1822 Birth of Spanish composer and teacher Rafael HERNANDO in Madrid. d-Madrid, 10 JUL 1888. Opera, "El
ensayo de una ópera" (Madrid, 1848, w/com. Oudrid); "Romilda" (not
performed); Zarzuelas Performed in Madrid: "El duende"
(1849); "Palo de ciego" (Madrid, 1849); "Colegialas y soldadow"
(1849); "Bertoldo y Comparsa" (1850, w/ ); "Cosas de Juan"
(1854); "El tambor" (1860); Collaborated with others on "Escenas de
Chamberi" (1850, w/com. Barbieri, Oudrid, Gaztambide); "Segunda
parte de El duende" (1851); "Don Simplicio Bobadilla" (1853, w/com.
Barbieri, Oudrid, Gaztambide); "Cosas de Juan" (1854); "El tambor"
1839 FP of Flotow's "Le Naufrage de la Méduse" Paris.
1847 FP of Adam's "La Bouquetière" Paris.
1859 Birth of German singing teacher August IFFERT in Braunschweig. d-13 AUG 1930. Pupils were George Armin, Hans Breuer, Katherine Fleischer-Endel, Michael Gitowsky, Frieda Langendorff, Erik Schmedes, Eva von der Osten, Otto Watrin.
1861 FP of Offenbach's "M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le ..." Paris.
1866 Birth of Russian composer Vladimir REBIKOV in Siberia. d-Yalta, 4 AUG 1920.
1874 Birth of baritone Franz EGENIEFF in Niederwalluf. d-11 JUN 1949. Teachers were Alfredo Cairati, Lilli Lehmann, Victor Maurel.
1875 Birth of Italian composer Italo MONTEMEZZI in Verona. d-Vigasio, 15 MAY 1952. Opera, "Bianca" (never produced); "Giovanni
Gallurese" (Turin, 1905); "Hellera" (Turin, 1909); "L'amore dei
tre re" (Milan, 1913); "La nave" (Milan, 1918); "La notte di
Zoraima" (Milan, 1931); "L'incantesimo" (1943, NBC broadcast; 1952
1883 (1879?) Birth of New Zealand-American soprano Frances ALDA in Christchurch, New Zealand. aka Frances Jeanne Davis. d-Venice, 18 SEP 1952. PHOTO. Early success as a light operetta singer in Melbourne. At age twenty-
two she went to Europe and European opera. Teacher was Marchesi;
début Paris O-CO [Manon] Manon (1905). She sang in Brussels,
London, Warsaw, Milan for three seasons (1906-1908), and Buenos
Aires. In 1912, she left the Met and opera for further study, re-
emerged in a concert at Carnegie Hall (1914). Alda married Giulio
Gatti-Casazza (1910, divorced 1929), the same year she retired,
although, she remained active in concert and radio. Alda was a
popular gramophone singer of her day. After retirement she a volume
of memoirs Men, Women and Tenors. MET Opera Début 7 DEC 1908 [Gilda]
Rigoletto: 22 seasons (1908-1930) 369-perf., 26 roles, 25 works. Debut as Manon in Manon (Massenet). Teacher was Mathilde Marchesi. Pupil was Gertrude Ribla. Created Cleopatra in Cleopatra's Night (Hadley). Roxane in Cyrano (Damrosch). Madeleine Fleury in Madelaine (Herbert). Sang in FP of Canterbury Pilgrims (De Koven).
1892 Birth of French conductor Louis Félix André FOURESTIER in Montpellier. d-Bologna, 30 SEP 1976. Prominent figure with
the Opéra-Comique and Paris Opéra. MET Opera Début 11 NOV 1946, 2
seasons (1946-48) 33 perf., 5 works.
1896 Birth of Italian soprano Ines ALFANI-TELLINI in Florence. d-Milan, 1 JUN 1985. Debut as Nedda in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo).
1902 Birth of English composer of popular music and pianist Billy MAYERL.
1902 Birth of composer Ralph Walter Wood
1905 Death of German composer Franz Strauss. b-Parkstein, suburban Bayreuth, 26 FEB 1822. No not of the waltz family, the other one, his son was Richard Strauss with his second wife of the Georg Pschorr family.
1905 Death of Italian mezzo-soprano Marietta Biancolini. b-Fermo, della Provincia di Ascoli Piceno, 20 SEP 1846. Debut as Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini) 1864. Created Laura in Gioconda (Ponchielli).
1908 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Edith COATES in Lincolnshire. d-Worthing, 7 JAN 1983. Debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1924. Teachers were Dino Borgioli, Clive Carey, Dawson Freer. Created Auntie in Peter Grimes (Britten). Housewife in Gloriana (Britten). Mrs. Bardeau in Olympians (Bliss). Priestess in Midsummer Marriage (Tippett). Mrs. Johnson in Moon & Sixpence (Gardner). Maggy in Logan Rock (Gundry). Sang in FP of Manana (Benjamin).
1922 Birth of American soprano Florence QUARTARARO in San Francisco. d-JUN 1994.
MET Opera Début 18 JAN 1946 [Micaela] Carmen, 4 seasons (1945-49) 24
perf., 8 roles. Debut as Micaela in Carmen (Bizet) 1946. Teachers were Pietro Cimini, Elizabeth Wells.
1922 Death of English baritone Rutland Boughton. b-Penge, 15 JUN 1853. Created Doctor Daly in Sorcerer (Sullivan). Corcoran in HMS Pinafore (Sullivan). Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan). Archibald in Patience (Sullivan). Earl of Mountararat in Iolanthe (Sullivan). Hildebrand in Princess Ida (Sullivan). Pooh-Bah in Mikado (Sullivan). Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore (Sullivan). Giuseppe Palmieri in Gondoliers (Sullivan). King Paramount in Utopia Limited (Sullivan). Ludwig in Grand Duke (Sullivan).
1923 Birth of composer Wolfgang Lesser
1924 Birth of French guitarist Ida PRESTI. d- 1967. Performed with guitarist Alexander Lagoya.
1927 Death of Italian baritone Giuseppe Campanari, in Milan. Was well known for
his role in Barber of Seville. b-Venice, 17 NOV 1855. Debut as Tonio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1893. Pupils were Gerek Evans, Chase Baromeo.
1928 Birth of Swiss soprano Eva-Maria ROGNER in Zurich. Created Hilda Mack in Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze).
1928 Birth of pianist Jacob Lateiner in Havana Cuba. Also professor at Juiliard.
1929 - Birth of composer Aladar Zoltan, composer
1931 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Shirley VERRETT in New Orleans, LA. MET Opera Début 21 SEP 1968 [Carmen] Carmen, 15 seasons (1968-71, 73-79,
80-82, 83-84, 85-86, 87-88, 89-90) 126 perf. 16 roles, 14 works. Debut as Lucretia in Rape of Lucretia (Britten). Teachers were Marion Szekely-Freschl, Anna Fitziu, Hall Johnson, Lotte Lehmann, John Charles Thomas, Dick Marzollo. d-5 NOV 2010 in Ann Arbor, MI. Search for Shirley VERRETT
1936 Birth of Algerian baritone Yves BISSON in Mostaganem, Algeria.
1938 Death of Spanish tenor Miguel FLETA. b-Albalata, Spain 28 DEC 1893. Debut Paolo in Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai) 14 Nov 1919. Teachers were Manuel Azo, Luisa Pierrick. Created Calaf in Turandot (Puccini). Sang in FP of Giuletta e Romeo (Zandonai)