Sopranos in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

  • 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 (d. 2020)
  • 1935-03-12 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome, Lulu)
  • 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 Met), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-03-12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1942-08-13 Sheila Armstrong, English soprano, born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • 1943-05-28 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, born in Athens (d. 2004)
  • 1943-10-17 Susan Davenny Wyner, 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
  • 1946-01-16 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano & actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1946-06-01 Carol Neblett, American soprano (Met and City Opera), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946-12-23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1947-05-08 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • 1947-12-27 Janet Perry, American soprano
  • 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
  • 1952-06-21 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 soprano
  • 1955-04-10 Lesley Garrett, English soprano singer, born in Thorne, Doncaster, England
  • 1955-05-09 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • 1955-08-08 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • 1957-02-14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano, born in Posio, Finland
  • 1957-07-29 Alessandra Marc, American operatic soprano
  • 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 soprano
  • 1960-07-17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennesee
  • 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 soprano
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1966-04-19 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
  • 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
  • 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

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music