1978); "Tistou les poices verts" (Paris, 1980). Search for Henri SAUGUET
1901 Birth of American composer Harry Robert WILSON. d-1968.
1905 Birth of Austrian composer Erich ZEISL in Vienna. d-Los Angeles, CA 18 FEB 1959.
1909 Death of Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albeniz in Cambo-les-Bains just before his 49th birthday. b-29 MAY 1860.
1910 Death of French composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot-Garcia at age 88, in Paris. b-Paris, 18 JUL 1821. Debut as Desdemona in Otello (Rossini) 1839. Teachers were Manuel del Popolo Vicente Garcia (her father). Joaquina Garcia (her stepmother). Pupils were Ada Adini, Desiree Artot di Padilla, Lola Beeth, Bianca Bianchi, Marianne Brandt, Anne Louise Cary, Marie Dietrich, Alberto Garcia, Marie Hanfstangel, Jeanne Gerville-Reache,Lillian Henschel, Marguerite Herleroy, Natalie Iretskaya, Marie Litta, Martha Lefler-Burckhard, Felia Litvinne George Meader, Eleonora Petrelli, Maria Philippi, Mafalda Salvatini, Erik Schmedes, Margherita Seims, Kate Santley, Anna Schoen-Rene, Aglaia Von Orgeni, Elizaveta Andre Lavrovskaya, Antoinette Sterling, Johanna Wagner, Esther Palliser. Created Fides in Prophete (Meyerbeer). Sapho in Sapho (Gounod).
1911 Death of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler in Vienna of pneumonia at age 50. b-Kalischt, Czech Republic, 7 JUL 1860.