On This Day

Events in Music on December 26

  • 1830 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan

Music Premiere

1833 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres at La Scala Teatro in Milan, Italy

  • 1871 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.

Music History

1879 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres

  • 1892 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)

Music History

1924 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as 'Baby Frances', makes her show business debut

Theater Premiere

1931 George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's musical political satire "Of Thee I Sing" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 441 performances, and becomes first musical to win Pulitzer Prize for Drama

  • 1936 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • 1946 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • 1946 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1947 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances

Music Premiere

1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

Music Premiere

1962 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow

  • 1963 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the US
  • 1964 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Radio History

1965 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Music History

1966 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London

  • 1967 BBC broadcasts The Beatles psychedelic travelogue "Magical Mystery Tour"
  • 1968 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • 1976 Richard Adler and Will Holt's musical "Music Is", based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest", starring Christopher Hewitt, and directed by George Abbott, closes at St James Theater, NYC after 8 performances
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
  • 1988 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances