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Today in classical music history August 6

Barbara STROZZI

  • 1619 Birth of Italian composer and singer Barbara STROZZI in Venice. d-Venice, c.1665.



  • 1651 Birth of composer Johann Michael Zacher



  • 1664 Birth of composer Johann Christoph Schmidt



  • 1665 Birth of composer Jean-Baptiste Lully



  • 1748 Birth of composer Bernhard Haltenberger



  • 1765 FP of HASSE: "Romolo ed Ersilia" Innsbruck (1765).



  • 1810 Birth of Giorgio Ronconi Baritone Born 6 Aug 1810 Milan Died 8 Jan 1890 Debut as Valdeburgo in Straniera (Bellini) 1831 Teachers, Domenico Ronconi (father) Pupils, Catherine Hayes, Ferdinand Sieber, Lorenzo Abrunedo Created Nabucco in Nabucco (Verdi) Don Pedro in Maria Padilla (Donizetti) Cardenio in Furioso all'Isola di San Domingo (Donizetti) Torquato Tasso in Torquato Tasso (Donizetti) Enrico in Campanello di Notte (Donizetti) Nello in Pia di Tolomei (Donizetti) Corrado di Waldorff in Maria Rudenz (Donizetti) Enrico of Chevreuse in Maria di Rohan (Donizetti) Memmo in Francesca Donato (Donizetti)



  • 1816 Death of Carl Frieberth Tenor Born 7 Jun 1736 Wullersdorf Austria Died 6 Aug 1816 Pupil, Benedikt Schack Sang in premiere of Infedelta Delusa (Haydn) 1773



  • 1848 Death of Nicola Vaccai Composer / Teacher of Singing Born 15 Mar 1790 Tolentino Died 6 Aug 1848 Pupils, Marianna Barbieri-Nini, Eliza Biscaccianti Sang in premiere in Pietro il Grande (Vaccai)



  • 1858 Birth of composer Albert Fuchs musicanet bio



  • 1860 Birth of FRONTINI: Francesco Paolo (com/opera) (1860-1939) It. b. Catania, Aug. 6, 1860; d. Catania, July 28, 1939:



  • 1873 Birth of American composer Mary Louise CARR in Memphis, TN. d-Inglewood, CA 9 JAN 1957.



  • 1873 Birth of composer John Wesley Work



  • 1875 Birth of composer Marcel Labey



  • 1876 Birth of Bok, Mary Louise Curtis (Patroness of music) (1876-1970) U.S. b. Boston, Aug. 6, 1876; d. Philadelphia, Jan. 4. 1970; Established in Philadelphia the Curtis Inst. of Music (1943), she married Efrem Zimbalist (violinist/com/opera) (1889-1985) Russ-born/U.S. cit.



  • 1886 Birth of American composer Edward BALLANTINE. d-1971. Taught Walter Piston. Works list.



  • 1888 Birth of Schlusnus, Heinrich (b) (1888-1952) Ger. (64) b. Braubach, Aug. 6, 1888; d. Frankfurt, June 18, 1952. Debut as Herald in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1915 Teacher, Louis Bachner Pupil, Kurt Gerster



  • 1883 Birth of composer Francesco Santoliquido



  • 1886 Birth of composer Edward Ballantine



  • 1889 Birth of Berthon, Mireille (s) b. Aug. 6, 1889; d-16 Jan 1955 Debut as Thais in Thais (Massenet) 1917 Teachers, Louise Grand-Jean, Hettich, Angelica Pandolfini, Albert Saleza



  • 1891 Death of French composer and pianist Henry Charles Litolff in Colombes. b-London, 6 FEB 1818.



  • 1892 Death of Benedetto Rosamunda Pisaroni Mezzo-Soprano Born 16 May 1793 Piacenza Died 6 Aug 1892 Debut in Rosa Bianca (Mayr) 1811 Teachers, Lodovico Marchesi, Moschini, Gasparo Pacchiarotti, Pino Giovanni Battista Vellutti Created Romilda in Romilda e Costanza (Meyerbeer) Almanzor in Esule di Granata (Meyerbeer) Malcolm in Donna del Lago (Rossini) Andromache in Ermione (Rossini) Zomira in Ricciardo e Zoraide (Rossini) Lotario in Eufemio di Messina (Carafa) Adolfo in Sonnambula (Carafa) Lauso in Antigona e Lauso (Pacini) Serse in Temistocle (Pacini) Dejanira in Apoteosi D'Ercole (Mercadante) Argire in Amici di Saracusa (Mercadante) Sang in premiere of Romito di Provenza (Generali) Nozze di Lammermoor (Carafa)



  • 1892 Death of Hans Heinz Teacher / Teacher of Singing Born 1904 Vienna. Pupils, Richard Cassily, Clamma Dale, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Leo Goeke Gwendolyn Killebrew, John Sandor, Arthur Thompson, Alan Titus Tatiana Troyanos, Patricia Wells, Rosalind Elias, Evelyn Mandac Shakeh Vartenissian, Sheri Greenawald



  • 1896 Birth of American composer Cyril MOCKRIDGE. d-1979.



  • 1902 Birth of Klose, Margarete (m/s) (1902-1968) Ger. (66) b. Berlin, Aug. 6, 1902; d. Berlin, Dec. 14, 1968: She studied in Berlin, her debut was as the gypsy girl [Manja] Gräfin Maritza, Ulm (1927); Klose was engaged by the operawher she sang an astonishing variety of roles, including operetta. Mannheim 1928-31; she sang the big mezzo and contralto roles; Berlin [Azucena]. (1931-49); CG, 1935, 1937; San Francisco. (1953). In 1936, she made her début at the Bayreuth Festival where she sang all the great roles of her vocal category. She also sang the Italian repertoire [Eboli, Amneris, Ulrica]. In 1961, she made her farewell appearance and started giving vocal tuition. She held master classes every summer in the Salzburg Mozarteum.



