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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).