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  • 1636 Birth of composer Johann David Mayer
  • 1707 Hiring of J.S. Bach as organist at Blasiuskirche, in Muehlhausen, Germany. [Some sources say Bach started as organist at St. Blaise in Muhlhausen on 17 September 1707. Bach Timeline and HOASM]
  • 1727 Birth of French soprano Marie FAVART in Avignon. d-21 APR 1772. Debut in Fetes Publiques (Favart, Later her husband) 1745. Pupil, Louise Dugazon.
  • 1728 Birth of composer Pietro Alessandro Pavona
  • 1733 (JC) The Opera of the Nobility founded by noblemen and supported by the Prince of Wales, as a rival opera company to Handel's Royal Academy in London.
  • 1734 Birth of composer Johann Ernst Altenburg
  • 1749 Birth of composer George Joseph Vogler
  • 1763 Birth of German composer Franz DANZI in Mannheim. d-Karlsruhe, 13 APR 1826. Operas, "Cleopatra" (duodrama, Mannheim, 1870); "Azakia" (Mannheim, 1780): "Der Mitternachtsstunde" (singspiel, Munich, 1788); "Die Sylphe" (singspiel, 1788); "Triumph der Treue" (Munich, 1789); "Der Quasi- Mann" (Munich, 1789); "Deucalion et Pirrha" (c.1795); Der Kuss" (Munich, 1799); "El Bondocani" (singspiel, Munich, 1802); "Iphigenie in aulis" (grand opera, Munich, 1807); "Dido" ( melodrama, Stuttgart, (1801); "Camilla und Eugen oder Der Gartenschüssel" (comedy, Stuttgart, 1812); "Rübezahl" (singspiel, Karlsruhe, 1813); "Malvina" (singspiel, Karlsruhe, 1814); "Truandot" (singspiel, Krlsruhe, 1817); "Die Probe" (opera, Karlsruhe, 1817) "L'Abbe de Attaignant oder die Theaterprobe" (opera, Karlsruhe, 1820).
  • 1772 Death of French composer Louis-Claude d'Aquin in Paris. b-Paris, 4 JUL 1694.
  • 1810 FP of L. Von Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Incidental Music, with Goethe's drama at the Court Theater in Vienna. CD-Beethoven: Overture" Egmont", Wellington
  • 1813 Birth of English tenor William Harrison in London. d-9 NOV 1868. Debut in the FP of Henrique (Rooke) 1839. Created Thaddeus in Bohemian Girl (Balfe). Count Rupert in Satanella (Balfe). Don Caesar de Bazan in Maritana (Wallace). Rudolph in Lurline (Wallace). Fortespada in Bianca (Balfe). Sang in FP of Henrique (Rooke). Quentin Durward (Laurent)
  • 1814 FP of Hummel's "Die Rückfarth des Kaisers" singspiel, Vienna.
  • 1821 Birth of composer Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba
  • 1843 Birth of Norwegian composer Edvard Hagerup GRIEG in Bergen. d-Bergen, 4 SEP 1907.
  • 1861 Birth of Austrian-American contralto Ernestine SCHUMANN-HEINK in Lieben, near Prague. d-Hollywood, CA, 17 NOV 1936. MET Opera Début 7 NOV 1898 [Ortrud] Lohengrin, 13 seasons (1898-1903, 06-07, 11-13, 15-17, 25-26, 28-29, 31-32) 278 perf., 20 roles, 16 works. Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) 1878. Teachers were Karl Krebs, Giovanni Lamperti, Mariette Von Leclair, Franz Wullner. Pupils were Marie Powers, Edith De Lys. Created Clytemnestra in Elektra (Strauss).
  • 1864 Birth of French composer Guy ROPARTZ in Guingamp. d-Lanloup, 22 NOV 1955.
  • 1865 Birth of French tenor Albert VAGUET in Elbeuf. d-22 MAR 1943. Debut Faust in Faust (Gounod) 1890. Teachers were Joseph Theodore Barbot, Louis-Henri Obin, Charles Ponchard. Pupil was Charles Rousseliere.
