1822 Birth of soprano Anne Zerr in Baden Baden. Died 14 Nov 1881
Teacher, Giulio Bordogni
Created Catherine in Pietro il Grande (Jullien)
Lady Harriett in Martha (Flotow)
1833 (1836?) Birth of soprano Marie Geistinger, in Graz. d. Sep. 29, 1903. Created Rosalinde in Fledermaus (J Strauss)
Fantasca in Indigo (J Strauss)
Sang in the premiere of Carneval in Rom (J Strauss)
Cagliostro (J Strauss)
1852 FP of BALFE: "The Devil's in It" London (1852).
1856 Birth of dramatist, music critic and music writer George Bernard SHAW
in Dublin. d- 2 NOV 1950.
1863 Birth of Latvian composer and teacher Joseph WIHTOL. Founded Riga
Conservatory. d- 24 APR 1948.
1866 Birth of Italian opera composer Francesco CILEA in Palmi, Calabria. d-Varazze, 20 NOV 1950.
1871 Birth of tenor Andrei Labinsky in Kharkhiv. Died 8 Aug 1948. Debut in 1897
Teachers, Stanislaus Gabel, V M Samus
Created Vsevolod in Invisible City of Kitesh (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1874 (GC, JC=14 JUL) Birth of Russian-American conductor and double-bass player Serge KOUSSEVITZKY in Vishny Volotchok. In 1924, became conductor of Boston Symphony Orchestra. He
founded the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, MA in 1940. d-NYC, 4 JUN 1951.
1875 Birth of mezzo-soprano Maria Philippi in Mullheim. Died 16 June 1944. Debut 1901
Teachers, Julius Stockhausen, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Emil Hegar
Pupils, Lore Fischer, Walburga Wegner
1876 Birth of American composer, conductor and pianist Ernest SCHELLING in Belvidere, NJ.
1878 Birth of tenor Theodor Schutz in Prague. Died 28 Aug 1961
Debut as Jenik of Bartered Bride (Smetana)
1904 Birth of English conductor, musicologist and critic Jack Allan WESTRUP. Author
of a popular book on Henry Purcell.
1906 Birth of American soprano Ruby Mercer, in Athens, OH. d. Toronto, Jan. 26, 1999. Mercer became a soprano, radio host and
author. She studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory, and at
Juilliard. In 1937, she made her Canadian début with the Compagnie
d'opéra de Montréal. She also appeared on Broadway, and in the mid-
1940s, with Vancouver's Theatre Under the Stars. She became the
hostess of various radio programs including Opera Time, Opera in
Stereo and Saturday Night at the Opera. Mercer was active in the
opera field, she founded the magazine Opera Canada (1960), and the
Canadian Children's Opera Chorus (1968). She authored the
biographies, The Tenor of His Time (1976) and The Quilicos - Louis,
Gino and Lina (1990). MET: Début: May 8, 1937 [Marguerite] Faust,
2 seasons (1935-37) 4 perf., 2 works.
1906 Birth of composer Armando Jose Fernandes
1907 Birth of violinist Gioconda de Vito
1918 Birth of bass Bernhard Sonnerstadt in Norrhult, Sweden. Debut as Gremin in Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 1940
Teachers, Joel Berglund, Giuseppe De Luca, Dagmar Gustafson
1949 Birth of Irish composer Kevin VOLANS in Pietermaritsburg, South Africa.
1950 Birth of baritone Glenville Hargreaves in Bradford. Debut as Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1961
Teachers, Frederic Cox, Patrick McGuigan, Basil Smallman
Created Sir Charles Keighley & Judge in Tornrak (Metcalf)
1956 Death of Mexican composer Miguel Bernal-Jiménez in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. b-Morelia, 16 FEB 1910.
1965 Birth of Brazilian composer and guitarist Marcelo FORTUNA in Rio de Janeiro.