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Joseph Martin KRAUS


  • 1585 Birth of composer Lazaro Valvasensi
  • 1628 Death of English composer Thomas Simpson in Copenhagen, Denmark. b-Milton-cum-Sittingbourne, England MAR 1582.
  • 1716 FP of Handel's orchestral interludes with opera Amadigi.
  • 1730 Birth of composer Nonnosus Madlseder
  • 1756 Birth of German-Swiss composer Joseph Martin KRAUS in Miltenberg, Germany. d-Stockholm, Sweden 15 DEC 1792.
  • 1767 FP of Gossec's "Toinon et Toinette" Paris.
  • 1787 Death of German composer Carl Friedrich Abel in London. b-Cöthen, Germany 22 DEC 1723.
  • 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 conducting.
  • 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
  • 1868 Birth of English conductor Sir Dan GODFREY.
  • 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.
  • 1898 Marriage of Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, piano duo.
  • 1899 Birth of Dutch composer Anthon Van Der HORST in Amsterdam, Netherlands. d-Hilversum, Netherlands 7 MAR 1965.
  • The Magnificent Voice Of Helen Traubel1899? Birth of American soprano Helen TRAUBEL  Search  Helen TRAUBELin Saint Louis. d-Santa Monica, CA 28 JUL 1972.
  • 1899 Birth of composer Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist. d-1965.
  • 1900 Birth of composer Ernest White
  • 1901 FP of Sir Edward Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, In London Town at a London Philharmonic concert.
  • 1903 Birth of Italian tenor Augusto FERRAUTO in Naples. d-14 JUN 1986.
  • 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- perf. 16-works.
  • 1928 Birth of composer Robert Satanowski
  • 1929 Birth of Austrian pianist Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist. Search  for Ingrid HaeblerGreat Pianists 42
  • 1931 Birth of Norwegian composer Arne NORDHEIM in Larvik, Norway.
  • 1934 Birth of composer Cornel Taranu
  • 1935 Birth of American tenor Norman PAIGE in NYC. Teachers were Lucius Metz, Cornelius L. Reid.
  • 1935 Birth of American composer John CAPONEGRO.
  • 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 FP of Jerome Moross's ballet Frankie and Johnny. Page-Stone Ballet at the Great Northern Theater in Chicago.
  • 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).
  • 1946 Birth of American pianist Andre WATTSAndre Watts Plays Liszt Vol 1 Search  for Andre WATTS.
  • 1947 FP of B. Britten's opera Albert Herring at the Glyndebourne Opera, England.
  • 1948 Edward Wallerstein conducts the first public demonstration of the revolutionary Columbia Records 33-rpm "Long Playing" (LP) discs for the press at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC.
  • 1952 FP of second version of Paul Hindemith's opera Cardillac at the Stadttheater in Zürich.
  • 1953 FP of H. Owen Reed's Missouri Shindig by University of Illinois Band conducted by Mark Hindsley.
  • 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.
  • 1965 FP of Reimann's "Ein Traumspiel" Kiel.
  • 1969 FP of K. Penderecki's opera The Devils of Loudun at the Staatsoper in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 1975 Death of Mexican composer Daniel Ayala-Pérez in Veracruz, Mexico. b-Abala, Mexico 21 JUL 1906.
  • 1980 Death of Swedish composer Gustaf Allan Pettersson in Stockholm. b-Västra Ryd, Sweden 19 SEP 1911.
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