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1972-02-17 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1986-03-06 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • 1990-07-07 First Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome - recording of is world's best-selling classical record
  • 1994-07-16 3 tenors-Placid Domingo, Luciano Parvoti, Jose Carreras, perform in LA

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999-11-08 Tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his "Sacred Arias" album

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

Birthdays in Music

  • 1733-01-17 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1774-03-20 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1775-01-27 Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez Garcia, Spanish tenor/composer
  • 1840-10-05 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • 1850-01-14 Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
  • 1867-01-09 Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth)
  • 1867-09-07 Evan Williams, Mineral Ridge Ohio, oratorio tenor
  • 1873-02-25 Enrico Caruso, operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1873-08-18 Leo Slezak, Austria tenor/actor (Othello)
  • 1877-07-13 Karl Erb, German tenor
  • 1885-11-09 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor (d. 1952)
  • 1888-12-27 Tito Schipa, tenor/composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1890-03-20 Lauritz Melchior, Copenhagen Denmark, baritone tenor (National Symphony)
  • 1890-05-20 Beniamino Gigli, Italy, tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • 1892-05-16 Richard Tauber, [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor
  • 1892-05-22 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C)
  • 1898-04-09 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer
  • 1898-06-01 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1964)
  • 1900-01-07 John Brownlee, Australian tenor (d. 1969)
  • 1901-01-02 Torsten Ralf, Swedish tenor (Daphne)
  • 1902-06-26 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor
  • 1904-01-02 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 1904-03-04 Joseph Schmidt Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (d. 1942)
  • 1904-03-06 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian tenor (d. 1942)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904-11-21 Coleman Hawkins, virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz
  • 1906-04-08 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • 1906-04-13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1909-03-27 Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist
  • 1910-06-22 Peter Pears, Farnham England, tenor (Death in Venice)
  • 1911-02-02 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • 1911-04-28 Frans Vroons, actor/tenor/director (Neth Opera)
  • 1912-05-31 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • 1912-06-09 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • 1912-08-31 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker, [Reuben Ticker], Tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse France, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)
  • 1916-05-03 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (d. 2006)
  • 1916-07-27 Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player
  • 1917-05-21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • 1918-07-30 Joe Daley, jazz tenor/clarinet/flute player
  • 1918-08-17 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1921-01-07 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1921-05-04 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
  • 1921-07-24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor (d. 2008)
  • 1923-02-27 Dexter Gordon, US, tenor saxophonist/actor (Connection)
  • 1923-04-08 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen)
  • 1924-09-13 Harold Blair, Australian tenor, Aboriginal activist (d. 1976)
  • 1925-05-22 James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1925-07-11 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • 1926-01-01 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1926-04-01 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1926-07-02 Lee Allen, Pittsburg, Ks, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr Lee)
  • 1926-10-29 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1926-12-16 James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
  • 1927-02-02 Stan Getz, jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1927-05-31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1927-08-04 Jess Thomas, American tenor (d. 1993)
  • 1927-11-22 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor sax player
  • 1927-11-24 Alfred Kraus, Las Palmas Canary Islands, tenor (La Scala)
  • 1927-12-14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (d. 1998)
  • 1928-07-16 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (d. 1993)
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-11-05 Ottmar MA Fraai, Curacaos/Dutch tenor
  • 1930-09-26 Fritz Wunderlich, Kusel Germany, tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58)
  • 1931-05-19 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • 1931-09-28 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist
  • 1932-10-14 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1934-04-18 George Shirley, American tenor
  • 1935-07-29 Peter Schreier, Meissen Germany, tenor (Dresden State Opera 1961)

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1935-10-12 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, 3 Tenors), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2007)

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1937-11-20 René Kollo, German tenor
  • 1939-03-08 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1940-05-28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 1941-01-21 Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1941-02-03 Angelo D'Aleo, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941-11-06 James Bowman, English contratenor
  • 1943-02-09 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • 1943-02-14 Maceo Parker, US tenor saxophonist (King's One, Mo' Roots)
  • 1943-12-13 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (d. 2002)
  • 1944-08-12 Peter Hofmann, German tenor
  • 1944-12-11 Jon Garrison, American tenor
  • 1946-12-05 Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors)
  • 1948-09-12 Luis Lima, Argentinian tenor
  • 1953-08-24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist
  • 1958-06-17 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor

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1958-09-22 Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor (The Prayer), born in Lajatico, Italy

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

Weddings in Music

  • 1918-08-18 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-12-13 Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (68) weds Nicoletta Mantovani at Modena Italy's Teatro Comunale

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

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2014-03-21 Tenor Andrea Bocelli marries 2nd wife manager Veronica Berti

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
  • 2015-08-19 World famous tenor Russell Watson (48) weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain

Deaths in Music

  • 1341-06-19 Juliana van Falconieri, Italian saint/Swedish tenor, dies
  • 1795-11-19 Thomas Linley the elder, English musician and tenor, dies at 62
  • 1856-02-17 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, dies at 81
  • 1918-05-24 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor
  • 1921-01-12 Gervase Elwes, English tenor (b. 1866)
  • 1935-06-06 Jacques Urlus, tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth), dies at 68
  • 1946-01-07 Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)
  • 1948-01-08 Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • 1952-01-11 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor (b. 1885)
  • 1957-11-30 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (b. 1890)
  • 1958-07-13 Karl Erb, German tenor, dies on 81st birthday
  • 1960-09-09 Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (b. 1911)
  • 1961-04-21 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • 1963-01-16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1964-01-27 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • 1965-12-16 Tito Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • 1965-12-17 Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76
  • 1966-09-17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • 1969-01-10 John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • 1969-11-12 Louis van Tulder, tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • 1973-09-20 Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist, dies
  • 1974-01-13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1975-01-08 Richard Tucker, [Reuben Ticker], US tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • 1975-01-11 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • 1979-07-16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • 1981-07-19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • 1984-12-15 Jan Peerce, [Perelmuth], operatic tenor, dies at 80 following a stroke
  • 1986-04-03 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1988-04-30 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • 1988-05-22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • 1988-06-22 Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
  • 1991-05-15 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1991-12-12 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • 1992-05-17 Leonardo del Ferro, [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies
  • 1992-11-14 George Adams, US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies
  • 1993-03-27 Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1993-06-21 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (b. 1928)
  • 1993-10-11 Jess Thomas, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 1994-01-17 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994-02-28 Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player, dies at 77
  • 1994-03-05 Joe Daley, jazz tenor/clarinet/flute player, dies at 75
  • 1994-11-23 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 1995-04-19 "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • 1995-08-20 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist, dies at 63
  • 1995-11-23 Junior Walker, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996-01-04 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-05 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • 1996-08-01 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1997-01-10 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • 1998-01-30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 1999-09-10 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
  • 2002-03-18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • 2003-10-29 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering on stroke at 82
  • 2005-07-06 Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • 2005-08-21 Martin Dillon, tenor, American opera singer (b. 1957)
  • 2005-12-31 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)
  • 2006-08-24 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)
  • 2007-02-22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94

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2007-09-06 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, dies at 71

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2008-01-13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • 2010-11-30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • 2012-02-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • 2012-02-25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2015-07-10 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88
  • 2017-02-08 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91