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  • 1578 Birth of composer Valentin Dretzel
  • 1723 Debut of J. S. Bach as cantor at Leipzig's Thomasschule with his first cantata performance in Leipzig. The Cantata No. 75, Die Elenden sollen essen, presented at St. Nicolai Church. The next day was his official induction as Cantor.
  • 1751 FP of Conforto's "La festa cinese" Aranjuez.
  • 1752 FP of Conforto's "Siroe" Madrid.
  • 1756 FP of Conforto's "La ninfa smarrita" Aranjuez.
  • 1758 FP of Conforto's "La forza del genio o sia Il pastor guerriero" Aranjuez.
  • 1776 FP of Jommelli's "Ifigenia in Tauride" Naples. A revision by da Silva, Salvaterra, (1776).
  • 1790 FP of Paisello's "Zenobia in Palmira" Naples.
  • 1792 Birth of French soprano Marie Sophie PONCHARD in Paris. d-19 SEP 1873. Debut as Iphigenie in Iphigenie en Aulide (Gluck) 1814. Teacher was Pierre-Jean Garat. Created Marguerite in Pre aux Clercs (Herold). Jeannie Deans in Prison D'Edimbourg (Carafa). Sang in FP of Emma (Auber). Timide (Auber). Cheval de Bronze (Auber).
  • 1794 (23rd?) Birth of Czech composer, pianist and conductor Ignaz MOSCHELES in Prague. d-1870.
  • 1795 FP of Dittersdorf's "Gott Mars und der Haupmann von Bärenzahn" singspiel, Oels.
  • 1797 Birth of composer Johann Christian Lobe
  • 1803 FP of Andreozzi's "Piramo e Tisbe" Naples.
  • 1805 FP of Isouard "Le tour ou les rivaux inutiles par convention" Paris.
  • 1808 Birth of composer Joaquim Casimiro Jr, composer
  • 1811 FP of Dalayrac's "Le Poète et le musicien" Paris.
  • 1826 FP of Auber's "Le timide, ou Le nouveau séducteur" Paris.
  • 1828 FP of Bellini's "Bianca e Gernando" Naples. A revision "Bianca e Fernando" Genoa (1828).
  • 1831 FP of Donizetti's "Francesca di Foix" Opera semiseria, Naples.
  • 1835 Birth of American composer Thomas Martin TOWNE in Coleraine, VT. d-1912.
  • 1844 Birth of composer Louis Varney
  • 1846 FP of Albert Lortzing's opera Der Waffenschmied 'The Armorer', at the Theater an der Wien, in Vienna.
  • 1853 Birth of composer Karl Fritjof Valentin
  • 1862 Birth of English tenor Charles Courtice POUNDS in London. d-Surbiton, 21 DEC 1927. Debut 1881. Created Fairfax in Yeoman of Guard (Sullivan). Marco Palmieri in Gondoliers (Sullivan). Harry Benn in Boatswain's Mate (Smyth). Indru in Nautch Girl (Solomon).
  • 1865 FP of Faccio's "Amleto" Genoa.
  • 1866 FP of Smetana's The Bartered Bride at the National Opera in Prague. CD-The Bartered Bride
  • 1871 Birth of Canadian tenor Harry MACDONOUGH aka John Scantlebury Macdonald, in Hamilton, Ontario. d-NYC, 26 SEP 1931.
  • 1883 Birth of Italian opera composer and conductor Riccardo ZANDONAI, in Sacco, Trentino. d-Pesaro, 5 JUN 1944. Opera, "La coppa del re" not perf. (c.1906) "L'uccelino" (children's opera, 1907); "Il grillo del focolare" (after dickens's The cricket on the Hearth, Turin, 1908); "Conchita" (Milan, 1911); "Melenis" (Milan, 1912); "Francesca da Rimini" (Turin, 1914); "La via della finestra" (Pesaro, 1919); "Giulietta e Romeo" (Rome, 1922); "Il Cavalieri di Ekebù" (Milan, 1925); "Giuliano" (Naples, 1928); "Una patita" (Milan, 1933); "La farsa amorosa" (Rome, 1933); "Il bacio" (unfinished, 1940).
  • 1883 Birth of English baritone, composer and opera producer Francis Clive Savill CAREY in Sible Hedingham, Essex. d-30 APR 1968. Teacher was Jean De Reszke. Pupils were Edward Byles, Edith Coates, Arnold Matters, Elsie Morrison, Alberto Remedios, Eric Shilling, Joan Sutherland, David Ward, Ruth Naylor, Rita Hunter, Elizabeth Van Rompaey, John Noble, Kenneth John Bowen, Margaret Nisbet, Sybil Scanes, Elsie Morison.
  • 1883 Birth of Estonian-American composer and violinist Maurice Henry GOLDBLATT in Reval. d-2 MAR 1962.
  • 1887 Birth of composer Gino Tagliapietra
  • 1893 Birth of Polish-American soprano Rosa RAISA (née Rosa Burchstein) in Bialystok. d-28 SEP 1963.
  • 1893 FP of Frontini's "Malia" Bologna.
  • 1895 Birth of Hungarian violinist Yelly d'ARANYI in Budapest, grandneice of violinist Joachim. Ravel and Bartok wrote works for her.
  • 1899 FP of music by Frederick Delius at a concert at St. James Hall, London. 1901 FP of Standford´s "Much Ado about Nothing" London with Marie Brema (m/s) (1856-1925) Eng. [Beatrice], Susanne Adams (s) (1872-1953) U.S. [Hero], Putnam Griswold (bs) (1875-1914) U.S. [Renato].
  • 1908 Birth of American pianist Beveridge WEBSTER in Pittsburgh. d-1999.
