Sopranos in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 193 of 193

  • 1930-05-08 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)
  • 1931-03-13 Rosalind Elias, American 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 operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1932-02-29 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1932-06-27 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), born in Wayne, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1933-02-08 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • 1933-02-18 Elly Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 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
  • 1934-02-24 Renata Scotto, Italian soprano and opera director (La Traviata - "Violetta"), born in Savona, Italy
  • 1935-02-27 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1935-03-12 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome; Lulu), born in Schöningen, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1935-03-16 Teresa Berganza, Spanish soprano
  • 1935-10-05 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1936-06-19 Marisa Galvany, American soprano

Person of interestGrace Bumbry

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

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
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  • 1937-02-02 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937-03-12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor/Victoria), born in Llanfyllin, Wales
  • 1937-12-30 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, born in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1938-05-26 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938-09-12 Tatiana Troyanos, American mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-09-20 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • 1938-12-04 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1939-06-09 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano, born in Galați, Romania
  • 1939-11-12 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • 1940-04-17 Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1940-07-10 Helen Donath, American soprano, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1940-08-15 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1940-09-27 Josephine Barstow, British opera soprano singer, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1941-05-06 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • 1941-11-26 Susanne Marsee, American mezzo-soprano, born in San Diego, California
  • 1942-03-15 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate ( Hespèrion), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2011)
  • 1942-06-10 Janet Vogel, American doo-wop soprano (Skyliners - “Since I Don’t Have You”), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-08-13 Sheila Armstrong, English soprano, born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • 1943-01-09 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2018)
  • 1943-05-28 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, born in Athens (d. 2004)
  • 1943-10-17 Susan Davenny Wyner, American soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1943-10-20 Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1943-11-07 Judith Forst, Canadian mezzo-soprano, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1944-03-06 Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), born in Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 1944-04-06 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1944-07-30 Teresa Cahill, British soprano opera singer, born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
  • 1946-01-16 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1946-02-01 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946-06-01 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946-12-23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1947-05-08 Felicity Lott, British lyric and operatic soprano (We Come To The River), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1947-12-27 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1948-04-18 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-05-29 Linda Esther Gray, Scottish operatic soprano (Isolde), born in Greenock
  • 1948-06-18 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano
  • 1948-08-13 Kathleen Battle, American operatic soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1949-02-26 Emma Kirkby, English soprano, born in Surrey, England
  • 1949-03-13 Julia Migenes, American soprano, born in NYC, New York
  • 1949-05-21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • 1951-07-12 Sylvia Sass, Hungarian soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1952-03-24 Dolora Zajick, American mezzo-soprano (Verdi), and educator (Institute for Young Dramatic Voices), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1952-06-21 Marcella Detroit [Levy], American soprano vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Lay Down Sally), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-08-10 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-08-16 Gianna Rolandi, American soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-12-30 June Anderson, American coloratura soprano, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-04-10 Lesley Garrett, English soprano singer, born in Thorne, Doncaster, England
  • 1955-05-09 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish opera, lieder, and rock mezzo-soprano (For The Stars, with Elvis Costello), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1955-08-08 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • 1955-10-26 Christine Brewer, American operatic soprano, born in Grand Tower, Illinois
  • 1957-02-14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano, born in Posio, Finland
  • 1957-07-29 Alessandra Marc [Judith Borden], American operatic soprano (Turandot), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1959-02-14 Renée Fleming, American opera singer & soprano, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • 1960-04-04 Jane Eaglin, English dramatic soprano, born in Lincoln, England
  • 1960-05-06 Phyllis Treigle, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960-07-17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1960-08-14 Cecilia Gasdia, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy
  • 1961-07-05 Isabelle Poulenard, French contemporary soprano, born in Paris
  • 1962-06-15 Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1962-11-02 Mireille Delunsch, French soprano, born in Mulhouse, France
  • 1962-11-22 Sumi Jo, South Korean lyric coloratura soprano, born in Changwon, South Korea
  • 1963-05-11 Nina Stemme [Thöldte], Swedish dramatic soprano opera singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964-03-07 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965-04-19 Natalie Dessay, French soprano and actress, born in Lyon, France
  • 1966-02-09 Amanda Roocroft, British operatic soprano, born in Coppull, Lancashire, England
  • 1966-04-19 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France
  • 1966-06-04 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1969-06-24 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop/operatic soprano singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1970-06-15 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France
  • 1978-01-06 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian coloratura soprano, born in Manitoba
  • 1980-06-29 Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano singer and songwriter, born in Neath, Wales
  • 1982-10-12 Émile Parisien, French jazz soprano and alto saxophonist, and composer, born in Cahors, France
  • 1987-04-10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano and UNICEF ambassador, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1987-09-30 Aida Garifullina, Russian soprano (Operalia 2013), born in Kazan, Russia
  • 1988-10-10 Jodie Devos, Belgian operatic soprano, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 2016-12-03 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, dies at 93
  • 2017-01-05 Géori Boué, French soprano, dies at 98
  • 2017-01-18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • 2017-09-23 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, dies at 79
  • 2017-11-23 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), dies at 71
  • 2017-11-24 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), dies at 71
  • 2018-03-20 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), dies at 75
  • 2018-10-06 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, dies at 85
  • 2019-01-26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • 2019-04-22 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), dies at 88
  • 2020-02-09 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 84
  • 2020-04-17 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • 2021-04-24 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), dies at 93