1874 Birth of Italian tenor Amadeo BASSI in Montespertoli, nr Florence , July 29, 1874; d. Florence, Jan. 15, 1949. MET: Début: Mar. 2, 1911 [Ramerrez] La Fanciulla del West, 1 seasons (1910-11) 3 perf., 1 role. Debut in Ruy Blas (Marchetti) 1897 Teacher, Pavesi Negri Pupils, Benvenuto Finelli, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Caroline Unger Created Chopin in Chopin (Orefice)
1886 Birth of baritone Apollo Granforte in Legnano, Verona. Died 10 June 1975 Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1913 Teachers, Guido Capocci, Nicola Guerrera Pupils, Raffeale Arie, Karel Berman, Miluse Dvorakova, LeylaGencer, Eduard Haken, Jaroslav Horacek, Jiri Joran Teodor Srubar, Stepanka Stepanova, Zdenek Svehla Giampietro Mastromei Created Menecrate in Nerone (Mascagni) Don Liborio in Matrero (Boero) Sang in premiere of Zingaro Ciece (Gazotti) Figlia del Re (Lualdi) Giulio Cesare (Malipiero) Caracciolo (Vittadini)
1887 Birth of German composer Rudi STEPHAN in Worms. d-Battle of Tarnopol, 29 SEP 1915.
1887 Birth of Hungarian born American operetta composer Sigmund ROMBERG in Nagykanizsa. Living in NYC from 1913. d-NYC, 9 NOV 1951.
1887 Birth of composer Rudi Stephan
1893 Birth of composer Arre Merikanto, Finnish composer (12-tones music)
1898 Birth of baritone Jules Bledsoe, in Waco. d. Hollywood, July 14, 1943. Teachers, Mme Bakkers, Parisotti.
1899 Birth of Austrian bass Ludwig WEBER in Vienna. d-Vienna, 1974. Debut as Fiorello in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1920 Teachers, Alfred Boruttau, Roller Pupils, Frederick Guthrie, Olivera Miljakovic, Hans Christian Created Holsteiner in Friedenstag (Strauss)
1900 (11 AUG?) Birth of Russian composer Alexander MOSOLOV in Kiev, Ukraine. d-Moscow, 11 JUL 1973.
1936 Birth of tenor Richard Van Vrooman, in Kansas City, MO. Debut as Lorenzo in Fra Diavolo (Auber) 1962 Teachers, Max Lorenz, Enzo Mascherini
1939 Birth of New Zealand composer Annea LOCKWOOD in Christchurch, New Zealand.
1942 Birth of Austrian baritone Bernd WEIKL in Austria, Vienna, July 29, 1942; MET: Début Dec. 22, 1977 [Wolfram] Tannhäuser, 9 seasons (1977-79, 80- 83, 88-90, 91-92, 95-96) 97 perf., 10 roles. Debut as Ottaker in Freischutz (Weber) 1968 Teacher, Ubaldo Gardini Created Ferdinand in Kabale und Liebe (Von Einem)
1963 Birth of Russian Mezzo-Soprano Olga BORODINA in Minsk, July 29, 1963; Studied at Leningrad, member of the Kirov O from 1987. Appearances: Paris, London, CG. MET: Début: June 13, 1997 [Marguerite] La Damnation de Faust, 4 seasons as of 2000, 1996-00) 35 perf. 5 roles, 6 works.
1970 Death of Heinz Sauerbaum Tenor Born 16 Dec 1913 Rauschen Died 29 July 1970 Debut 1938 Sang in premiere of Pallas Athene Weint (Krenek)
1970 Death of Oda Slobodskaya Soprano Born 28 Nov 1888 Petrograd Died 29 July 1970 Debut as Lisa in Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky) 1918 Teacher :- Natalia Iretskaya Pupils :- Ann Collins, Yvonne Fuller Created Parasha in Mavra (Stravinsky)
1970 Death of British conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli in London. b-London, 2 DEC 1899.
1976 Death of Kline, Olive [aka: Alice Green] (s) (1885-1976) U.S. (91) b. New York State, 1885; d. Kale George, NY, July 29, 1976: She began her career as an oratorio and church singer and never abandoned these activities. It was a time when Victor needed singers, and Kline's voice was acoustic horn friendly. From 1912, she was a stalwart of the Victor company, providing her voice whenever it was required, ballads, pop songs and singing under several different names, and filling in whenever an extra voice was needed in an operatic ensemble. She provided the offstage voice of [Ducinée] in Chaliapin's famous two-sided 78-rpm discs of Don Quichotte's death, from Massenet's opera.
1981 Death of Enzo Mascherini Baritone Born 1911 Florence Died 29 July 1981 Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1937 Teachers:- Titta Ruffo, Riccardo Stracciari Pupils :- Norman Mittelmann, Richard Van Vrooman, Elfego Esparza Alexander Malta