1696 Birth of English composer and organist Maurice GREENE in
1 DEC 1755.
1751 Birth of composer Johann Baptist Lasser
1760 Death of Italian tenor Annibale Po Fabri. Born 1697 Bologna. Debut in Alarico Re Dei Gori (Bassani) 1697
Teacher, Francesco Antonio Pistocchi
Created Emilio in Partenope (Handel)
Alessandro il Grande in Poro Re Dell'Indie (Handel)
Berengario in Lotario (Handel)
1818 FP of GENERALI: "Il servo padrone" Parma (1818).
1859 FP of Grisar: "Voyage autour de ma chambre" Paris, 1859.
1875 Birth of Argentinian composer Héctor (Ettore) PANIZZA in Buenos Aires. d-Milan, 27 NOV 1967. MET: Début:
Dec. 22, 1934, Aida, 8 seasons, 304 perf., 28 works.
1875 Birth of Italian composer Mezio AGOSTINI in Fano. d. Apr. 22, 1944
1877 Formal date of Thomas Alva Edison patent on a device called a gramophone that records
sound. It becomes popular as the phonograph.
1880 Death of Eugenie Garcia Soprano
Born 1818 Paris Died 12 Aug 1880
Teacher, Manuel Garcia Jnr (husband)
Created Ester D'Engaddi in Ester D'Engaddi (Pacini)
1881 Birth of composer Vaclav Vackar
1885 Birth of composer Alexander Albrecht
1891 Birth of Spanish tenor Antonio Cortis, [Antonio Tomás Montón Corts] Onboard
a sailing ship between Algiers and Alicante. d.
Valencia, Apr. 2, 1952; His father had died a week previously.
Antonio entered the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, at the
age of 8, studying composition, violin and theory. In 1909, Cortis
entered the Municipal Conservatory and received vocal tuition. He
began with the chorus of the Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona (1911). In
1917, he toured South America as
[Arlecchino] opposite Caruso's Canio, in Pagliacci) Cortis claimed
that Caruso, after the South American tour, invited him to return to
New York with him. Cortis declined because of the birth of his
daughter Carmencita. He never had a teacher, except for Caruso who gave him advice. Naples (1919); Rome (1920); Buenos Aires (1924); San Francisco
(1925); La Scala (1930); CG (1931); his final appearance took place
at Zaragoza; Puccini: Tosca (1951).
Debut as Cassio in Otello (Verdi) 1912
Teachers, Nicolau, Daniel
Sang in the premiere of Petronio (Giovanetti)
Avapies (Del Campo)
1892 Birth of Polish soprano Maria OLSZEWSKA in Augsburg. d. Baden, Austria, May 17,
1969: MET: Début: Jan. 16, 1933 [Brangãna] Tristan und Isolde, 3
seasons (1932-35) 57 perf., 12 roles, 11 works. Debut as Page in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1915
Teacher, Karl Erler
Pupils, Josephine Veasey
Created Obscura in Prinzessin Auf Der Erbse (Fleck)
Brigitta in Tote Stadt (Korngold)
1897 Birth of Spanish, Catalan, composer Manuel BLANCAFORT in Barcelona. d-Barcelona, 1987.
1897 Birth of composer Ramon Gonzalez Barron
1900 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Coe Glade in Chicago Died 23 Sep 1985
Debut as Amneris in Aida (Verdi) 1926
Teacher, Homer More. OBIT
1900 Death of German bass-baritone Franz Betz. Born 19 Mar 1835 in Mainz.
Deb Heinrich in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1856
Pupil, Johannes Bischoff
Created Hans Sachs in Meistersingers (Wagner)
Judah in Maccabees (Rubinstein)
Wotan in Siegfried (Wagner)
1900 Birth of composer Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta
1901 Birth of American choral conductor Olaf C. CHRISTIANSEN in
Minneapolis. Son of Frederik Melius Christiansen, founder of St. Olaf Choir. d- Northfield MN, 12 APR 1984.
1910 Birth of Swiss composer Heinrich SUTERMEISTER in Feuerthalen. d-16 MAR 1995.
1910 Birth of German soprano Trude Eipperle, in Stuttgart.
1910 Birth of Alexei Khrivchenya Bass
Born 12 Aug 1910 Odessa Died 10 Mar 1974
Created Vershinin in Armoured Train (Kabalevsky)
1911 Birth of American music critic, writer, and lecturer Edward Thomas DOWNES in Roxbury, Ma nr
Boston. d-NYC, 26 DEC 2001. Was best known as host of the "Texaco Opera Quiz" heard during live Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, 1958-96. Ph.D. Harvard, professorship
of music Queens College, author of the New York Philharmonic program
notes. Son of Edwin Olin Downes (music critic).
(Not to be confused with English conductor Edward Thomas Downes).
1919 Birth of choreographer, dancer (It’s Always Fair Weather, Smile)
Michael KIDD (aka Milton Greenwald).
1922 First live broadcast of a concert by the New York Philharmonic on New York radio station WJZ. Broadcast from Lewisohn Stadium during the orchestra's summer series. Music by Dvorák, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Rimksy-Korsakov, Brahms, and Gluck. Conducted by Willem van Hoogstraten, the orchestra's regular summer-event director.
(1922 is sometimes noted as the birth date of American composer, pianist and conductor Lukas FOSS. He says the year of his birth is not documented, he has no birth certificate. Born in Berlin he came to NYC from Paris in 1937. Most sources indicate his birth as August 15, 1922)
1929 Birth of composer Joji Yuasa
1928 Death of Moravian (Czech) composer and folksong collector Leos Janacek in Ostrava,
Czechoslavakia at age 74. b-Moravia, 3 JUL 1854.
1932 Birth of composer Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky
1934 Birth of American tenor Edward Sooter, in Salina, KS. MET: Début:
May 25, 1979 [Tannhäuser] Tannhäuser, 9 seasons (1978-80, 81-88) 52
perf., 10 roles, 9 works.
1936 Birth of composer Gerard Masson
1938 Birth of Canadian mezzo-soprano Huguette Tourangeau, in Montreal. MET:
Début: Nov. 29, 1973 [Nicklause] Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 4 seasons
(1973-74, 75-78) 48 perf., 6 roles, 5 works. Debut Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro(Mozart) 1964
Teacher, Richard Bonynge, Ruzena Herlinger
1940 Birth of composer Alexander Yossifov
1940 Birth of soprano Dorothea Chryst
1942 Birth of English early music specialist David MUNROE. d-Buckinghamshire, 15 MAY
1942 Death of Pasquale Amato Baritone
Born 21 Mar 1878 Naples Died 12 Aug 1942
Debut as Germont in Traviata (Verdi) 1900
Teachers, Beniamino Carelli, Vincenzo Lombardi
Created Jack Rance in Fanciulla del West (Puccini)
Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano (Damrosch)
Napoleon Bonaparte in Madame Sans Gene (Giordano)
1944 Birth of German tenor, who sings rock, Peter HOFMANN in Marienband
Debut as Tamino in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1972