Today in Contralto History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1823-05-17 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, Englidh contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1873-02-01 Clara Butt, Southwick Sussex, contralto (Country of Hope & Glory)

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1897-02-27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1912-04-22 Kathleen Mary Ferrier, England, contralto (Orfeo Ed Evridice)
  • 1927-12-07 Helen Watts, British contralto
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec

Deaths in Music

  • 1885-02-18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • 1936-11-17 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)

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1993-04-08 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96