1769 Birth of French composer Pierre-Antoine Dominique DELLA MARIA in Marseilles. d-Paris, 9 MAR 1800. Operas, "Il maestro di cappella" (1772); "Chi vuol non puole" (Venice, 1795); "Le prisonnier, ou La ressemblance" (Paris, 1798); "Il matrimonio per scommessa, ossia La guerra aperta" (Venice, 1795); "Le vieux château, ou La rencontre" (Paris, 1798): "Jacquot, ou L'école des mères" (1798); "L'opéra comique" (Paris, 1798); "L'oncle valet" (Paris, 1798); "La maison du Marais" (Paris, 1799); "La Fausse" Duègne" posthumous (1802).
1769 Birth of French tenor Jean ELLEVIOU in Paris. d-5 MAY 1842. Debut in Le Deserteur (Monsigny) 1790. Created Isauun in Calife de Bagdad (Boieldieu). Jean in Jean de Paris (Boieldieu). Joseph in Joseph (Mehul).
1877 Birth of French mezzo-soprano Jane aka Jeanne-Marie Berthier BATHORI in Paris. d-Paris, 25 JAN 1970. Planned for a career as concert pianist but made professional singing debut in 1898, at the Théâtre de la Bodinière in the rue Saint-Lazare, a concert to honor the poet Paul Verlaine. Also Concerts du Conservatoire followed by performances in Gabriel Fauré's La Naissance de Vénus and Saint-Saéns' Messe de Requiem. Her début was at Nantes during the 1899-1900 season. Studied with and married Pierre-Emile Engel (1908). Known as an interpreter of contemporary French songs and often accompanied herself during recitals. Sang with Toscanini in the first La Scala performance of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (1902). In 1917, she became the director of the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. During the German occupation of France during WW-II, she moved to Buenos Aires and became organizer there of the music section of the French institute of higher studies. Teachers were Emile Engels, Marie-Helene Lamoureux.
1881 The player piano was patented by John McTammany, Jr. of Cambridge, MA.
1884 Birth of Irish born American tenor John McCORMACK in Athlone. aka Giovanni Foli. d-Dublin, 16 SEP 1945. MET Opera Début 29 NOV 1910 [Alfredo] La Traviata, 6 seasons (10-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-19) 10 perf., 4 works.) he sang only 9 perf., in 6 years, 4 roles. Debut as Fritz in L'Amico Fritz (Mascagni) 1906. Teachers were Vincente O'Brien, Vincenzo Sabbattini. Pupil was Christopher Lynch. Created Paul Merrill in Natoma (Herbert). Search for John McCORMACK
1891 Birth of tenor Karel HRUSKA in Plzen. Debut as Beppo in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1909. Teacher was Josef Branzovsky.
1894 ('96?)Birth of English tenor Heddie NASH. d-London, 14 JUN 1961. Debut as Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1924. Teachers were Julian Kimbell, Giuseppe Borgatti. Pupils were John Mitchinson, John Heddle Nash (son). Created Dr Manette in Tale of Two Cities (Benjamin).
1897 Birth of French bass Pierre FROUMENTY in Agen. d-1 FEB 1975. Debut as Retz in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 4 Jul 1930. Sang in FP of Lou (Landowski).
1900 Birth of French baritone Roger BOURDIN in Levallois. d-Paris, 14 SEP 1973. Debut as Lescaut in Manon (Massenet) 1922. Teachers were Andre Gresse, Jacques Isnardon. Pupils were Michel Cadiou, Serge Rallier, Christiane Castelli Created Simon Bolivar in Bolivar (Milhaud).
1901 Birth of Dutch composer Emmy Frensel WEGENER in Amsterdam, Netherlands. d-Laren, Netherlands 11 JAN 1973.
1908 Birth of German tenor Bernd ALDENHOFF in Duisburg. d-Munich, 8 OCT 1959. MET Opera Début 25 FEB 1955. [Tannhäuser] Tannhäuser, 1-season (1954-55) 4-perf. in 3-roles. Teacher was Lenz. Created Migel Manara in Don Juan de Manera (Tomasi).
1910 Birth of German conductor Rudolph KEMPE in Niederpoyritz, nr Dresden. d-Zürich, 11 MAY 1976. Début Leipzig Opera, 1936. MET Opera Debut 26 JAN 1955, Tannhäuser, 2 seasons (1954-56) 25 perf., 5-works.
1913 Birth of Czech baritone Beno BLACHUT in Ostrava-Vitlovice. d-Prague, 10 JAN 1985. Debut as Jenik in Bartered Bride (Smetana) 1939. Teachers were Louis Kaderabek, Karel Nedbal. Created Forde in Lake Ukereve (Macha).
1913 Birth of English conductor, arranger, pianist and composer Stanley BLACK.
1949 FP of Britten's "The Little Sweep, or Let's Make an Opera" an entertainment for young people, in Aldeburgh.
1952 FP in USAmerica of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera as translated by Marx Blitzstein at Brandeis University's first Festival of the Creative Arts, with Leonard Bernstein conducting at campus, South Street, Waltham, MA.
1954 Death of American contralto Roberta Dodd CRAWFORD in Dallas, TX. b-Bonham, TX 1897. aka Princess Kojo Tovalou-Houenou.
1954 Death of Italian baritone Luigi Montesanto . b-Palermo, 23 NOV 1887. Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1909. Teacher was Santorno. Pupil was Giuseppe Di Stefano. Created Michele in Tabarro (Puccini). Sang in FP of Jacquerie (Marinuzzi).
1986 Death of Italian tenor Augusto Ferranto. b-Naples, 20 JUN 1903. Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 22 Aug 1929. Teachers were Nino Companino, Punzo, Lombardo. Created Liola in Liola (Mule). Franz in Dottor Oss (Bizzelli). Michele in Canzone di San Giovanni (Pietri).
1990 Death of German soprano Erna Berger. b-Dresden, 19 OCT 1900. Debut as Boy in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1925. Teachers were Heta Boeckel, Melitza Hirzel. Pupils were Elke Schary, Rita Streich. Created Hanneles Himmelfahrt in Hanneles Himmelfahrt (Graner). Sang in FP of Doktor Faust (Busoni).
1991 Death of American baritone Frank Valentino. b-Denver, 6 JAN 1907. Teacher was Emilio Piccoli. Pupil was James Morris. Created Riviere in Volo di Notte (Dallapiccola). Sang in FP of Re Lear (Frazzi).