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  • 1685 Birth of Italian singer Anto BERNACCHI in Bologna.
  • 1776 Death of Englist organist and composer Thomas Roseingrave in Dunleary. b-Winchester, 1690.
  • 1824 Birth of German pianist, composer, conductor and teacher Carl REINEKE in Altona, Germany. d-Leipzig, 10 MAR 1910.
  • 1826 FP of Anton Webern's Five Orchestral Pieces in Zurich.
  • 1832 Birth of Italian tenor and singing teacher Giovanni SBRIGLIA in Naples. d-1916.
  • 1837 Birth of American composer Ernest GUIRAUD in New Orleans. d-Paris, 6 MAY 1892. Operas, "Le Roi David" (New Orleans at age 15); "Sylvie" (Paris, 1864); "En prison" (Paris, 1869); "Le Kobold" (Paris, 1870); "Madame Turlupin" (Paris, Nov. 23, 1872); "Piccolino" (Paris, 1876); "Galante aventure" (Paris, 1882); "Frédégonde" (completed by Saint-Saëns, 1895).
  • 1837 FP of Grisar's "L'Anmille" Paris.
  • 1840 FP of Lortzing's "Hans Sachs" Leipzig.
  • 1851 Birth of American organist and composer Clarence EDDY.
  • 1852 Birth of Italian-French pianist Stephanie Raoul PUGNO in Paris. d-Moscow, 8 JAN 1914.
  • 1852 FP of Ricci's "La festa di Piedigrotta" Naples.
  • 1855 Birth of English pianist and song composer Maude Valerie WHITE in Normandy. d-London, 2 NOV 1937.
  • 1862 Birth of American soprano Ulmar, Geraldine ULMAR in Boston. d-13 AUG 1932. Was amateur singer in concerts as a child. Her professional stage début was on a ship in a lake in Boston's Oakland Garden as [Josephine] in H.M.S. Pinafore, August (1879). Boston Ideal Opera Company as leading soprano for six years. With Sir Arthur Sullivan and as [Yum-Yum] with Carte's First American Mikado Company, opening at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, NYC, in August (1885). Continuing same performance in Liverpool, Manchester, and then appeared in Germany before returning to the U.S. She appeared in productions of Princess Ida, The Mikado, and Patience. She returned to England and the D'Oyly Carte to rehearse opera, Ruddygore. She remained there until (1904), after appearing as [Jane Jingle] Ladyland she retired from the stage and devoted herself to teaching singing. m-briefly, in the 1890s, to composer-conductor Ivan Caryll.
  • 1864 Birth of American music writer Philip H. GOEPP.
  • 1870 FP of D'Arienzo's "Il Cacciatore delle Alpi" Naples.
  • 1877 Birth of German musicologist and composer Hermann STEPHANI in Grimma, Saxony. d-Marburg, 3 DEC 1960.
  • 1877 Birth of American composer Blair FAIRCHILD in Belmont, MA. First American to have an opera performed at Paris Opera. Dame libellule 1921. Blair FAIRCHILD Biography. d-Paris 1933.
  • 1887 Birth of American teacher and conductor John Finley WILLIAMSON in Canton, OH. He founded the Westminster Choir School. d-Toledo, 28 May 1964.
  • 1890 Birth of American pianist, composer and choral conductor William J. REDDICK.
  • 1892 Birth of Polish pianist and teacher Mieczyslaw HORZOWSKI in Lwow. A pupil of Leschetizky, he played joint recitals with Casals. He taught at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music for most of his long life. He died there in 1993 at age 101.
  • 1894 Death of Italian mezzo-soprano Marietta Alboni. b-Cesena, 10 MAR 1823. Debut as Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) 1839. Teachers were Gioacchino Rossini, Bagioli, Mme Bertolotti, Domenico Mombelli. Created Zerline in Corbeille D'Orange (Auber). Gernice in Ebrea (Pacini).
  • 1900 Birth of baritone Marcel CLAVERE.
  • 1908 Birth of Finnish conductor Jussi JALAS. Sibelius' son-in-law, born in Jyvaskyla. d-1985.
  • 1911 Birth of German tenor Hans BEIRER. d-1993.
  • 1920 Birth of American composer Paul Des MARAIS in Michigan.
  • 1922 Birth of American composer and jazz pianist Francis THORNE in Bay Shore, New York. The grandson of The Complete Opera Book author Gustave Kobbe'.