  • 1902 Birth of composer Michal Vilec



  • 1905 Birth of Allers, Franz (con/opera) (90) b. 1905; d. Jan. 26, 1995: MET: Début: Nov. 30, 1963, Die Fledermaus, 9 seasons (1963-69, 70-72, 75- 76) 72 perf., 7 works.



  • 1908 Birth of composer Svend Erik Tarp



  • 1908 Birth of composer George Singer



  • 1910 Birth of composer Friedrich Schroder



  • 1911 Birth of Mascherini, Enzo (b) (1911-1981) It. (70) b. Florence, Aug. 6, 1911; d. July 29, 1981: MET: Début: Dec. 7, 1949 [Marcello] La Bohème, 1season (1949-50) 7 perf., 5 works.



  • 1914 Birth of Peter, Albrecht (bs) Ger. Nuremberg. Sang in premiere of Sim Tjong (Yun Isang)



  • 1922 Death of Virginia Boccabadati Soprano / Teacher of Singing Born 29 Apr 1828 Died 6 Aug 1922 Debut as Linda in Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti) 1847 Pupils, Celestina Boninsegna, Maria De Macchi, Giulio Grisi, Elisa Petri Sofia Scalchi, Maria Farneti Sang in premiere of Demente (Marchetti)



  • 1925 Birth of composer Leland Smith



  • 1929 Birth of Warfield, Sandra (m/s) U.S. b. Kansas City, Aug. 6, 1929; MET: Début: Nov. 20, 1953 [Peasant] Le Nozze di Figaro, 7 seasons (1953- 57, 65-66, 67-68, 71-72) 173 perf., 21 roles, 18 works. Debut as Marcellina in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1955 Teachers, Marcello Conati, Joyce McLean, Elsa Seyfert Created Katerina in Greek Passion (Martinu)



  • 1930 Birth of Wilson, Dolores (s) b. Philadelphia, Aug. 6, 1930; Created Baby Doe Central City. MET: Début Feb. 8, 1954 [Lucia] Lucia di Lammermoor, 6 seasons (1953-59) 26 perf., 6 works.



  • 1935 Birth of James Benjamin Davis Bass Born 6 Aug 1935 Louisville Kentucky Debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1961 Teachers, Franz Proschowski, Ruth Pinkerton, John Harris



  • 1938 Birth of Antigone Sgourda Soprano Born 6 Aug 1938 Athens Teacher, Josef Witt



  • 1940 Birth of Claude Meloni Baritone Born 6 Aug 1940 Marseille Debut as Nicklausse in Contes D'Hoffmann (Offenbach) Sang in premiere of H.H. Ulysee (Prodromides) Comme il vous plaira (Hasquenoph)



  • 1941 Birth of American multimedia composer Sorell HAYS in Memphis, TN. aka Doris Ernestine Hays



  • 1946 FP in USAmerica of B. Britten's opera Peter Grimes at Berkshire Music Center, Tangelwood. Leonard Bernstein conducting.



  • 1947 FP of H. Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8. Conducted by the composer in Rome.



  • 1947 FP of Von Einem's opera Dantons Tod 'The Death of Danton' at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.



  • 1948 Birth of Esham, Faith (m/s/s) U.S. b. Vanceburg, KY, Aug. 6, 1948: MET: Dec. 27, 1986 [Marzelline] Fidelio, 1 season (1986-87) 1 perf., 1 work. Debut as Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1977 Teachers, Adele Addison, Beverley Johnson, Jennie Tourel, Vasile Venettozzi Created Otane in Joruri (Miki)



  • 1962 Birth of American composer Elizabeth ALEXANDER.



  • 1962 Death of Marthe Nespoulous Soprano Born 1 May 1894 Died 6 Aug 1962 Debut as Babylonian in Herodaide (Massenet) 1923 Teacher, Mme Billa-Azema Pupils, Jean-Louis Soumagnas, Claude Cales



  • 1966 Death of Francesco Cigada Baritone Born 1878 Bergamo Died 6 Aug 1966 Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1900 Teacher, Vincenzo Sabatini Created Giovanni Lo Sciancato in Francesco da Rimini (Zandonai) Sang in premiere of Nave (Montemezzi) Ghismonda (Bianchi) Urania (Faverin)



  • 1966 FP of H. W. Henze's Die Bassariden based on Euripides' play The Bacchae, at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.



  • 1967 FP of W. Piston's Clarinet Concerto, at the Fifth Congregation of the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.



  • 1970 Death of German-born American composer Ingolf Dahl, at age 68, in Frutigen, Switzerland.



  • 1974 Death of Robert Rounseville Tenor Born 25 Mar 1914 Attleboro Mass Died 6 Aug 1974 Debut as Pelleas as Pelleas et Melisande (Debussy) 1948 Teacher, William Hermann Created Tom Rakewell in Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) Channon in Dybbuk (Tamkin)



  • 1980 Birth of American composer Matthew LOGAN in Jacksonville, FL.



  • 1988 FP of Ned Rorem's Bright Music for flute, two violins, cello and piano, by the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Associates at Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY.



  • 2000 FP of Joan Tower's Big Sky for piano trio, at a SummerFest concert featuring Chee-Yun, violin; David Finckel, cello; and Wu Han, piano, in LaJolla, CA.

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