1878 Birth of Italian tenor Edoardo FERRARI-FONTANA in Rome. Wagner
specialist. d-Toronto, 4 JUL 1936. MET Opera Début 2 JAN 1914
[Avito] L'Amore dei Tre Re, 2 seasons (1913-15) 11 perf., 1 work. Debut as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) 1909. Teacher was Riccardo Stracciari. Created Avito in Amore dei Tre Re (Montemezzi).
1881 Death of tenor Oscar Arnoldson. b-1830. Father
of soprano Sigrid Arnoldson.
1906 Death of Russian baritone Ivan Melnikov. b-St Petersburg, 4 MAR 1832. Debut as Riccardo in Puritani (Bellini) 1867. Teachers were Lomakin, Repetto. Created Prince Igor in Prince Igor (Borodin). Boris Godounov in Boris Godounov (Mussorgsky). Demon in Demon (Rubinstein). Prince Nikita Kurlyatev in Enchantress (Tchaikovsky). William Ratcliff in William Ratcliff (Cui). Kalenik in May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov). Vyazminsky in Oprichnik (Tchakovsky).
1907 Birth of composer Kishio Hirao
1911 FP of Riccitelli's "Maria sul Monte" Milan.
1912 Birth of German soprano Christel GOLTZ in Dortmund. MET Opera Début
15 DEC 1954 [Salome] Salome, 1 season (19 54-55) 6 perf., 1 work. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1935. Teachers were Ornelli-Leeb, Theodor Schenk
Created Penelope in Penelope (Liebermann). Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Sutermeister).
1951 Birth of German baritone Matthias HOLLE in Rottwell. MET Opera Début 22 FEB 1985 [Watchman] Die Meistersinger, 3 seasons (1984-85, 86-87, 92-
93) 19 Perf., 4 works.
1952 Death of Italian soprano Medea Mei Figner. b-Florence, 4 APR 1858. Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) 1875. Teachers were Elidoro Bianchi, Carlotta Carozzi-Zucchi, Heinrich Panofka. Pupil were Lydia Figner-Gerard (daughter). Created Iolanta in Iolanta (Tchaikovsky). Masha in Dubrovsky (Napravnik). Lisa in Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky). Sang in FP of Francesca da Rimini (Napravnik).
1953 Birth of Chinese composer ZHOU LONG in Beijing.
1954 Birth of Chinese avant garde composer GE GAN-RU in Shanghai.
1961 Death of Spanish composer Julian Bautista in Buenos Aires. b-Madrid, 21 APR 1901.
1962 Death of Italian mezzo-soprano Gabriella Besanzoni. bRome, 20 NOV 1890. Debut as Adalgisa in Norma (Bellini) 1911. Teachers were Hilde Brizzi, Alessandro Maggi. Pupils were Paulo Fortes, Heloisa De Albuquerque. Sang in FP of Jorgen de Danemark (Challan). Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai). Jacquerie (Marinuzzi).
1963 Birth of English soprano Susan CHILCOTT in Bristol. d-Timsbury, 4 SEP 2003 from Breast Cancer. Début Scottish Opera
(1991); she appeared at Glyndebourne and sung with the English
National Opera, the Welsh National Opera and Opera North. U.S. début
Santa Fe [Donna Elvira] (1996); Cincinnati (1999); Royal Opera House
[Lisa] Queen of Spades, w/ Placido Domingo (2002). MET: Début
[Helena] A Midsummer Night's Dream (Apr. 2003).