1697 Death, by assasination, of Italian castrato Giovanni Grossi (Siface). b-Pistoia Tuscany, 12 FEB 1653. Debut 1672. Teacher was Tommaso Redi. Sang in FP of Favore degli Dei (Sabadini). Nerone (Pallavicino). Re Infante (Pallavicino).
1730 Birth of composer William Jackson
1731 Birth of composer Orazio Mei
1741 Birth of composer Johann Gottfried Krebs
1753 FP of Haydn's Singspiel, Der Krumme Teufel in Vienna.
1836 Death of soprano Pauline Anna Milder-Hauptmann. b-Istanbul, 13 DEC 1785. Debut as Juno in Spiegel von Arkadien (Sussmayer) 9 APR 1803. Teachers were Joseph Haydn, Antonio Salieri, Tomaschelli. Created Leonora in Fidelio (Beethoven). Faniska in Faniska (Cherubini). Namouna in Nurmahal (Spontini). Irmengard in Agnes von Hohenstaufen (Spontini).
1853 Birth of band music composer Francesco FANCIULLI. d-1915. Photo
1860 Birth of Spanish composer Isaac ALBENIZ in Camprodón, Spain. d-Cambô-les-Bains, France 18 MAY 1909. Opera, "Cuanto más viejo" (Lost); "Catalanes de gracia" (Lost); "El
canto de salvación" (Lost); "The Magic Opal" (London, 1893); "Poor
Jonathan" (London, w/com. Millöcker, 1893); "San Antonio de la
Florida" (Madrid, 1894), "Enrico Clifford" (Barcelona,
(1895), "Pepita Jiménez" (Barcelona, 1896) "Merlin" 1st part of an
uncompleted operatic trilogy on the legend of King Arthur. Search Isaac ALBENIZ
1874 Death of American baritone Emilio de GOGORZA in Brooklyn. d-NYC, 10 MAY 1949. His parents were Spanish, and they took him to Spain as a child where he was educated. Teachers were E.Agramonte, C.Moderati. Pupils were John Brownlee, Doda Conrad, Kenneth Neate, Conrad Thibault, Agnes Davis, Fiorenzo Tasso, Max de Schauensee.
1876 Birth of Dutch composer Jan INGENHOVEN in Breda. d-subsurban Apeldoorn, 20 MAY 1951.
1876 Birth of German baritone Herman WEIL. d-6 JUL 1949 of a heart attack, while fishing in Blue Mountain Lake,
NY. MET Opera Début 17 NOV 1911 [Kurwenal] Tristan und Isolde, 6 seasons (1911-
17) 193 perf., 18 roles, 16 works. Debut as Wolfram in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1901
Teachers were Adolf Deppe, Felix Mottl, Andreas Dippel.
1880 Death of Austrian theater director Maximilian Steiner. Was actor and influential
manager of Vienna's Theater an der Wien and grandfather of filmscore composer Max Steiner.
1892 Birth of American tenor Mario CHAMLEE aka Archer Cholmondeley, in Los Angeles. d-13 NOV 1966. Sang
in the University of Southern California College Glee Club. Début, Lombardi Opera Company [Edgardo] Lucia (1916); San
Francisco [Duke] Rigoletto (1917). Antonio Scotti heard him and signed him for a season with his Grand Opera Company. This led to his engagement
with the Met. He also sang extensively on the radio. Chamlee sang in London, Paris, Prague, and Vienna. Recorded for
Brunswick. M-Soprano Ruth Miller (1893-1983). MET Opera Début, 22 MAY 1920 [Cavaradossi] Tosca, 14 seasons
(1920-28, 32-34, 35-39) 219 perf. 23 roles. Teachers were Agostini, Achille Alberti, Riccardo Dellera, Gabrielle Sibella. Pupil was Mary Costa.
1897 Birth of American-German-Bohemian composer Eric Wolfgang KORNGOLD in
Brno. Went to Hollywood in 1936. d-Los Angeles, CA 29 NOV 1957. Opera, "Der Schneemann" The Snowman,
(Vienna, 1910); "Der Ring des Polykrates" and "Violanta" (Munich,
1916); "Die Tote Stadt" (Hamburg & Cologne, 1920); "Das Wunder der
Heliane" (Hamburg, 1927); "Die Kathrin" (Stockholm, 1939); "Die
stumme Serenade" (Dortmund, 1954). Search Eric Wolfgang KORNGOLD
1910 Death of Russian composer Mily Balakirev at age 73 in St. Petersburg. b-Nizhni Novgorod, Russia 2 JAN 1837.
1911 Death of British lyricist Sir William S. Gilbert at age 74 after giving swimming lessons to a women in his lake at Grim's Dyke. Gilbert dived in to save her and died of heart failure at Harrow Weald, England. b-17 Southampton Street, Strand, London, 18 NOV 1836.
1912 Birth of Austrian bass Jaroslav VEVERKA in Vienna.
1912 Birth of German bass Fritz OLLENDORFF in Darmstedt. d-29 MAR 1977. Debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1937. Teacher was Herbert Graf
Created Mayor in Revisor (Egk).
1912 Birth of Dutch baritone Theo BAYLE in Holland, Laren Netherlands. d-1 MAY 1971. Debut 1938. Teachers were Sergei Radamsky, Aaltje Noordewierreddingius. Created Achilles in Penelope (Liebermann). 2nd Shepherd in Irische Legend (Egk). Sang in FP of Philomela (Andriessen).
1915 Birth of American conductor Igor BUKETOFF in Hartford, CT.
1919 FP of Savine's "Xenia" Zürich with Lillian Blauvelt (s) (1873-1947)
U.S. wife of composer.
1922 Birth of Greek-French composer Iannis XENAKIS in Braila, Roumania. d-Paris, 4 FEB 2001.
1924 FP of Gretchaninov's Third Symphony, composer conducting, in Kiev.
1929 Death of Italian tenor Giuseppe Anselmi. b-Catania, 6 OCT 1876. Debut as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1896. Teacher was Luigi Mancinelli. Pupils were Jerzy Garda, Jose Reira, Robert Weede.
1932 Birth of German bass Karl RIDDERBUSCH in Recklinghausen. MET Opera Début, 21 NOV 1967 [Hunding] Die Walküre, 3 seasons (1967-69, 76-
77) 15 perf. 3 works. Debut King Philip in Don Carlos (Verdi) 1961. Teacher was Clemens Kaiser-Breme.
1972 Death of Algerian mezzo-soprano Emma VECLA. b-Algeria, 1883. Debut as Mignon in Mignon (Thomas) 1898. Created Amadis in Amadis (Massenet).
1989 Death of Croate soprano Zinka Milanov. b-Zagreb, 17 MAY 1906. Debut as Leonora in Trovatore (Verdi) Oct 1927. Teachers were Fernando Carpi, Maria Kostrencio, B. Kunc, Jacques Stuckgold, Milka Ternina, Ettore Verna. Pupils were Betty Allen, Christa Ludwig. Obituary.