Today in Mezzo-Soprano History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1600-09-05 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, born in Spoleto (d. 1670) baptismal date
  • 1821-07-18 Pauline Viardot, French pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1877-06-14 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, born in Paris (d. 1970)
  • 1880-10-06 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • 1899-10-09 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), born in Brotton, England (d. 1993)
  • 1900-06-22 Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1900-08-05 Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano and teacher
  • 1900-12-25 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1912-05-01 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1919-09-19 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1922-08-30 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1924-01-03 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • 1925-10-25 Oralia Domínguez, Mexican mezzo-soprano, born in San Luis Potosí (d. 2013)
  • 1928-07-04 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1929-08-11 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, Dutch mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1931-03-13 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1933-08-21 Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), born in Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1934-01-16 Marilyn Horne, American mezzo-soprano, born in Bradford, Pennsylvania

Person of interestGrace Bumbry

1937-01-04 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • 1938-09-12 Tatiana Troyanos, American mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941-11-26 Susanne Marsee, American mezzo-soprano, born in San Diego, California
  • 1943-01-09 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2018)
  • 1943-11-07 Judith Forst, Canadian mezzo-soprano, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1944-04-06 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1952-03-24 Dolora Zajick, American mezzo-soprano (Verdi), and educator (Institute for Young Dramatic Voices), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1955-05-09 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish opera, lieder, and rock mezzo-soprano (For The Stars, with Elvis Costello), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964-03-07 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966-06-04 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1889-09-06 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzo-soprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen

Deaths in Music

  • 1670-04-23 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, dies at 69
  • 1910-05-18 Pauline Viardot, French pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), dies at 88
  • 1961-01-11 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • 1969-07-07 Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • 1970-01-25 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, dies at 92
  • 1970-10-13 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • 1983-03-06 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1993-12-12 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • 1996-11-28 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • 2005-01-13 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2005-12-26 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2010-03-23 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), dies at 94
  • 2010-11-05 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2013-11-25 Oralia Domínguez, Mexican mezzo-soprano, dies at 88
  • 2018-03-20 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), dies at 75