1786 Death of English soprano Sophie Baddeley. b-London, 1745 London. Created Matron in Ephasian Matron (Dibdin).
1856 Birth of American soprano Marie LITTA, promoted as The Queen of Song, in Bloomington, IL. d-7 JUL 1883.
1867 FP in USAmerica of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s Blue Danube Waltz at a summer concert of the Theodore Thomas Orchestra in NYC. The FP was five months earlier in Vienna.
1873 Birth of English soprano Ada Jane JONES in Oldham, July 1, 1873. d-Rocky Mont, 2 MAY 1922. Recorded early acoustic discs.
1876 Birth of French soprano Antoniette Laute-Brun in Nimes. Debut as Helmwige in Walkure (Wagner) Oct 1904. Teachers were Edmond Duvernoy, Mangin, Leon Melchissedec. Created Keleyi in Bacchus (Massenet).
1881 Birth of Polish conductor, pianist and violinist Josef A. PASTERNACK in Czenstochowa. d-Chicago, 29 APR 1940. In America from 1900. Studied in Warsaw, played the viola in the Metropolitan Opera Orch. (1900-10); assistant cond. (1909-1910); then conductor of various opera companies in New York and Chicago.
1881 Birth of Italian bass Vincenzo Bettoni in Melegnano. d-4 NOV 1954. Debut as Silva in Ernani (Verdi) 1902. Created Nissen in Dibuk (Rocca). Sang in the FP of Melenis (Zandonai). Thein Hoa (Bianchini).
1891 Birth of German tenor Peter Anders in Essen. d-Hamburg, 10 SEP 1954 from injuries in an auto crash.Debut in Belle Helene (Offenbach) 1932. Teachers were Ernst Grenzebach, Lula Mysz-Gmeiner. Created Piedmontese in Friedenstag (Strauss).
1891 Birth of Italian baritone Benvenuto Franci in Pienza. d-Rome, 27 FEB 1895. Debut as Gianetto in Lodoletta (Mascagni) 1918. Teachers were Antonio Cotogni, Enrico Rosati. Created Neri in Cene Delle Beffe (Giordano). Carpenter in Piccolo Marat (Mascagni). Sang in FP of Cavalieri di Ekuba (Zandonai). Bella e il Monstro (Ferrari-Fontana).
1892 Birth of American soprano Ruth MILLER in Portland, OR. d-Van Nuys, 26 JUN 1983. MET Opera Début, 16 NOV 1917. [Musetta] La Bohème, 1 season (1917-18), 10 perf. 2 works.
1906 Death of longlived baritone and inventor Manuel Patricio Garcia. b-Madrid, 17 MAR 1805. Was singing teacher who developed laryngoscope. Debut as Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1825. Teacher was Manuel del Populo Vicente Garcia (his father). Pupils were Malvina Garrigues. Hermann Klein, Busine, Joseph Theodoe Barbot, Charles Battaille, Erminia Frezzolini, Eugenie Garcia (his wife), Gustave Garcia (his son), Catherine Hayes, Jenny Lind, Malcolm Sterling McKinley, Mathilde Marchesi, Henriette Nissen, Elise Polke, Adelaide Phillips, Charles Santley, Emil Scaria, Julius Gunther, Anna Schoen-Rene, Antoinette Sterling, Julius Stockhausen, Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfield, Hans Feodor von Milde, Fernando Valero, Jessi Bond, Scott Russell, Johannes Elmblad, Anna Schimon-Regan, Adolf Schulze, Henry Wood, Margaret MacIntyre, Johanna Wagner.
1916 Birth of French tenor Jean Giraudeau in Toulon. d-4 FEB 1995. Debut as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon (Thomas) 1942. Pupils were Jean Dupouy, Andree Francoise, Bernard Muraccide, Christiane Stutzman, Marc Vento, Created Nicador in Bolivar (Milhaud). Sang in FP of Secondatto (Bruni-Tedeschi). Martine (Rabaud). Hop Signor (Rosenthal).
1920 Birth of Belgian tenor Henri Legay. d-16 SEP 1992. Debut as Gerald in Lakme (Delibes). Sang in FP of Premier Partout (Legay / Devevey).
1921 Death of Italian soprano Teresina Brambilla-Ponchielli. b-Cassano D'Adda, 15 APR 1845. Debut 1863. Teachers were Marietta Brambilla (aunt), Teresa Brambilla (aunt). Pupil was Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi.
1938 Birth of Australian baritone Raymond MYERS in Sydney. Debut as Fernando in Fidelio (Beethoven) 1963. Teachers were Florence Taylor, Luigi Ricci. Created Truffaldino in Servant of Two Masters (Giannini).
1938 Death of Italian composer, conductor and organist Oreste Ravanello. Was organist at St Marks, Venice. b-1871.
1939 Birth of American soprano Eileen SCHAULER in Millburn, NJ.
1948 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Anne Wilkens in Essex. Debut in Ernani (Verdi) 1972. Teachers were Eva Turner, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears. Created Bianca in Voice of Ariadne (Musgrave). Margarita in Meister und Margarita (Kunad). Old Woman in We Come to the River (Henze). Beggar Woman in Death in Venice (Britten).
1948 Birth of American soprano Clamma DALE in Chester, PA. MET Opera Début 20 FEB 1973 [St. Teresa I] Four Saints in Three Acts, 1 season (1972-73) 12 perf., 1 role, 1 work.
1949 Birth of Scottish mezzo-soprano Cynthia Buchan in Edinburgh. Debut in Ballo Delle Ingrato (Monteverdi). Teachers were Marjorie Blakeston, Hans Hotter, Ilse Rapf. Created Jennie in Higglety Pigglety Pop (Knussen). Mother-in-Law / Wedding Guest in Blood Wedding (Le Fanu).
1950 Death of Swiss-French composer Emil Jacques-Dalcroze in Geneva, at age 84. b-Vienna, 6 JUL 1865. Developed method of learning music.