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  • 1633 Birth of composer Joseph de La Barre
  • 1669 FP of Draghi's "Achille in Sciro" Vienna.
  • 1671 Birth of composer Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia
  • 1680 Birth of composer Frederich Karl Erbach
  • 1690 Death of Italian composer Giovanni LEGRENZI. b-1626.
  • 1720 Pieta school buys twenty works by Vivaldi.
  • 1720 Birth of composer Antonio Corbisiero
  • 1722 Birth of composer Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle
  • 1735 FP of Duni's "Nerone" Rome.
  • 1739 FP of Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera-ballet Les Fêtes d'Hébé in Paris.
  • 1740 Birth of Italian castrato Gasparo PACCHIEROTTI in Ancona. d-28 OCT 1821. Debut in Achille in Sciro (Gasmann) 1766. Teacher was Ferdinand Bertoni. Pupils were Francesca Festa, Benedetta Rosamunda Pisaroni. Created Julius Sabinus in Giulio Sabino (Sarti). Orestes in Ifigenia en Tauride (Jommelli). Sang in FP of Europa Riconosciuto (Salieri). Artaserse (Bertoni). Armida Abbandonata (Bertoni).
  • 1759 FP of M. Arne's "The Heiress or the Antigallican" London.
  • 1812 Death of Austrian composer, pianist and violinist Joseph Wolfl in London. b-Salzburg, 24 DEC 1773.
  • 1815 FP of Generali's "L'impostore" Milan.
  • 1825 FP of Herold's "Le Lapin blanc" Paris.
  • 1841 Birth of Welsh composer Joseph PARRY in Merthyr Tydfil. d-suburban Cardif, 17 FEB 1903.
  • 1842 Death of Austrian tenor Benno HABERL. b-Vienna 1875.
  • 1841 Birth of composer Joseph Parry
  • 1867 Birth of Belgian-born French conductor and composer Desire PAQUE in Liege. d-Bessancourt, north of Paris, 20 NOV 1939.
  • 1867 Death of Swedish soprano Signe Von Rappe. b-Stockholm, 24 SEP 1879. Debut as Pamina in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1906. Teachers were Therese Behr-Schnabel, Etelka Gerster, Thekla Hofer.
  • 1876 The founding of the Mendelssohn Glee Club in NYC.
  • 1879 Birth of Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Pablo Luna in Alhama de Aragon. d-Madrid, 28 JAN 1942. aka Pablo Luna y Carne
  • 1888 Birth of composer May Aufderheide
  • 1890 Birth of conductor Albert van Raalte, conductor AVRO-orchestra
  • 1890 Birth of American composer Harry TIERNEY in Perth Amboy, NJ. d-NYC, 1965.
  • 1891 FP of Cornelius and Lassen's "Gunlöd" unfinished it completed by Lassen, in Weimar.
  • 1892 FP of Leoncavallo's opera Il Pagliacci at Teatro dal Verme. Arturo Toscanini conducting in Milan. CD-Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
  • 1892 FP of Berutti's "La Vendetta" Vercelli.
  • 1895 Death of Austrian composer Franz von Suppé at age 76, in Vienna. b-Split, Croatia 18 APR 1819. Search  for Franz von Suppé
  • 1898 Birth of Czech composer and violinist Charles Haba
  • 1902 FP of "Orsola" with French baritone Jean Noté (1859-1922) as [Scopas].
  • 1905 Birth of composer Edward Lockspeiser
  • 1909 Birth of Italian bass Giulio NERI in Siena. d-Rome, 21 APR 1958. Debut 1935. Teacher was Ferraresi.
  • 1913 Birth of Greek pianist Gina BACHAUER in Athens. d - 22 AUG 1976. Search  for Gina BACHAUER
  • 1917 Birth of American entreprenur Edis de PHILIPPE in NYC. d-13 JUL 1978. Founder of the Israel National Opera, first perf., 1947, she served the company as singer, designer, and stage director.
  • 1920 FP of Fall's "Der goldene Vogel" Dresden.
  • 1924 Birth of American composer Robert PARRIS in Philadelphia. d-1999.
