1690 Death of Italian organist and conductor Giovanni Legrenzi in Venice. b-Clusone, 12 AUG 1626.
1696 Death of German composer Heinrich Schwemmer in Nuremberg.
1731 (JC, GC 6 JUN) Renaming of London's 'Academy for Vocal Music' as The Academy of Ancient Music. Johann Christoph Pepusch was artistic director.
1773 Birth of Swiss composer and publisher Johann Hans NAGELI in Wetziken. d-Wetziken, 26 DEC 1836.
1776 Birth of bass Joseph Adrien MARTIN in Liege. d-18 NOV 1822. Sang in FP of Pretendus (Lemoyne). Nephte (Lemoyne). Pommiers et la Moulin (Lemoyne). Demophon (Vogel. Oedipe a Thebe (Froid de Mereux). Astyanax (Kreutzer).
1778 FP of Gossec's "La Fête de village" Paris.
1782 Birth of Austrian composer Joseph DRECHSLER in Wällisch-
Birken. d-Vienna, 27 FEB 1852. Operas, (6) "Die
Feldmühle" (singspiel, 1812); "Pauline" (opera, Vienna, 1821);
1803 FP of Paer's "Sargino, ossia L'Allievo dell'amour" Dresden.
1825 Birth of composer Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza
1846 Birth of composer Arthur Coquard
1853 Birth of composer Monroe A Althouse
1856 Birth of composer George Templeton Strong
1868 Death of Czech soprano Caroline Grunbaum. b-Prague, 18 MAR 1814. Debut Emmeline in Schweizerfamilie (Weigl) 1828. Teacher was Therese Grunbaum (mother). Created Anna in Hans Heiling (Marschner).
1872 Birth of Russian tenor Leonid SOBINOV in Yaroslavl. d-14 OCT 1934. Teachers were A. M. Dodonov, Alexandrovna Santagano-Gorchakova.
1877 Birth of dancer Isadora Duncan
1885 Birth of Italian composer Leonardo PACINI in Pistoia. d-13 APR 1937. Opera, "Alla Muda" (1924); "Mirta" and operetta: "Il Pirata" (1927).
1889 Birth of Swedish tenor Aroldo LINDI aka Gustav Harald Lindau in Tuna, now Vimmerby, Sweden. d-San Francisco, 8 MAR 1944. Obituary. Came to Boston to study c. 1900. Was an auto painter and piano mover. His first appearances
were in musical comedy, then he sang in a production of Aida. Sang at Hamburg, Rimini, Lisbon, Genoa, La Scala, Covent Garden, and
the San Carlo Opera Co, Buffalo, Toronto, Milwaukee,
Spokane, Los Angelis, San Francisco. While singing in I
pagliacci, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died in full view of
the audience, the orchestra continues to the end of the act, the
audience and orchestra unaware that Lindi is dead of a heart
attack. Recorded Aida on 78's, which included 18 discs, his only complete opera recording.
1893 Birth of English composer and conductor Sir Eugene GOOSENS III, in
London. Father and Grandfather also conductors and composers share same name. d-Hillingdon, 13 JUN 1962. From English musical family of Belgian descent. Both his father and grandfather were conductors and one of his brothers was a world renowned oboist. As a composer on par with Sir William Walton but was better known as a conductor. He conducted for the British National Opera Company and the Ballets Russe then posts at Covent garden, Rochester, NY, Phil. (1923-34); Cincinnati Sym. (1931-47), and others. Opera, "Judith" (London, 1929); "Don Juan de Mañara" (London, CG, 1937).
1898 Birth of American composer, pianist and conductor Ernst BACON in
Chicago. d-Orinda, CA 16
1917 Birth of Swiss-Austrian soprano Inge (Simon) BORKH in Mannheim. MET Opera Début, 24 JAN 1958 [Salome] Salome, 3 seasons
(1957-58, 60-61, 70-71) 22 perf. 5 roles. Debut as Czipra in Zigeunerbaron (Strauss) 1940. Teachers were Muratti, Simon, Alexander Welitsch. Pupil was Manfred Capell. Created Queen in Ashmedia (Tal). Cathleen in Irische Legend (Egk). Zulieda in Alcestiad (Talma).
1923 FP of Edward Joseph Collins´ Tragic Overture (1914) and Maardi Gras performed was part of the finalists' concert of the North Shore Festival competition for new works for orchestra at Northwestern University. Chicago Symphony was conducted by Frederick Stock Collins. The overture won the $1000 first prize.
1924 Death of Irish-American composer and cellist Victor Herbert in NYC. b-Dublin, 1 FEB 1859.
1926 Birth of American tenor and conductor Herbert HANDT in Philadelphia. PA. Debut as. Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci (Puccini). Teachers were Julius Patzak, Hans Swarowsky. Created Zuckertanz in Maria Golovin (Menotti). Sang in FP of Persefone (Lupi). Venere Prigionera (Malipiero).
1937 Birth of Finnish baritone Kari NURMELA in Viipuri. d-Warsaw, 21 JAN 1984. Debut as Di Luna in Trovatore (Verdi) 1961.
1937 Birth of soprano Elaine MANCHET in Mali. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1966. Teacher was Marcelle Bunlet.
1938 Birth of Canadian soprano Teresa STRATAS in Toronto. MET Opera Début, 28 OCT 1959 [Poussette] Manon, 25 seasons (1959-
74, 77-82, 89-90, 91-92, 93-96) 381 perf., 41 roles, 36 works. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1958. Teachers were Barbini, Hermann Geiger-Torel, Irene Jessner. Created Marie Antoinette in Ghost of Versailles (Corigliano). Nausicaa in Nausicaa (Glanville-Hicks). Isabella in Atlantida (De Falla).
1976 Death of English soprano Maggie Teyte. b-Wolverhampton, 17 APR 1888. Debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1907. Teacher was Jean De Reszke. Pupils were Michelle Bonhomme, Nancy Evans, Adele Leigh, Dorothy Dorow. Created Princess in Perfect Fool (Holst). Glycere in Circe (Hillemacher).
1978 Death of Russian soprano Elena Stepanova. b-Moscow, 17 MAY 1891. Debut as Antonida in Ivan Susannin (Glinka) 1912. Teacher was Polli.
Created Princess Swan in Legend of Czar Sultan (Rimsky-Korsakov).
1982 Death of Swedish soprano Nanny Larsen-Todsen. b-2 Aug 1884 Hageby, 2 AUG 1884. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1906. Teacher was Oskar Lejdstrom. Pupils were Sir Ericsdotter, Barbro Ericson, Anders Naslund.
1987 Death of bass Robert Easton. b-Sunderland, 8 JUN 1898. Debut as Fafner in Siegfried (Wagner) 1935. Teachers were Bozelli, Dinh Gilly, Norman Notly, Harry Plunkett-Greene.
1990 FP of Philip Glass' chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox poems by Allen Ginsberg. Philip Glass ensemble conducted by Martin Goldray. A staged version presented at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. A concert version was premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia on 29 APR 1990.