On This Day in Music for December 23

Events in Music

  • 1893 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette premieres in Weimar, conducted by Richard Strauss
  • 1911 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" premieres at the Kurfürstenoper in Berlin, Germany, sung in German as "Der Schmuck der Madonna"
  • 1915 Jerome Kern and Schuyler Greene's musical farce "Very Good Eddie" premieres at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 341 performances
  • 1943 Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" becomes 1st complete opera to be telecast (WGRB, Schenectady, New York)
  • 1948 "Cinderella" the first full-length ballet by Frederick Ashton with music by Sergei Prokofiev is first presented by Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden, London
  • 1958 Musical revue "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden Yheater, NYC; runs for 38 performances
  • 1974 Dmitri Shostakovich' son cycle "Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1974 Revival of Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva, and Lew Brown's musical "Good News" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 16 performances
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Musicians Born on Dec 23

  • 1582 Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, born in Florence (d. 1663)
  • 1644 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, Spanish composer, born in Villarrobledo, Spain (d. 1728)
  • 1689 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French Baroque composer, one of the 1st to work without patrons, born in Thionville, France (d. 1755)
  • 1699 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, born in Colchester (d. 1788)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1979 American blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey; divorce in 1988
  • 2005 American "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 2013
  • 2005 Brazilian soccer player Kaká (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil; divorce in 2015

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