1810 Birth of German composer Robert Alexander SCHUMANN in Zwickau, Saxony,
Germany. d-Endenich, Germany nr. Bonn, 29 JUL
1856. He wrote 2 operas, "Der Corsar" unfinished (1844); "Genoveva" (Leipzig, 1850), 4 symphonies, several overtures, various chamber works,
over 100 keyboard pieces, and hundreds of songs and choral works.
Born to a bookseller, he had virtually no musical training until the age of
twenty. He married pianist Clara Wieck, who was a champion of his music. Search SCHUMANN
1843 Birth of Italian bass Fyodor STRAVINSKY in Minsk. aka Fyodor Ignatyevich Stravinsky was a principal bass at the Imerial Opera in St. Petersburg who made over 1200 appearances in 64 roles during his careerd-21 NOV 1902. Was father of composer Igor Stravinsky.
1920 Birth of bass Peter ROTH-EHRANG in Trier. d-28 DEC 1966. Debut as Hermit in Freischutz 1950. Teachers were Paul Lohmann, Kurt Prasse. Sang in FP of Hochzeit des Jobs (Haas). Visitation (Schuller).
1929 FP of Paul Hindemith's Neus vom Tage 'News of the Day' at the Krolloper in Berlin. A revised version, FP in Naples, 7 APR 1954, composer conducting.
1930 Birth of American bass Raymond MICHALSKI in Bayonne, NJ. d-Elizabeth, NJ 24 DEC 1978. MET Opera Début 29 DEC 1965, [King] Aida, 10 seasons (1965-71, 72-76) 301 perf., 25 roles. Debut as Nourabad in Pearl Fishers (Bizet) 1959. Teacher was Rosalie Miller. Created Jed in Mourning Becomes Electra (Levy).
1930 Birth of composer Yannis Ioannidis
1932 Birth of composer Hans Gunter Helms
1932 Death of Hungarian soprano Clementine Schuch-Proska. b-12 FEB 1850. Teacher was Mathilde Marchesi.
1933 Birth of American baritone Robert KERNS in Highland Park, MI. d-Vienna, 15 FEB 1989. Debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1955. Sang in FP of Rope (Mennini).
1953 FP of Benjamin Britten's opera Glorianna at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in London. Edith Coats (m/s) (1908-1983) Eng.
Jennifer Vyvyan (s) (1925-1974) Eng. Peter Pears (t) (1910-1986)
Eng. [Essex]; (Pritchard, conducting). The performance took place
in the disgruntled presence of Queen Elizabeth II, who was not
amused by a stage presentation of her predecessor's Elizabeth and
Essex amorous lives. CD-Britten: Gloriana
1961 Birth of American soprano Kallen ESPERIAN in Waukegan, IL. Studied at University of Illinois. Was a mezzo-soprano in Luciano Pavarotti's Vocal
Competition in Philadelphia in 1981. Metropolitan
Opera National Competition judges suggested that she perform as a
soprano instead, and returned to the
Pavarotti Competition in 1985 and won. Debut in Philadelphia as Mimi in La Bohème APR 1986. La Scala debut in Luisa Miller. MET Opera Début 8 MAR 1989, [Mimi] La
Bohème, 4 seasons (1988-91, 93-94) 14 perf., 3 works.
1965 Death of Scottish composer, conductor and pianist Erik Chisholm in Rundebosch, S Africa. b-Glasgow, 4 JAN 1904.
1969 Death of American soprano Lenora SPARKS aka Jackson. b-Erie, PA 1879. MET Opera Début, 16 NOV 1908. [Priestess] Aida, 16 seasons (1908-22, 23-24, 25-260 622 perf., 45
roles, 39 works. Created Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica (Puccini).
1971 Death of American bass-baritone Julius Huehn. b-Revere, MA 12 JAN 1904. Debut as Kurwenal in Tristan & Isolde (Wagner) 1934. Teachers were Louis Bachner, Anne Schoen-Rene. Pupil was Philip Booth.
1974 FP of Henry Brant's An American Requiem in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
1984 Death of English composer Gordon Jacob in Saffron Walden. b-London, 5 JUL 1895.
1998 Death of German-American composer Margaret Buechner in Midland, MI. b-Germany, 1922.