  • 1923 Birth of American composer George RUSSELL.
  • 1924 Death of French baritone Eugenio Giraldoni. b-Marseille, 20 MAY 1871. Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1891. Teacher was Caroline Ferni. Pupils were Adolf Niska, Robert Steel. Created Scarpia in Tosca (Puccini). Lazaro in Figlia di Iorio (Franchetti).
  • 1924 Death of English Morris dance collector Cecil (James) Sharp in London. b-London 22 NOV 1859. Was noted for his work as a collector of English folk song and dance.
  • 1926 Death of soprano Johanna Andre. b-30 JUN 1859. Pupil was Ida Von Scheele-Muller. Created Flowermaiden in Parsifal (Wagner).
  • 1927 Birth of Scotish tenor Kenneth McKELLAR in Paisley.
  • 1927 Death of Austian tenor Aloys Pennarini. b-Vienna, 1870 Vienna. Debut as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni). Teachers:- Joseph Gansbacher, Johannes Rees.
  • 1928 Birth of American composer John DUFFY in NYC.
  • 1929 Birth of Belgian composer Henri POUSSEUR in Malmédy.
  • 1930 Death of Ukrainian bass Tadeusz Orda. b-Rasskowo, Ukraine, 30 APR 1889. Teacher was Antonio Cotogni.
  • 1930 FP of Weill's "Der Jasager" school opera (Berlin radio). FP in USAmerica as "The one Who Sang Yes" New York, Apr. 25, 1933.
  • 1931 FP of Honegger's "Amphion" Paris.
  • 1940 FP of Prokofiev's "Semyon Kotko" Moscow.
  • 1943 Birth of American conductor and pianist James LEVINE Cincinnati, OH. Made his conducting début in Aspen Colorado (1964). History at the Met Opera Début 1971. Appointed principal conductor of the Met. (1973) Music Director in 1976, and Artistic Director (the first in the Company's history) (1986). Boston Symphony (2004).
  • 1943 Birth of American tenor William COCHRAN in Columbus, OH. MET Opera Début 21 DEC 1968 [Vogelgesang] Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 2 seasons (1968-69, 84-85) 12 perf. 2 works.
  • 1945 Birth of mezzo-soprano Ute WALTHER.
  • 1947 Death of American soprano Marion Weed. b-Rochester NY, 1870. MET Opera Début 28 NOV 1903 [Brünhilde] Die Walküre, 5 seasons (1903-08) 116 perf., 22 roles, 14 works. Teacher was Lilli Lehmann.
  • 1948 Birth of English composer Nigel OSBORNE in Manchester.
  • 1950 Birth of Hungarian mezzo-soprano Livia BUDAI in Esztergom. MET Opera Début 12 NOV 1987 [Azucena] Il Trovatore, 1 seasons (1987-88) 4 perf., 1 work.
  • 1950 Birth of British conductor Nicholas CLEOBURY.
  • 1950 FP of Andriessen's "Philomela" Holland Festival with Theo Bayle (b) (1912-1971) Dutch.
  • 1952 Birth of English tenor Kim BEGLEY in Cheshire.
  • 1953 FP of Shaporin's "Dekabristy" Moscow.
  • 1956 Birth of American soprano Sylvia McNAIR in Mansfield, OH.
  • 1956 Death of Russian composer Reinhold Moritzovich Glière in Moscow. b-Kiev, Ukraine, 30 DEC 1874.
  • 1958 Death of Finnish conductor Edward Jarnefelt in Stockholm. b-Vyborg, 14 AUG 1869.
  • 1962 Birth of American composer Jerome MISKELL.
  • 1966 Death of bass-baritone Andre Pernet. b-Rambersville, 6 JAN 1894. Debut 1921. Teacher was Andre Gresse. Created Maximilien in Maximilien (Milhaud). Shylock in Marchand de Venise (Hahn). Oedipe in Oedipe (Enescu).
  • 1972 FP of David Ward-Steinman's Sonata for Fortified Piano. Gary Wolf at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
  • 1982 FP of Vincent Persichetti's Harpsichord Sonata No. 2. Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone in Cleveland, OH.
  • 1985 Death of tenor Wilhelm Otto. b-Munster, 1907. Debut as Lohengrin in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1933. Created Bridegroom in Bluthochzeit (Fortner).
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