1740 FP of Thomas Arne's masque Alfred with Rule Britannia at Cliveden, Bucks.
1749 Birth of Irish tenor John Johnstone in Kilkenny. Died 26 Dec 1828. Debut as Lionel in Lionel and Clarissa (Dibdin) 1775. Created Dermot in Poor Soldier (Shield). Sang in the premiere of Woodman (Shield).
1779 Birth of American lawyer Francis Scott KEY. Author of the words of The Star-Spangled Banner to the tune of a British drinking song by John Stafford Smith. U.S. Congress voted on it as nation's anthem in 1931.
1824 Birth of composer Edward Francis Fitzwilliam
1831 Birth of Italian baritone and singing teacher Antonio Cotogni in Rome. d-15 Oct 1918. Debut as Belcore in Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti) 1852. Teachers were Faldi, Fontemaggi, Gioacchino Rossini. Pupils were Mario Basiola, Mattia Battistini, Augusto Beuf, Alfredo Cecchi, Guido Ciccolini, Giuseppe De Luca, Jean De Reszke, Dinh Gilly, Benvenuto Franci, Carlo Galeffi, Beniamino Gigli, Carmen Melis, Vladimir Kastorsky, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Virgilio Lazzari, Enrico Nani, Tadeusz Orda, Adolfo Pacini, Luigi Rossi-Morelli, Mariano Stabile, Ellison Van Hoose, Domenico Viglione-Borghese, Alfredo Costa, Henryk Dzerwiecki, Mario Cotogni, Julian Biel, Amanda Campodonico, Giuliano Romagnoli.
1840 Birth of composer Aldine Sillman Kieffer
1847 Birth of Italian violinist and teacher Guido PAPINI in Camagiore. d-London, 3 OCT 1912.
1848 Birth of Bohemian composer Frantisek KMOCH (ghMOSH), in Zasmuky, about ten miles from Kolín, Bohemia. d-1912.
1848 Birth of French bass Pierre Gailhard in Toulouse. d-12 Oct 1918. Debut as Falstaff in Songe D'une Nuit D'Ete (Thomas) 1867. Teacher was Revial. Pupil was Agustarello Affre. Created Richard in Jeanne D'Arc (Mermot). Simon in Reine Berthe (Joncieres). Guido in Francoise de Rimini (Thomas). Sang in the premiere of Reve D'Amour (Auber). Vert-Vert (Offenbach). Esclave (Membree)
1858 Birth of Austrian composer Hans ROTT aka Johann Carl Maria, in Vienna. d-Vienna, 25 JUN 1884.
1873 Birth of Belgian-American conductor, violinist and composer Henri VERBRUGGEN in Brussels. aka Henri VERBRUGGHEN. Was music director of the Minneapolis Symphony (Minnesota Orchestra) in 1923-32. Making first recordings and first radio performances. d-Northfield, MN 12 NOV 1934.
1871 Birth of composer Oskar Fried
1877 Birth of American pianist and teacher Angela DILLER in Brooklyn. d-Stamford, CT 30 APR 1968.
1882 Birth of composer Vaclav Klicka
1888 Birth of composer Vito Frazzi
1892 John Philip Sousa, at age 37, leaves the U.S. Marine Corps Band to form his own 100-piece marching band.
1898 Birth of Italian soprano Giuseppina Cobelli in Maderno. d-2 Sep 1948. Debut as Gioconda in Gioconda (Ponchielli) 1924. Teacher was G Benvenuti. Created Silvana in Fiamma (Respighi).
1899 Birth of German-American conductor William STEINBERG in Cologne. Pittsburgh Symphony 1952-1976. From 1964 through 1968 he was guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Then he became the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra until 1972. d-16 MAY 1978.
1913 Birth of American composer Jerome MOROSS in Brooklyn. d-Miami, FL 25 JUL 1983.
1914 Birth of American composer and photographer Jack DELANO. d-1997.
1917 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Lili CHOOKASIAN, in Chicago. Debut as Adelgisa in Norma (Bellini) 1959. Teachers were Philip Manuel, Rosa Ponselle, Ludwig Donath, Armen Boyajian. Created Mother in Ines de Castro (Pasatieri).
1926 Birth of German bass-baritone Theo Adam in Dresden. Debut as Hermit in Freischutz (Weber) 1949. Teacher was Rudolf Dietrich. Created Prospero in Uri Re in Ascolta (Berio).
1930 Birth of English musical composer Lionel BART in London. d-1999.
1931 Birth of Irish composer Sean O Raida, aka John Reidy, in Cork. d-London, 3 OCT 1971.
1931 Birth of Filipina soprano Fides Asensio in Lucena Philippines. Debut as Adele in Fledermaus (Strauss). Teacher was Dean Felicing. Pupils were Salmyeno Malaki, Andion Fernandez, Lemuel Cuento. Created Sisa in Noli me Tangere (De Leon). Grandmother Sakuro in Magic Staff (Tamura). Sang in premiere Mapulang Bituin (Santos). Pajaros' Bintii ng Kalayaan (Santos). Kasilag's Dularawan (Santos)
1931 Birth of Portugese tenor Nico Castel in Lisbon. Debut as Fenton in Falstaff (Verdi) 1958. Teachers were Julia Drobner, Carmen Hurtado, Mercedes Llopart. Pupil was Christiane Reimer. Created Brighella in Servant of Two Masters (Giannini). Young Man in Miss Julie (Rorem). Diaghilev in Madame Adoro (Silverman). Tom Tosser in Nine Rivers from Jordon (Weisgall).
1942 Birth of Swedish tenor Cleas Hakan Ahnsjo in Stockholm. Debut as Tamino in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1969. Teachers were Hanno Blaschke, Max Lorenz, Ester Ruhrseitz, Erik Saeden, Aksel Schiotz. Created Leo in Versuchung (Tal). Doctor in Roi Berenger (Sutermeister). Sang in the premiere in Ubu Rex (Penderecki).
1949 Birth of American composer Primous FOUNTAIN III in Chicago, IL.
1951 Birth of American composer Robin Julian HEIFETZ. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois.