1828 Birth of Belgian composer, organist, musicologist and conductor Francois Auguste GEVAERT in Huysse. d-Brussels, 24 DEC 1908. Director Brussels Conservatory 1870 to 1907. Edited ancient music, wrote an organ method and a treatise on instrumentation. Composed the national anthem for the Belgian Congo. Edited the Haydn D-Major Cello Concerto in 1890.
1830 Birth of Czech teacher, conductor and composer Frantisek SKUHERSKY.
1845 Adolph Sax inventor of the saxophone sells his instrument to French Army Bands.
1856 Death of tenor and singing coach Giulio Marco Bordogni. Born 23 Nov 1789 in Gazzaniga. Debut as Argirio in Tancredi (Rossini) 1813 Teacher, J S Mayr Pupils, Jeanne Anais Castellan, Laure Cinti-Damoreau, Sofia Cruvelli Julie Aimee Dorus-Gras, Marie Cornelie Falcon, Giovanni Mario Heinrich Panofka, Sims Reeves, Hermine Rudersdorff Henrietta Sontag, Leon Achard, Anna La Grange, Anna Thillon William Balfe, Anna Kerr, Johanna Wagner Created Libenskof in Viaggio a Reims (Rossini)
1856 FP of Offenbach: "Le"66" Paris (1856).
1863 Birth of American music critic and writer Richard ALDRICH.
1869 FP of Offenbach: "La Princesse de Trébizonde" Baden-Baden (1869); rev. Dec. 7, 1869.
1879 Birth of American bass Donald Chalmers, in Pennsylvania. d. Wannamassa, NJ, May 16, 1937.
1885 Birth of baritone Aristide Baracchi, in Reggio Emiliad. d-Aug. 28, 1964. MET: Début: Apr. 24, 1909 [Guard] Manon, 2 seasons (1908- 10) 22 perf., 3 roles. Created Slave Admonisher in Nerone (Boito) Mandarin in Turandot (Puccini) Vinicio in Nerone (Mascagni) Guardian of Fire & 4th Shepherd in Maria D'Allessandria (Ghedini) Sang in FP of Cena delle Beffe (Giordano) Diavolo el Campanile (Lualdi) Fra Gherardo (Pizzetti) Bella e il Monstro (Ferrari-Fontana) Delitto e Castigo (Pedrollo)
1886 Death of Hungarian composer Franz LISZT at age 74 in Bayreuth. b-Doborján, 22 OCT 1811.
1887 Birth of German soprano Claire Schulthess, in La Fertésous-Jouarre.
1893 Birth of composer Charles Wilfred Orr.
1894 Birth of German composer Heinz Bongartz, in Krefeld. d. 1974.
1894 FP of EDWARDS: "Madeleine" New York (1894).
1896 Birth of Romanian tenor Nicu Apostolescu, in Braila, July 31, 1896. Debut as Amonasro in Aida (Verdi) 1921 Teacher, Dimiter Popovici
1900 Birth of composer Erich Katz
1911 Birth of violinist and conductor George LIBERACE, administrator of Liberace Museum was brother of pianist/entertainer Liberace. d-16 OCT 1983.
1918 Birth of American musicologist Jan LA RUE in Sumatra of American parents. His father a botanist working on rubber plants. President of American Musicologist Assn, 1966-68. Prepared many thematic catalogs.
1919 Birth of English conductor Norman DEL MAR in London. d-6 FEB 1994.
1939 Birth of English conductor and pianist Steuart BEDFORD in London, July 31, 1939; MET: Début: Oct. 18, 1974, Death in Venice, 4 seasons (1974-77, 96-97) 39 perf., 3 works.
1940 Death of German soprano Lucie Weidt, in Bohemia (Silesia) in 1876 or 79. She sang at Paris, La Scala, Buenos Aires, Vienna and the MET Opera. Studied in Vienna and made her operatic début at Leipzig [Elisabeth] Tannhäuser (1900); and her début rôle (1902). The [Marschallin] and [Kundry] were generally regarded as her finest interpretations. In 1919, she created to role of "The Nurse" [Amme] Die Frau ohne Schatten. After her retirement, she taught in Vienna and resided there till her death. Gustav Mahler was a great admirer. MET Opera Début, Nov. 18, 1910 [Brünnhilde] Die Walküre, 1 season (1910-11) 10 perf., 3 works. Debut 1900 Teacher, Heinrich Weidt (father), Rosa Paper-Paumgartner Created Nurse in Frau Ohne Schatten (Strauss)
1989 Death of Italian baritone Piero Guelfi. Born 1914 in Genoa. Created Dionysus in Baccanti (Ghedini) Sempronio in Celestina (Testi) Satin in Albergo dei Poveri (Testi) Sang in premiere of Allegra Brigata (Malipiero) Stirpe di Davide (Mannino) Misteri Gloriosi (Cattozzo)
1989 Death of baritone Horst Lunow. Born 1929 in Schwerm. Sang in premiere of Tagebuch eines Irren (Searle) Fiesta (Milhaud)
1992 Death of tenor Pietro Medici. Born 17 Jun 1914 Sassuolo Modena 31 July 1992 Debut in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) Jan 1937 Teacher, Emilio Piccioli
2003 Death of Austrian opera conductor Walter Taussig. b. Vienna, 1908.
2004 FP of Jennifer Higdon's Loco by the Chicago Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach conducting at the Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. Ravinia Centennial.