  • 1865 Birth of composer Paul Gilson
  • 1869 Death of Belgian composer Albert Grisart in suburban Paris. b-Antwerp, 26 DEC 1808.
  • 1872 Birth of German soprano Johanna GADSKI in Anklam. d-Berlin, 22 FEB 1932, Automobile accident. MET Opera Début 28 DEC 1899 [Elisabeth] Tannhäuser, 17 seasons (1898-1904, 06-17) 493 perf., 29 roles, 28 works. Debut in Undine (Lortzing) 1888. Teacher was Mme. Schroder-Chaloupka. Created Hester Prynne in Scarlet Letter (Damrosch).
  • 1884 Birth of soprano Anna EDSTROM in Vanersborg. d-8 OCT 1940. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1914. Teachers were Gillis Bratt, Edmond Duvernoy, Liva Edstrom-Jarnefelt, Vittorio Vanzo.
  • 1886 Birth of composer Charles Wood
  • 1889 FP of J. P. Sousa's Washington Post March. Sousa conducting the U.S. Marine Band outside the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. CD-The Military Band
  • 1893 Death of Hungarian opera composer Ferenc Erkel at age 82, in Budapest. b-Gyula, 7 NOV 1810.
  • 1894 Birth of soprano Rachaeli MORI in Pavio. d-13 JAN 1992. Pupil was Joseph Rouleau.
  • 1894 Birth of American composer and arranger Robert Russell BENNETT, in Kansas City, MO. d-NYC, 17 AUG 1981. Operas, "Maria Malibran" (N.Y., 1935); "The Enchanted Kiss" (N.Y., 1945); Operetta: "Endymion" (1927).
  • 1895 Death of Polish-Prussian composer and conductor Franz Friedrich Genee in Baden. b-Danzig, 7 FEB 1823.
  • 1897 Birth of American soprano Mary ELLIS aka May Belle Elsas, in NYC, Manhattan. d-London 2003. She died at the age of 104. MET Opera for four seasons, appearing in the FP of Suor Angelica. The last living singer to have sung with Enrico Caruso, at Brooklyn [Gianetta] L'Elisir d'amore (1920). Also last living singer to have participated in the premiere of a Puccini opera. She had an acting career and a career in musicals. Rudolf Friml wrote "Rose-Marie" for her (1924). Ellis also appeared in several motion pictures. Her last acting role was an appearance with Jeremy Brett, in an episode of BBC-TV series Sherlock Holmes. MET Opera Début 14 DEC 1918 [Genovieffa] Suor Angelica, 4 seasons (1918-22) 78 perf., 13 roles, 9 works.
  • 1898 Birth of English composer, conductor and teacher Sir Thomas ARMSTRONG. d-1994.
  • 1900 Birth of American composer Otto LUENING in Milwaukee, WI. d-NYC, 2 SEP 1996.
  • 1901 Birth of composer John Wesley Work
  • 1902 Birth of German-American conductor Max RUDOLF in Frankfurt am Main. d-Philadelphia, 28 FEB 1995. MET Opera Début 13 JAN 1946, Concert, 16 seasons (1945-50, 51-58, 65-66, 71-72, 73-75) 209 perf., 17 works.
  • 1908 Birth of Italian soprano Maria CARBONE in Castellammare di Stabia, nr. Naples. d-Rome, 28 DEC 2002.
  • 1910 Birth of Dutch composer Berend GILTAY in Hilversum. d-Utrecht, Netherlands, 21 MAR 1975.
  • 1912 FP of Holbrooke's Trilogy: "The Cauldron of Anwyn" "The Children of Don" London.
  • 1912 Birth of New Zealand bass Oscar NATZKA aka Natzke in Wharepuhunga N. Zealand. d-4 NOV 1951. Debut as Wagner in Faust (Gounod) 10 Oct 1938. Teachers were John Brownlee, Albert Garcia. Created Martel in Troubled Island (Still). De Fulke in Serf (Lloyd).
  • 1914 (GC, JC=2 JUN) FP of N. Miaskovsky`s Symphony No. 1, in Pavlovsk.
