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1727 Sopranos Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni created a public scandal, culminating in a physical altercation
during a performance of "Astianatte". This rivalry nearly
ruined Cuzzoni's career. She was later imprisoned for debt in the
Netherlands, and she eventually returned to Bologna where she
subsisted by making buttons.
1845 Birth of Hungarian violinist and teacher Leopold AUER in Veszprem. Taught Elman, Zimbalist and Heifetz. d-1930.
1846 Birth of composer Wladyslaw Gorski
1853 Birth of tenor Alexander MYSZUGA in Lwow. d-9 MAR 1922. Debut in Haunted Manor (Moniuszko). Teachers were Giovanni Sbriglia, Valerie Wysocki, Bruni. Pupil was Janina Korolewicz-Wayda.
1863 Death of Austrian composer and organist Franz Gruber in Hallein, suburban Salzburg. b-Unterweizburg.
1865 Birth of composer Guido Gasperini
1867 Birth of composer Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi
1872 Birth of Russian tenor Leonid SOBINOV in Jaroslavl. d-14 OCT Oct. 14 1934.
1873 Birth of English composer, pianist and conductor Landon RONALD, aka Landon Ronald
1874 Birth of composer Theodor Streicher
1876 Birth of American soprano Alice NIELSEN in Nashville. d-8 MAR 1943. Debut 1893. Teacher was Ida Valerga.
1877 Birth of Spanish tenor Jose PALET in Martorell, Barcelona. d-1 FEB 1946. Debut as Fernando in Favorita (Donizetti). Teachers were Paredes, Juan Goula.
1885 Birth of composer Percy Brier
1888 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Carmella PONSELLE in NYC. Sister of Rosa Ponselle. d-13 JUN 1977. Debut 1923.
1891 Birth of Argentine composer Athos PALMA in Buenos Aires. d-Miramar, Argentina, 10 JAN 1951.
1891 Birth of Welsh tenor Parry JONES in Blaina, Wales. d-London, 26 DEC 1963. Studied at the Royal College of Music and elsewhere, joined the D’Oyly-Carte Opera Company in 1915 and sang with the Carl Rosa company from 1919 to 1922. Covent Garden début 1921. English premières of Wozzeck and Mathis der Maler. He was a regular member of Covent Garden Opera from 1949 to 1953.
1894 Birth of German composer Hanns WOLF in Bamberg, Germany. d-Fuessen, Germany, 2 JUL 1968.
1896 FP of Hugo Wolf's opera Der Corregidor 'The Governor' at the national theater in Mannheim.
1897 Birth of Hungarian-American conductor and composer George SZELL in Budapest. Cleveland Orchestra. d-Cleveland, 1970.
1903 Birth of English soprano Margaret RITCHIE in Grimsby. d-7 FEB 1969. Debut as Pamina in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1929. Teachers were Harry Plunkett-Greene, Henry Wood, Agnes Nicholls. Created Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Britten). Lucia in Rape of Lucretia (Britten). Tormentilla in Poisoned Kiss (Vaughan-Williams).
1907 Birth of Italian tenor Mario FILIPPESCHI in Pisa. d-25 DEC 1979. Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) JUL 1937. Teachers were Arturo Pessina, Viicidomini.
1908 Birth of Italian soprano Margherita CAROSIO in Genoa. d-10 JAN 2005.
Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1924. Teachers were Natale Carosio (father), Giuseppe Podesta. Pupils were Ghena Dimitrova, Zdzislav Klimek. Created Egloge in Nerone (Mascagni). Gnese in Campiello (Wolf-Ferrari).
1908 Birth of Russian-American pianist and conductor Boris GOLDOVSKY. d.-Brookline, MA, 15 FEB 2001.
1931 Birth of American composer and teacher Henry WEINBERG.
aLI>1932 Birth of American tenor Andrea VELIS in New Kinston. d-North Conway, NH, 4 OCT 1994. MET Opera Début 23 OCT 1961,
[Joe] La Fanciulla del West, 32 seasons, 1694 perf. & concerts, 44
works, 62 roles.
1947 Birth of Dutch composer Huub KERSTENS in The Hague, Netherlands. d-Amsterdam, 24 FEB 1999.
1948 Death of French composer Georges Hüe in Paris. b-Versailles, 6 MAY 1858.
1950 Death of German soprano Gertrude Forstel. b-Leipzig, 21 DEC 1880. Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1900. Teachers were Angelo Neumann, Selma Nicklass-Kempner, Aglaia von Orgeni. Pupils were Anny Helm, Ilse Hollweg, Marianne Warneyer.
1951 FP of Henri Dutilleux' Symphony No. 1, in Paris.
1980 Death of American baritone Richard Bonelli. b-Port Byron, NY, 6 FEB 1887. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) April 1915. Teachers were Arthur Alexander, Jean de Reszke, William Vilonet. Pupils were Enrico di Giuseppe, Frank Guarrera, David Lloyd.
1982 Death of English tenor Francis Russell. b-1896.
Created Tupman in Pickwick (Coates).
1984 FP of George Crumb's A Haunted Landscape. New York Philharmonic, Arthur Weisberg conducting.