1819 Birth of Rhenish-Jewish conductor, cellist and composer
Jacques OFFENBACH in Köln, Germany, living in France since youth. d-Paris, 5 OCT 1880.
1831 FP of Auber's "Le philtre" Paris.
1832 FP of Halévy & Gide's "La Tentation" Opera/ballet, Paris, composer
1843 Birth of bass Feodor [Ignatievich] STRAVINSKY in Novyi Dvor, near Rechitza. Russian of Polish desent. d-4 DEC 1902. The
father of composer Igor Stravinsky. Debut as Rudolfo in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1873. Teacher was Camille Everardi. Created Dunois in Maid of Orleans (Tchaikovsky). Andrey in Dubrovsky (Napravnik). Mamirov in Enchantress (Tchaikovsky). Mayor in May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov). Grandfather Frost in Snow Maiden (Rimsky-Korsakov). His Highness in Vakula the Smith (Tchaikovsky). Ivan the Terrible in Merchant Kalashnikov (Rubinstein). Sang in FP of Prince Igor (Borodin).
1860 Birth of German-Austrian soprano Pelagie GREEF-ANDRIESSEN in Vienna. aka [née Andriessen; Stahmer-Andriesson, Ende-
Andriessen]. d-17 DEC 1937. Debut 1884. Teachers were Marie Andriessen von Lingke, Frau Dreyschock.
1861 Birth of American pianist, organist and composer Arthur WHITING. d-1936
1872 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Eugenia BURZIO in Turin. d-North Stoke, 18 MAY 1922. Debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1903. Teachers were Aversa, G Benvenuti, Carolina Ferni.
1883 Birth of composer Giannotto Bastianelli
1891 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Giannina ARANGI-LOMBARDI in Marigliano. d-Milan, 9 JUL 1951. She studied the
piano and voice. Sang in a concert at the Circolo Geraci, Palermo, (1919). Operatic début as [Lola] Cavalleria
Rusticana, at the Teatro Costanzi (1920). In 1924, after spending a
period away from the stage, she re-emerged as a soprano, singing
[Elena] in Mefistofele La Scala. In 1926, she visited the Colon,
Buenos Aires, where she was [Asteria] in Boito's Nerone, and she
appeared there regularly. Her last appearances took place in
Palermo, I Vespri Siciliani. (1938). Taught first in Milan, then for several years in Ankara,
and eventually returned to Milan. Debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1920. Teachers were Beniamino Carelli, Tina Poli-Randaccio, Adeline Stehle. Pupils were Leyla Gencer, Juanita Tosso, Maria Stader.
1894 FP of Massenet's "La Navarraise" London, with Emma Calvé (s) (1858-
1942) Fr. [Anita].
1896 Birth of Canadian conductor Wilfred PELLETIER in Montreal. d-NYC, 9 APR 1982. m-consecutively two
sopranos, Queena Mario (s) (1925-36) U.S.; Rose Bampton (s)
(1937). MET: Concert: Feb. 19, 1922, 28-seasons (1921-26, 27-50) 461
perf., 29 works.
1905 Birth of French mezzo-soprano Helene BOUVIER in Paris. d-Paris, 11 MAR 1978. Debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) 1930. Created Mother in Canuts (Kosma). Sang in FP of Bolivar (Milhaud).
1914 Birth of composer Friedrich Zipp
1920 Birth of Czech bass-baritone Jiri JORAN in Prague. Debut as Lladislav in Dalibor (Smetana) 1941. Teachers were Bronislav Chorovic, Apollo Granforte, Robert Rosner.
1922 Death of Italian composer Vittorio Monti. b-Naples, 6 JAN 1868. The composer of Csárdás for violin and orchestra. Studied at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella with F. Pinto (violin) and Paolo Serrao (composition). He went to Paris in 1886 where he studied with Camillo Sivori, and was for many years first violin in the Lamoureux Orchestra. His works include ballets, operettas, pantomimes as well as of instrumental, vocal and violin pieces.
