Today in Soprano History

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 154

  • 1600-09-05 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, born in Spoleto (d. 1670) baptismal date
  • 1798-04-09 Giuditta Pasta, [Negri], soprano
  • 1806-01-03 Henriette Sontag, German soprano (d. 1854)
  • 1820-10-06 Jenny Lind, Swedish soprano (d. 1887)
  • 1821-07-18 Pauline Garcia-Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer (d. 1910)
  • 1840-10-30 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano
  • 1841-04-25 Pauline Lucca, soprano
  • 1843-02-19 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1847-11-01 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (d. 1930)
  • 1850-12-09 Emma Abbott, American soprano (d. 1891)
  • 1868-01-27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera)
  • 1872-11-29 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director
  • 1873-07-17 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • 1874-02-16 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • 1874-12-25 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1877-06-14 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano (d. 1970)
  • 1880-10-06 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • 1882-02-28 Geraldine Farrar, US soprano/actress (Story of American Singer)
  • 1882-11-18 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italy, operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds)
  • 1888-02-27 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1892-03-10 Eva Turner, British soprano
  • 1892-10-12 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano (d. 1975)
  • 1894-03-26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1895-07-12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner)
  • 1898-03-06 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Mattheus Passion)
  • 1898-12-05 Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
  • 1899-06-16 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1900-06-22 Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1900-08-05 Bodi Rapp, [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano/teacher
  • 1900-10-19 Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • 1900-12-25 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1906-02-09 Gwen Catley, British(?) soprano
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (d. 1989)
  • 1907-02-20 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • 1907-09-23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1908-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
  • 1909-01-09 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1909-07-22 Licia Albanese, American operatic soprano (NY Met Opera), born in Bari, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1910-03-25 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano
  • 1910-04-18 Sylvia Fisher, soprano (Albert Herring Opera)
  • 1910-07-06 Dorothy Kirsten, soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1910-09-03 Dorothy Maynor, Norfolk Va, soprano/founder (Harlem School of Arts)
  • 1911-03-31 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • 1912-05-01 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • 1912-05-24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1912-06-19 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1913-07-10 Ljuba Welitsch, Borisovo, Bulgaria, opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci)
  • 1915-12-09 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin Germ, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • 1916-07-17 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1918-04-25 Astrid Varnay, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1918-05-17 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • 1919-09-19 Blanche Thebom, Monessen Penn, mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida)
  • 1919-09-30 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, Danville, Virginia, operatic soprano, (d. 2012)
  • 1919-11-14 Lisa Otto, German soprano
  • 1920-02-13 Eileen Farrell, Willimantic Conn, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody)
  • 1921-11-09 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian soprano
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-01 Renata Tebaldi, lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1922-08-30 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1922-09-13 Yma Sumac, [Chavarri], Ichocan Peru, 5 octave soprano (Omar Khayyam)
  • 1923-11-01 Victoria de los Angeles, Spanish soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1923-12-02 Maria M Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924-05-06 Mimi Benzell, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1925-05-14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925-07-11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-08 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926-01-30 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (d. 2013)
  • 1926-05-06 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)
  • 1926-11-07 Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (Met Opera), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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1927-02-10 Leontyne Mary Violet Price, Laurel Miss, opera soprano (Porgy & Bess)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927-12-24 Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)
  • 1928-01-16 Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (d. 1996)
  • 1928-03-16 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928-06-21 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-11-14 Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)
  • 1929-05-25 Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-08-11 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen)
  • 1930-05-04 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930-05-08 Heather Harper, soprano
  • 1931-03-13 Rosalind Elias, Lowell Mass, mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere)
  • 1931-04-06 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American soprano
  • 1932-02-29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1932-06-27 Anna Moffo, Wayne Penn, US soprano (Adventurers)
  • 1933-02-08 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • 1933-02-18 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano
  • 1933-08-21 Janet Baker, York England, mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave)
  • 1934-01-16 Marilyn Horne, Bradford, Pa, mezzo-soprano
  • 1934-02-24 Renata Scotto, Savona, Italy, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata)
  • 1935-02-27 Mirella Freni, Modena Italy, lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly)
  • 1935-03-12 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome, Lulu)
  • 1935-03-16 Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano
  • 1935-10-05 Arlene Saunders, American soprano
  • 1936-06-19 Marisa Galvany, American soprano

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1937-01-04 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1889-09-06 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzosoprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate
Fridtjof Nansen

HeartWedding of Interest

1952-08-31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Deaths in Music

  • 1670-04-23 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, dies at 69
  • 1865-04-01 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (b. 1797)
  • 1887-11-02 Jenny Lind, [Swedish Nightingale], soprano, dies at 67
  • 1889-06-27 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies
  • 1891-01-05 Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  • 1919-09-27 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1929-05-16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • 1930-04-03 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • 1931-02-23 Nellie Melba, [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
  • 1935-10-04 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1942-01-06 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1944-02-07 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1947-01-26 Grace Moore, American soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1947-02-03 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1950-05-26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • 1961-01-11 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • 1961-12-16 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer/primadonna, dies at 93
  • 1962-12-07 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1963-11-26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano, dies
  • 1965-01-14 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • 1967-03-11 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1969-07-07 Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • 1970-10-13 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • 1972-07-28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • 1975-07-05 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano (b. 1892)
  • 1976-02-13 Lily Pons, French/US soprano/opera diva (Met Opera), dies at 71
  • 1976-08-26 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, More than singing), dies at 88
  • 1979-01-13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1985-10-22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • 1986-11-06 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • 1989-11-28 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • 1990-06-14 Erna Berger, German soprano (b. 1900)
  • 1990-06-16 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • 1990-10-03 Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • 1992-11-18 Dorothy Kirsten, US soprano, dies from stroke at 82
  • 1993-11-16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1994-02-09 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994-03-28 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994-05-31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • 1996-11-12 Gwen Catley, soprano, dies at 90
  • 1996-11-28 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • 1999-03-13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2004-12-04 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • 2004-12-19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 2005-01-10 Margherita Carosio, Italian soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2005-01-13 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2005-01-15 Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
  • 2005-03-04 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2005-11-05 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (b. 1912)
  • 2005-12-26 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2006-03-10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (b. 1932)
  • 2006-09-04 Astrid Varnay, Swedish-born soprano (b. 1918)
  • 2007-03-04 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2007-07-02 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • 2007-07-05 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • 2008-05-10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • 2010-05-24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-10-10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-11-05 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2011-07-10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano (b. 1921)
  • 2012-01-29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2012-07-01 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012-08-02 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012-12-01 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • 2013-01-17 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86
  • 2014-08-15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • 2015-12-08 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2016-06-05 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94