On This Day

Events in Music in 1887

Music Premiere

Feb 5 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy, Verdi's first new opera for over 15 years

Music History

May 2 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence

  • May 18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • May 25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

Music History

Oct 13 Australian soprano Nellie Melba makes her operatic debut as Gilda in "Rigoletto" at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels

  • Oct 31 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral work "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)