  • 1909 Birth of American classical and jazz clarinetist and band leader Benjamin David Goodman aka Benny GOODMAN in Chicago. d-NYC, 13 JUN 1986. World reknown jazz band leader and clarinetist but there was a classical-music side to Goodman. Classically trained and firmly grounded in musicianship and technique, he loved to play chamber music, particularly that of Johannes Brahms, with his daughter.
  • 1910 FP of Pierné's "On ne badine pas avec l'amour" Paris.
  • 1912 Birth of Estonian composer and pianist Lydia AUSTER in Petropavlovsk, Kazakstan. d-Tallin, 3 APR 1993.
  • 1913 Birth of composer Cedric Thorpe Davie
  • 1920 Birth of American bass-baritone George LONDON aka Burnstein or Burnson in Montreal. d-Armonk, NY., 24 MAR 1985. MET Opera Début, 13 NOV 1951. [Amonasro] Aida, 15 seasons (1951- 66) 262 perf. 23 roles, 20 works. Debut as Dr Grenvil in Traviata (Verdi) 1941. Teachers were Richard Lert, Paola Novikova, Enrico Rosati, Nathan Stewart, Hugo Strelitzer, Albert Lindquest. Pupils were Jeannine Altmeyer, Dana Talley.
  • 1923 Death of French composer Camille Chevillard in Chatou, aged 63. b-Paris, 14 OCT 1859.
  • 1923 FP of Howard Hanson's Nordic Sym No 1, Hanson conducts, in Rome. CD-Music of Howard Hanson, Vol.2
  • 1924 FP of Petrauskas' "Egle, Queen of the Snakes" South Boston. The composer (Mikas Petrauskas) sang the part of the King of Snakes.
  • 1925 Birth of composer Claude Prey
  • 1926 Birth of Belgian conductor Edouard Van REMOORTEL. d-1977. Director of the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra.
  • 1927 FP of Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex in ballet form. Composer conducts Ballet Russe, at the Sarah Bernhardt Theater in Paris. CD-Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex / Michel Piccoli · Jessye Norman · Thomas Moser · Siegmund Nimsgern · Sir Colin Davis
  • 1928 Birth of Dutch organist, harpsichordist, conductor and teacher Gustav LEONHARDT in Graveland. d-16 Jan 2012
  • 1928 Birth of Opera director Vincent KELLY in Chicago. d-16 SEP 1974. Founded the Dallas Civic Opera in 1957.
  • 1932 Birth of American composer Pauline OLIVEROS, in Houston, TX.
  • 1932 Birth of composer Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi
  • 1936 Birth of bass-baritone Mark VENTO in Ollioules. Debut Nilakhanta in Lakme (Delibes) 1959. Teachers were Jean Giraudeau, Louis Noguera, Mme Shauny-Lasson. Created Monsieur Henri in Eurydice (Damase). Claudius in Hamlet (Bentiou).
  • 1938 FP of Walter Piston's ballet The Incredible Flutist in Boston, MA. CD-An American Tapestry
  • 1940 Birth of soprano and opera director Olivia STAPP. MET Opera Début, 7 DEC 1982 [Lady Macbeth] Macbeth, 4 seasons (1982-83, 84-85, 87-88, 89-90) 12 perf., 4 works. Debut in Carmen 1972. Sang FP Eroberung von Mexico (Rihm).
  • 1941 Birth of Italian soprano Rita TALARICO in Rome. d-12 MAR 1995. Debut in Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa) 1965.
  • 1941 Death of Sweish baritone and teacher John Forsell. b-Stockholm 6 NOV 1968. Debut as Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1896. Teachers were Julius Gunther, Signe Hebbe, Anders Willman. Pupils were Joel Berglund, Einer Beyron, Jussi Bjorling, Sigurd Bjorling, Leon Bjorker, Carl-Axel Hallgren, Folke Jonsson, Gosta Kjellertz, Einar Larsson, Gurli Lemon-Bornhard, Magna Lykseth-Scherfven, Margit Mandahl, Arne Ohlson, Martin Oscar, Oscar Ralf, Torsten Ralf, Aksel Schiotz, Set Svanholm.
  • 1952 Birth of Hungarian pianist Zoltan KOCSIS in Budapest.
  • 1952 Death of French soprano Aline Vallandri. b-Paris, 1878. Debut as Mireille in Mireille (Gounod) 1904. Teacher was Jacques Isnardon.
  • 1953 Birth of American composer and harpist Anne LeBARON, in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 1954 FP of Andre Jolivet´s Symphony No. 1 in Haifa.
  • 1959 Birth of Turkish composer Mehmet AKTUG in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 1962 FP of Benjamin Britten's oratorio War Requiem. Coventry Cathedral in England. CD-Britten - War Requiem / Vishnievskaya · Pears · Fischer-Dieskau · LSO · Britten
  • 1969 Death of Belgian composer Gaston Brenta in Schaarbeek, Belgium. b-Schaarbeek, Belgium 10 JUN 1902.
  • 1969 Death of tenor Carl Hartmann. b-Solingen, 2 MAY 1895. Debut as Tannhauser (Wagner) 1928. Teacher was Senff. Pupil was Sieglinde Wagner.
  • 1970 Birth of American violinist Beth Ilana SCHNEIDER.
  • 1971 Death of French composer and organist Marcel Dupré at age 85, in Meudon. b-Rouen, France 3 MAY 1886.
  • 1991 FP of Harrison Birtwistle's opera Gawain at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Elgar Howarth conducting, in London. CD-Birtwistle - Gawain / Le Roux · Tomlinson · Angel · ROH Covent Garden · Howarth
  • 2001 Death of Russian composer Nicolai S. Korndorf in Vancouver, Canada. b-Moscow, 23 JAN 1947.
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