  • 1922 Birth of composer John Veale
  • 1924 Birth of English soprano Adele LEIGH in London. d-MAY 2004 . Teachers were Julius Gutman, Gustav Sacher, Maggie Teyte. Created Bella in Midsummer Marriage (Tippett).
  • 1924 Birth of Andre DRAN in Metz. Created Montriveau in Duchesse de Langeais (Bozza). Sang in FP of Symphonie Pastorale (Landre). Colombe (Damasne).
  • 1926 Birth of tenor Louis DEVOS. Pupil was Rene Jacobs. Created St Anthony in St Anthony's Great Temptation (De Meester). Sang in FP of Jonker Lichthart (Van Hoof).
  • 1926 Birth of Swedish composer Jan Axel CARLSTEDT in Orsa.
  • 1926 Birth of American administrator Carol FOX. d-21 JUL 1981. General Manager of The Chicago Lyric Opera. Ill health and her unwillingness to bow to budgetary pressures, led to her resignation in 1980.
  • 1929 Birth of Australian pianist Geoffrey PARSONS. d-1995. Was accompanist with singer Dietriech Fischer-Dieskau and others. Photo.
  • 1929 Birth of composer Gideon N N Nxumalo
  • 1934 Birth of tenor Andre MALLABRERA in Oran. Debut 14 DEC 1958.
  • 1934 Death of French conductor Louis Charles Bruneau in Paris. b-Paris, 3 MAR 1857.
  • 1934 FP of Erik Satie'sMercure in Paris.
  • 1936 FP of Françaix's "Le Roi Nu" Paris.
  • 1936 Birth of composer Birth of composer Alexandru Hrisanide
  • 1937 Birth of German composer Rolf RIEHM in Saarbrücken.
  • 1938 FP of Krenek's "Karl V" Prague.
  • 1938 Birth of composer Jean-Claude Eloy
  • 1940 Birth of Dutch composer Willem Frederik BON in Amersfoort. d-Nijeholtpade, 14 April 1983.
  • 1947 Birth of American tenor Howard CROOK in Passaic, NJ.
  • 1947 Birth of English composer Paul PATTERSON in Chesterfield.
  • 1947 FP of Orff's "Die Bernauerin" Stuttgart.
  • 1951 Death of American mezzo-soprano Adrienne Von Kraus-Osborne. b-Buffalo, NY 2 DEC 1873. Teachers were Auguste Gotze, Felix Van Kraus (husband), Max Stagemann.
  • 1953 Birth of English cellist Rafael WALLFISCH.
  • 1954 Birth of American composer Brenda HUTCHISON.
  • 1954 Birth of Dutch composer Chiel MEIJERING in Amsterdam.
  • 1957 Birth of Dutch composer Margriet VERBEEK in Leiderdorp.
  • 1958 Birth of Hungarian soprano Andrea ROST. MET Opera Début 7 DEC 1996 [Adina] L'Elisir d'Amore, 3 seasons (1996-97, 98-00) as of 2000, 19 perf., 3 works.
  • 1959 Birth of English cellist Robert COHEN.
  • 1960 FP of Badings' "Martin Korda" Amsterdam.
  • 1970 Birth of Maltese composer Anthony BONELLO in Pieta.
  • 1971 Death of Czech composer Miloslav Kabelac in Prague. b-Prague, 1 AUG 1908.
  • 1972 Death of Italian bass Salvatore Catania. b-Palermo, 1921. Debut as Don Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini).
  • 1980 FP of David Byrne`s High Life for Strings during the New Music America Festival at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
  • 1989 FP of Michael Torke's ballet Slate. New York City Ballet Orchestra, Hugo Fiorato, conducting at the New York State Theater. CD-Michael Torke: Chamber Works
  • 1991 FP of David Ward-Steinman's Cinnabar for viola and piano, at the 19th Annual Viola Congress. Karen Elaine was soloist with the composer at the piano in Ithaca, NY. CD-Ward-Steinman: Three Concertos
  • 2003 Death of Russian conductor Yevgeny Kolbov in Moscow. b-1946. Director and chief conductor of Novaya Opera Theater.
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