Today in Soprano History

Events in Music

  • 1950-05-11 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano ) premieres in Paris
  • 2017-11-07 Opera soprano Audrey Luna sings highest-ever note at Met Opera in New York, A above high C

Birthdays in Music

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  • 1600-09-05 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, born in Spoleto (d. 1670) baptismal date
  • 1798-04-09 Giuditta Pasta, [Negri], soprano
  • 1806-01-03 Henriette Sontag, German soprano (d. 1854)
  • 1820-10-06 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1887)
  • 1821-07-18 Pauline Garcia-Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer (d. 1910)
  • 1840-10-30 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano
  • 1841-04-25 Pauline Lucca, soprano
  • 1843-02-19 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1847-11-01 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (d. 1930)
  • 1850-12-09 Emma Abbott, American soprano (d. 1891)
  • 1868-01-27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1872-11-29 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director
  • 1873-07-17 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • 1874-02-16 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • 1874-12-25 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1877-06-14 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano (d. 1970)
  • 1880-10-06 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • 1882-02-28 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882-11-18 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds)
  • 1888-02-27 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1892-03-10 Eva Turner, British soprano
  • 1892-10-12 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1894-03-26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1895-07-12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner)
  • 1898-03-06 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Mattheus Passion)
  • 1898-12-05 Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
  • 1899-06-16 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 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/teacher
  • 1900-10-19 Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • 1900-12-25 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1906-02-09 Gwen Catley, British(?) soprano
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1907-02-20 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • 1907-09-23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1909-01-09 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • 1909-02-17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1909-07-22 Licia Albanese, American operatic soprano (NY Met Opera), born in Bari, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1910-03-25 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano
  • 1910-04-18 Sylvia Fisher, soprano (Albert Herring Opera)
  • 1910-05-15 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • 1910-07-06 Dorothy Kirsten, soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1910-09-03 Dorothy Maynor, Norfolk Va, soprano/founder (Harlem School of Arts)
  • 1911-03-31 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • 1912-05-01 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • 1912-05-24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1912-06-19 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1913-07-10 Ljuba Welitsch, Borisovo, Bulgaria, opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci)
  • 1914-05-25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915-12-09 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin Germ, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • 1916-07-17 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1918-04-25 Astrid Varnay, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1918-05-17 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • 1919-09-19 Blanche Thebom, Monessen Penn, mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida)
  • 1919-09-30 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, Danville, Virginia, operatic soprano, (d. 2012)
  • 1919-11-14 Lisa Otto, German soprano
  • 1920-02-13 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • 1920-10-09 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1921-11-09 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-01 Renata Tebaldi, lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1922-08-30 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1922-09-13 Yma Sumac, [Chavarri], Ichocan Peru, 5 octave soprano (Omar Khayyam)
  • 1923-11-01 Victoria de los Angeles, Spanish soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1923-12-02 Maria M Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924-05-06 Mimi Benzell, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1925-05-14 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925-07-11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-08 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926-01-30 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (d. 2013)
  • 1926-05-06 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)
  • 1926-11-07 Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (Met Opera), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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1927-02-10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927-12-24 Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)
  • 1928-01-16 Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (d. 1996)
  • 1928-03-16 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928-06-21 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-11-14 Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)
  • 1929-05-25 Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-08-11 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen)
  • 1930-05-04 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930-05-08 Heather Harper, soprano
  • 1931-03-13 Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1931-04-06 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American soprano
  • 1932-02-29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1932-06-27 Anna Moffo, US soprano (Adventurers), born in Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • 1933-02-08 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • 1933-02-18 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano
  • 1933-08-21 Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), born in Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1934-01-16 Marilyn Horne, Bradford, Pa, mezzo-soprano
  • 1934-02-24 Renata Scotto, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata), born in Savona, Italy
  • 1935-02-27 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), born in Modena, Italy
  • 1935-03-12 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome, Lulu)
  • 1935-03-16 Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano
  • 1935-10-05 Arlene Saunders, American soprano

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding 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

  • 1670-04-23 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, dies at 69
  • 1865-04-01 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (b. 1797)
  • 1887-11-02 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67
  • 1889-06-27 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies
  • 1891-01-05 Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  • 1919-09-27 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1929-05-16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • 1930-04-03 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • 1931-02-23 Nellie Melba, [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
  • 1935-10-04 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1942-01-06 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1944-02-07 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1947-01-26 Grace Moore, American soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1947-02-03 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1950-05-26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • 1961-01-11 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • 1961-12-16 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
  • 1962-12-07 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1963-11-26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano, dies
  • 1965-01-14 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • 1967-03-11 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1969-07-07 Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • 1970-10-13 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • 1972-07-28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • 1975-07-05 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 1976-02-13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 1976-08-26 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, More than singing), dies at 88
  • 1979-01-13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1985-10-22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • 1986-11-06 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1989-11-28 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • 1990-06-14 Erna Berger, German soprano (b. 1900)
  • 1990-06-16 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • 1990-10-03 Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • 1992-11-18 Dorothy Kirsten, US soprano, dies from stroke at 82
  • 1993-11-16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1994-02-09 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994-03-28 Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994-05-31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • 1996-11-12 Gwen Catley, soprano, dies at 90
  • 1996-11-28 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • 1999-03-13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2004-12-04 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • 2004-12-19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 2005-01-10 Margherita Carosio, Italian soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2005-01-13 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2005-01-15 Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
  • 2005-03-04 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2005-11-05 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (b. 1912)
  • 2005-12-26 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2006-03-10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (b. 1932)
  • 2006-09-04 Astrid Varnay, Swedish-born soprano (b. 1918)
  • 2007-03-04 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2007-07-02 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • 2007-07-05 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • 2008-05-10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • 2008-12-20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2009-01-06 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), dies at 93
  • 2010-05-24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-10-10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-11-05 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2011-07-10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 89
  • 2012-01-29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2012-07-01 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012-08-02 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012-12-01 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • 2013-01-17 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86
  • 2014-08-15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • 2015-12-08 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2016-06-05 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • 2017-01-18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86