1865 Birth of Irish bass-baritone Harry Plunket GREEN in Old
Connaught House, Co. Wicklow. d-London, 19 AUG 1936. Debut as Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1890. Teachers were Barraclough, Alfred Blume, Goetschius, Anton Hromeda, Luigi Vannuccini, J. B. Welch. Pupils were Robert Easton, Keith Falkner, Margaret Ritchie, Muriel Kistner, Sydney MacEwan.
1879 Birth of Russian ballet dancer Agrippina J Vaganova
1882 Death of Swiss-German composer Josef Joachim Raff, age 60, in Frankfurt. b-Lachen, on the shores of lake Zürich in Switzerland, 27 MAY 1822.
1891 Death of composer Ann Bartholomew.
1895 Birth of Spanish soprano Angeles OTTEIN in Madrid. d-9 MAR 1981. Debut in Maruxa (Vives) May 1914. Teacher was Lorenzo Simonetti. Pupils were Kety Fernandez de Naya, Miriam del Pozo, Pablo Elvira, Isabella Gargisanz, Olga Inglesias, Pilar Lorengar, Marie Luisa Nache, Consuelo Rubio. Sang in FP of Fantochines (Del Campo).
1900 Birth of German baritone Karl KRONENNBURG aka Karl KRONENBERG in Soligen. d-21 SEP 1974.
1901 Birth of American composer Harry PARTCH in Oakland, CA. d-3 SEP 1974.
1904 Birth of Italian tenor Virginio ASSANDRI in Parma. d-15 MAY 1967. Studied in Milan, début La Bohème (1930). Sang
at the Regal Teeatre Parma (1932-62).
In 1946 began five seasons at San
Francisco. Later, Chicago and New York. Then returned to Italy (1961). He sang [Rodrigo] Otello in the recording
conducted by Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
1908 Birth of composer and organist Hugo DISTLER in Nuremberg. d-Berlin, 1 NOV 1942.
1909 Birth of Italian soprano Tatiana MENOTTI in Triste. d-Barcelona, 3 OCT 2001. Debut in 1931. Specialising in subrette roles, she sang in Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Zurich and Amsterdam and first appeared at La Scala (in Il Matrimonio Segreto) in 1936. FP there of Licinio Refice's "Margheritta do Cortono in 1938 and both before and after the war appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Mozartean roles. Her final performances (opposite Maria Callas in Mozart's Seraglio) took place in 1952 at La Scala. m-tenor Juan Oncina.
1924 Birth of Swiss conductor Silvio VARVISO in Zurich. MET Opera Debut, 26 MAY 1961 Lucia di Lammermoor, 7-seasons (1961-66, 68-69, 82-
83) 147-perf. of 16-works.
1926 FP of Friml's "No Foolin" New York. Ziegfeld's American Revue of
1935 Birth of American composer Terry RILEY in Colfax, CA.
1935 FP of Richard Strauss' "Die schweigsame Frau" Dresden with Erna Sack, (s)
(1903-1972) Ger. [Isotta]; Maria Cebotari, (s) (1910-1949) Ger.
1936 Birth of German mezzo-soprano Gudrun WEWEZOW in Heidelberg. Debut as St Catherine in Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher (Honegger) 1959. Teachers were Erika Becker, Maud Cunitz, Philomena Herbst-Latour, Gerda Heuer. Sang in FP of Sim Tjong (Yun Isang).
1939 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Leonora LANZILOTTI in NYC.
1942 Birth of Hungarian soprano Katalin KASZA.
1942 Birth of Swedish mezzo-soprano Sylvia LINDENSTRAND in Stockholm. Debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 1962. Teachers were Isobel Ghasal-Ohman, Hjordis Schymberg. Created Dionysus in Backanterna (Bortz).
1944 Birth of Dutch mezzo-soprano Emmy GREGER in Amsterdam. Debut as Witch in Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck) 1968. Teachers were Carlo Bini, Maria Hoving. Created Presidente in Liaisons Dangereuses (Prey).
1945 Birth of English bass Paul HUDSON in Barnsley. Debut as Stefan in Lucky Peter's Journey (Williamson) 1969. Teachers were Redvers Llewellyn, Peggy Troman, Eugene Everest. Created Captain in Taverner (Maxwell-Davies).
1964 Death of Chilean soprano Sofia del CAMPO in Santiago, Chile. b- Chile, 1884. Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1916. Teachers were Ana Luisa Cuevas, Ana Hartam, Mario Lamura. Pupil was Ina Souez.
1982 Death of Greek tenor Peter Baxevanos. b-29 SEP 1908, Thessalonika Greece. d-24 JUN 1982. Debut in Sly (Wolf-Ferrari) 1934. Created Alwa in Lulu (Berg). Albrecht von Branenburg in Mathis der Maler (Hindemith).
1984 Death of Italian tenor Antonio Salvarezza. b-Alissandria, Italy, 17 MAR 1902. d-24 JUN 1984. Debut as Duke in Rigoletto (Verdi) 5 APR 1937. Teacher was Floria.
1993 Death of Austrian tenor Hans Beirer. b-Vienna, 23 JIN 1911. Known for performances of Parsifal. Seven years at Bayreuth. Teachers were Tino Pattiera, Paul Neuhaus. Created Mayer in Besuch der Alten Dame (Von Einem). President Walker in Kabale und Liebe (Von Einem).