  • 1925 FP of Busoni's opera Doctor Faust in Dresden. Performed posthumosly as finished by Philip Jarnach. CD-Doctor Faust
  • 1926 Birth of English bass Forbes ROBINSON in Macclesfield. d-London, 13 MAY 1987. Debut as Monterone in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1954. Teachers were Hamilton Harris, Harry Shaw. Created Horaste in Troilus & Cressida (Walton). Priam in King Priam (Tippett). Black Jack in Beach of Falesa (Hoddinot).
  • 1926 Birth of composer Joseph Horovitz
  • 1926 Death of Russian composer Georgi Lvovitch Catoire in Moscow. b-Moscow, 27 APR 1861.
  • 1928 Birth of bass Karl-Christian KOHN in Losheim. Debut 1952. Teacher was Irene Eden. Created Mr White in Verlobung in San Domingo (Egk). Sang in FP of Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze). Aucassin und Nicolette (Bialas Gunther).
  • 1929 Birth of American pianist Charles WADSWORTH in Barnesville, GA.
  • 1929 FP of George Auric´s Les Enchantments a’alcine in Paris.
  • 1931 Death of Spanish soprano Ofelia Nieto. b-Santiago de Compastela, 18 MAR 1898. Debut in FP of Maruxa (Vives). Teacher was Lorenzo Simonetti. Created Matilde in Esclava (Mauri). Sang in premiere of Caminate (Sanchez de Fuentes). El Avapies (Del Campo).
  • 1932 FP of English pianist, composer and conductor Robert Sherlaw JOHNSON in Sunderland. Opera, "The Lambton Worm" (1975).
  • 1933 Birth of Swedish conductor Ulf BJORLIN in Stockholm. d-of leukemia, 23 OCT 1993. Father of actress Nadia and supermodel Kamilla.
  • 1933 Birth of French trumpeter Maurice ANDRE.
  • 1939 Birth of Swiss oboist and composer Heinz HOLLIGER in Langenthal. Chamber opera, "Come and Go/Va et vien/Kammen und Gehen" (Hamburg, 1978); "Not I" (Avigon, 19800; "What Where" (Frankfurt, 1989).
  • 1949 Birth of English soprano Rosalind PLOWRIGHT in Worksop. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1975. Teachers were Roberto Benaglio, Frederick Cox, Erich Vietheer.
  • 1956 FP of Vincent Perischetti's Piano Sonata No. 7, at the Philadelphia Conservatory, with pianist Robert Smith.
  • 1957 Birth of French-Canadian composer Linda BOUCHARD.
  • 1960 Birth of Dutch composer Christiaan de Jong in Rotterdam.
  • 1962 FP of Karlheinze Stockhausen's Momente for soprano, choruses, and instruments, in Cologne.
  • 1964 Birth of American composer Lansing McLOSKEY in Mountain View, CA.
  • 1968 Death of Italian conductor Arturo BASILE in an automobile acciudent. b-Syracyse, Sicily, 1914.
  • 1970 Birth of composer Karen Amanda AMRHEIN.
  • 1975 FP of William Bergsma´s In Space in Seattle, WA.
  • 1980 Death of French tenor Marcel Marcel-Genio. b-Paris, 7 MAY 1899. Teachers were Andree Gresse, Thomas Selignac.
  • 1980 FP of Jacob Druckman's Prism for orchestra. Baltimore Symphony, Sergiu Commissiona conducting. CD-Earquake
  • 1983 Death of Norwegian composer Finn Einar Mortensen in Oslo. b-Oslo, 6 JAN 1922.
  • 1983 FP of Dave Brubeck´s Pange Lingua Variations for chorus, jazz quartet, and orchestra, with Russell Gloyd conducting, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, CA.
  • 1987 FP of Harrison Birtwistle's opera The Mask of Orpheus. English National Opera, Elgar Howarth and Paul Daniel conducting at the London Coliseum.
  • 2000 FP of Bruce Adolphe's Tyrannosaurus Sue 'A Cretaceous Concerto' with the Chicago Chamber Players at the Field Museum in Chicago. CD-Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto
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