1924 Birth of Belgian tenor Hans HASSEN in Beuthan. Teachers were Helge Roswaenge, Fred Husler.
1924 Birth of Italian conductor Silvio VARVISO. MET Opera Debut, 26 NOV 1961, Lucia di Lammermoor, 7-seasons (1961-66, 68-69, 82-83) 147-
1937 Birth of English bass Staford DEAN in Kingswood, Surrey. MET Opera Debut, 6 FEB 1976 [Figaro] Le Nozze di Figaro, 1 season (1975-76) 7 perf., 1
role. Debut as Zuniga in Carmen (Bizet) 1964. Teachers were Gordon Clinton, Howell Glynne, Otakar Kraus. Created Samuel Breze in Penny for a Song (R Rodney Bennett). David Riccio / Cardinal Beaton in Mary Queen of Scots (Musgrave). Don Estoban in Geburtstag der Infantin (Zemlinsky). Minister in Decision (Musgrave). King of Portugal in Ines de Castro (Macmillan).
1937 First televised operetta by W2XBS (later years Channel 4 WNBT, WRCA,WNBC-TV,WNBC) in NYC),
Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan was
televised to a very small audience of TV viewers.
1938 Birth of composer Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov
1940 Death of American soprano Emma Nevada. b-Nevada City CA, 7 FEB 1859. Died 20 June 1940. Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1880. Teacher was Mathilde Marchesi. Pupils were Mignon Nevada (daughter) Olive Townsend-Middleton.
1940 Death of French composer Jehan-Ariste Alain in Petit-Puy, France. b-killed in action, St.Germain-en-Laye, France 3 FEB 1911.
1944 Death of German tenor Johannes Sembach. b-Berlin, 9 MAR 1881. Debut 1900. Teachers were Jean De Reszke, A Heinemann, Nikolaus Rothmuhl, F. Schmidt. Sang in FP of Canterbury Pilgrims (De Koven).
1945 Birth of tenor Wolfgang NEUMANN in Waiern, Steiermark. MET Opera Début 12 FEB 1988 [Siegfried] Siegfried, 3 seasons (1987-89, 99-
00) thru 2000, 7 perf., 2 works. Debut as Max in Freischutz (Weber) 1973. Teachers were Friedrich Brenn, Wolfgang Bstandig, Ulrich Rapp, Erwin Rottgen.
1946 Birth of American baritone Brent ELLIS in Kansas City. MET Opera Début 25 AUG 1979 [Silvio] I Pagliacci, 8 seasons (1979-87) 76 perf., 9
works. Debut Maerbale in premiere of Bomarzo (Ginestra) 1967. Teachers were Daniel Ferro, Edna Forsythe, Marion Freschl, Luigi Ricci. Created Confidence Man in Confidence Man (Rochberg).
1954 Death of German soprano Minnie Nast. b-Karlsruhe, 10 OCT 1874. Debut 1897. Created Sophie in Rosenkavalier (Strauss).
1958 Death of German soprano Elfriede TROTSCHEL in Dresden. Debut as Aennchen in Freischutz (Weber) 1935. Teachers were Sophie Kuhnau-Bernard, Paul Schoeffler, Doris Winkler. Sang in FP of Hochzeit des Jobs (Haas).
1958 FP of Hoiby's "The Scarf" Spoleto.
1959 Birth of French tenor Jean ANGOT in Thury, Harcourt.
1959 Birth of English baritone Stephen RICHARDSON in Liverpool. Debut 1983. Teachers were David Keren, Patrick McGuigan. Created Ralph / Samson in Wildman (Le Fanu). Joshua Cramer in Intelligence Park (Barry). Time in Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (Barry).
1961 FP of Paul Creston's Dance Variations for soprano and orchestra. Stadium Symphony, Pierre Monteux conducting with soprano Roberta Peters at Lewisohn Stadium in NYC.
1962 FP of Leroy Anderson's Clarinet Candy composer conducting clarinet soloists Vincent Abato, Herbert Blayman, Roger Hiller and Bernard Portnoy at a Decca recording session in NYC.