Today in Bass-Baritone History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1873-02-13 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1898-04-09 Paul Robeson, American bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1909-01-19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1920-01-22 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), born in West Helena, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1920-05-30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • 1927-02-26 Donald Gramm, American bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1927-03-06 Norman Treigle, bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1928-08-29 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), born in San Saba, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1928-12-20 Charles Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1931-08-28 John Shirley-Quirk, British operatic bass-baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1933-03-23 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman), in Birmingham, England
  • 1934-10-22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1938-03-02 Simon Estes, American bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • 1940-08-25 José Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1942-11-27 Michael Devlin, American bass-baritone, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-10-10 Willard White, Jamaican-British operatic bass baritone, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1949-03-25 Klaus Mertens, German bass and bass-baritone singer, born in Kleve, West Germany
  • 1960-10-27 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), born in Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1965-11-09 Bryn Terfel, Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer, born in Pant Glas, United Kingdom

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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

  • 1938-04-12 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), dies at 65
  • 1975-02-16 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • 1985-03-24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • 1994-05-17 (Donald) Keith Falkner, British bass-baritone singer, dies at 94
  • 1996-04-08 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1998-07-22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2000-10-27 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2002-08-25 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), dies at 82
  • 2003-12-06 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • 2006-09-24 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), dies at 78
  • 2015-03-24 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54