MAY 24


  • 1610 Birth of composer Giovanni Battista Chinelli
  • 1677 Birth of composer Alexandre de Villenueve
  • 1736 Birth of composer Juan de Sesse y Balaguer
  • 1754 Birth of composer Giacomo Conti
  • 1767 Birth of composer Joseph Ignaz Schnabel
  • 1737 FP of Duni's "Demofoonte" London.
  • 1781 Birth of French hornist and composer Louis-Francois DAUPRAT in Paris. d-16 JUL 1868.
  • 1803 FP of L. V. Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9 Kreutzer Sonata, violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven at the piano, in Vienna. CD-Beethoven: Kreutzer, Spring Sonatas / Perlman, Ashkenazy
  • 1808 FP of Isouard's "Un jour à Paris ou la leçon singulière" Paris.
  • 1810 FP of Beethoven's Egmont Overture at the Hofburg Theater in Vienna. CD-Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 9; Overtures
  • 1813 FP of Méhul's "Le prince troubadou" Paris.
  • 1815 Birth of soprano Johanna Sophie LOEWE in Oldenburg. d-28 NOV 1866. Debut as Elisabeth in Otto Mese in Due Ore (Donizetti) 1832. Teachers were Giuseppe Ciccimarra, Francesco Lamperti. Created Elvira in Ernani (Verdi). Odabella in Attila (Verdi). Maria Padilla in Maria Padilla (Donizetti). Margherita in Adolfo di Warbel (Pacini).
  • 1820 Birth of American hymn composert Francis Jane Fanny CROSBY in Putnam County, NY. d-Bridgeport, 12 FEB 1915.
  • 1826 Death of German violinist and composer Friedrich Ernst Fesca in Karlsruhe. b-Magdeburg, 15 FEB 1789.
  • 1831 Birth of English pianist Richard HOFFMAN in Manchester, England. Was teacher and Jenny Lind's accompanist. In 1847 he began a 50-year career with the New York Philharmonic Society. d-Mt. Kisco, NY 17 ? 1909. Father of American sculptor Malvina Hoffman.
  • 1831 Death of singer, organist and publisher Benjamin Carr in Philadelphia.
  • 1833 FP of Marschner's opera Hans Heiling at the Königliches Opernhaus in Berlin. CD-Marschner: Hans Heiling
  • 1834 FP of Auber's "Lestocq, ou L'intrigue et l'amour" Paris.
  • 1841 Birth of composer Tito Mattei, pianist/composer
  • 1848 Death of German composer and poet Annette von Droste-Hulshoff in Mersburg-Bodensee. b-suburban Munster, Westphalia, 14 JAN 1797.
  • 1859 FP Charles Gounod’s Ave Maria. Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho sang in Paris. CD-Sacred Classics - Messiah, Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, Zadok the Priest, L'enfance du Christ
  • 1873 FP of Delibes' "Le roi l'a dit" Paris.
  • 1874 FP of Hallström's "Den Bergtagna" Stockholm.
  • 1876 Birth of French bass Louis AZEMA in Agde Heraut. d-14 JAN 1963. Debut in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1901. Teacher was Jacques Isnardon.
  • 1878 Birth of Belgian tenor Charles FONTAINE in Antwerp. d-8 JUN 1955. He made his début in his home town and went to Covent Garden in 1909. The favorable notices only mentioned his acting. In 1911, he appeared at the O-CO., and for the next three years divided his time between Paris and various Belgian theatres. In 1918 he sang with the Chicago Opera and appeared at the Lexington Theatre in NYC. He remained active in Paris through the 1920s, and the French provinces at Bordeaux. Teachers were Desire Demest, Lucien Muratore. Created Vitellius in Herodaide (Massenet). Sang in FP of Beatrice (Messager). Gismonda (Fevrier).
  • 1879 Birth of French soprano Suzanne CESBRON-VISEUR. d-27 AUG 1967.
  • 1881 Birth of composer Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky
  • 1886 Birth of French conductor and composer Paul PARAY in Le Tréport. d-Monte Carlo, 10 OCT 1979.
  • 1888 Soprano Nellie Melba makes her London debut in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden.
  • 1893 FP of Saint-Saëns' "Phryné" Paris (1893) with Sybil Sanderson (s) (1865- 1903).
  • 1894 Birth of German baritone Heinrich REHKEMPER in Schwerte. d-30 DEC 1949. Debut as Reich in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 19 MAR 1919. Created Mr. Heedless in Torneo Notturno (Malipiero).
  • 1896 Birth of Danish opera composer and conductor Johan HYE-KNUDSEN in Nyborg. d-Copenhagen, 28 SEP 1975. Was conductor of Copenhagen's Royal Danish Theater and also conducted the Royal Danish Orchestra.
  • 1898 FP of Smyth's "Fantasio" Weimar.
  • 1899 FP of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon in Paris, with Georgette Bréjean-Silver. CD-Jules Massenet: Ballet Suites
  • 1903 Birth of Swedish composer Hilding HALLNäS. d-1984. His music is similar to that of his better known contemporaries Hilding Rosenberg and Gösta Nystroem.
  • 1905 Birth of composer Zdenek Blazek
  • 1906 FP of Delius' Sea Drift in Essen, Germany. CD-Delius: Sea Drift
  • 1906 FP of Braunfels' "Falada" Essen.
  • 1908 Birth of composer Kresimir Fribec
  • 1910 Birth of English soprano Victoria SLADEN in London. d-13 SEP 1989. Debut as Giulietta in Contes D'Hoffmann (Offenbach) 1942. Teachers were Ernst Grenzebach, Mme Mendel. Created Donna Luisa in Duenna (Gerhard).
  • 1910 Birth of composer Margers Zarins
  • 1910 Birth of composer Nils-Eric Fougstedt
  • 1911 FP of Sir Edward Elgar's Second Symphony. Elgar conducts in London.
  • 1912 Birth of New Zealand soprano Dame Joan HAMMOND in Christchurch. d-Bowral, Australia, 26 NOV 1996 of heart failure. She was trained as a violinist in Sydney. Debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1932. Teacher was Dino Borgioli. Pupils were Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright.
  • 1914 Birth of Italian baritone Giuseppe VALDENGO in Turin. Studied in Turin, début Parma, 1936. Sang at Milan, and Glyndebourne, London, Paris, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. MET: Début Dec. 19, 1947 [Tonio] Pagliacci, 7 seasons (1947-54) 120 perf., 18 works. Teacher was Michele Accoriuto. Pupil was Alessandro Cobelli. Created Lawyer in View from Bridge (Rossellini).
  • 1918 FP of Bela Bartók's opera Bluebeard's Castle at the Budapest Opera. CD-Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle
  • 1919 Death of Russian pianist and composer Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova in Petrograd. b-St. Petersburg, 19 OCT 1848.
  • 1921 Birth of Italian tenor Giuseppe ZAMPIERI in Verona. d-11 NOV 1981. (Comprimario) MET Opera Début, 26 NOV 1961. [Cavaradosi] Tosca, 1 season (1961-62) 1 perf., 1 work. Teachers were Barona Barra, Gina Cigna.
  • 1922 Birth of composer Sadao Bekku
  • 1924 Birth of Czech soprano Milada SUBRTOVA in Lohta. Debut 1945. Teacher was Zdenek Knittl. Created Io in Torch of Prometheus (Hanus). Sang in FP of The Invincible (Kalas).
  • 1924 Birth of composer Donald AIRD. Aird Composers Competition.
  • 1926 Death of Polish tenor Nikolaus Rothmuhl. b-Warsaw, 23 MAR 1874. Teacher was Joseph Gansbacher. Pupils were Johannes Sembach, Eduard Lichtenstein,Erik Schmedes, Adolf Loeltgen, Meta Seinemeyer.
  • 1927 Birth of Polish soprano Jadwiga WYSOCZANSKA in Prague. Debut as Marie in Bartered Bride (Smetana) 1947. Teachers were Marta Krasova, J. Logacevova.
  • 1927 Birth of Italian bass Paolo WASHINGTON in Florence. MET Opera Début 30 MAR 1979 [Pasquale] Don Pasquale, 1 seasons (1978-79) 2 perf., 1 role. Debut 1951. Teachers were Bruno Bartoletti, Flaminio Contini.
  • 1930 Birth of German flutist and composer Hans-Martin LINDE in Werne, Westphalia.
  • 1932 Birth of soprano Elaine MALBIN.
  • 1936 Birth of American pianist and composer Harold BUDD, in L.A. CA.
  • 1936 Death of Italian soprano Claudia Muzio. b-Pavia, 7 FEB 1889. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 15 Jan 1910. Teachers were Elettra Callery-Viviani, Annetta Casaloni, Dino Bigalli. Created Giorgetta in Tabarro (Puccini). Cecilia in Cecilia (Refice). Gisca in Abisso (Smareglia). Sang in FP of Baronessa di Carini (Mule). Melenis (Zandonai).
  • 1937 FP of Hau's "Tartuffe" Basel.
  • 1939 FP of Elliott Carter's ballet Pocahontas at the Martin Beck Theater in NYC. Fritz Kitzinger conducting. CD-Carter: Holiday Overture/Suite From Pocahontas/Syringa
  • 1941 Birth of German composer Konrad BOEHMER in Berlin.
  • 1941 Birth of composer Brian Dennis
  • 1941 Birth of pianist and composer Tito Mattei
  • 1944 Death of bass Paul Aumonier. b-1874. Created Marduck in Pyrame et Thysbe (Tremiset).
  • 1947 Birth of American composer Michael G. HORWOOD in Buffalo, NY.
  • 1947 Birth of Luke RITTNER, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Dancing.
  • 1948 FP of Benjamin Britten's orchestration of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera in Cambridge, England.
  • 1952 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Fiona KIMM in Ipswich. Debut as 3rd Lady in Zauberflote 1978. Teachers were Peter Harrison, Merial St Clair, Lydon van der Pump. Created Wife/Doreen/Waitress/Sphinx in Greek (Turnage). Mother in East & West (McQueen). Sang in premiere of Kate Kelly's Road (Cowie).
  • 1955 Birth of American composer Philip FRIED in NYC.
  • 1957 FP of Gardner's "The Moon and Sixpence" London.
  • 1957 FP of G. Antheil's "Venus in Africa" Denver.
  • 1960 Birth of English conductor Paul McCREESH. Founded the Gabrieli Consort and Players.
  • 1962 Death of mezzo-soprano Cloe Elmo. b-Lecce, 9 APR 1910. 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).
  • 1968 Death of American composer Bernard Rogers at age 75, in Rochester, NY. b-NYC, 4 FEB 1893.
  • 1969 FP of Per Norgaard's Voyage into the Golden ScreenCD-Nørgard: Gilgamesh / Voyage into the Golden Screen
  • 1970 Birth of baritone Michael CHIOLDI.
  • 1970 FP of Andrzej Panufnik's Universal Prayer for soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass soloists, chorus, 3 harps, and organ, composed 1968-69. Leopold Stokowski conducting at St. John the Divine Cathedral in NYC.
  • 1974 Death of American composer Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington in NYC at age 73. b-Washington, DC 29 APR 1899.
  • 1975 Death of English baritone Redvers Llewellyn. b-Briton Ferry Glamorgan, 1902. Teacher was Oscar Daniel. Pupils were Delme Bryn-Jones, Gwynne Howell, Paul Hudson, Rita Hunter, Stephen Roberts, Myron Burnett. Created John in Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams). John Socman in John Socman (Lloyd G).
  • 1996 Death of American composer Jacob Druckman at age 67, in New Haven, CT. b-26 JUN 1928.
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