On This Day

Today in Tenor History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

  • 1940-05-28 Hans Dulfer, Dutch funk and jazz-fusion tenor saxophonist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1940-07-09 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), born in Oberhausen, Germany (d. 2017)

Person of interestPlácido Domingo

1941-01-21 Plácido Domingo, Spanish opera and Latin tenor, conductor and artistic director (Verdi's "Otello"), born in Madrid, Spain

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • 1941-02-03 Angelo D'Aleo, American pop tenor (Dion & Belmonts - "Teenager In Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941-11-06 James Bowman, English countertenor, born in Oxford, England
  • 1943-02-09 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • 1943-02-14 Maceo Parker, American tenor saxophonist (James Brown; Parliament-Funkadelic, King's One, Mo' Roots), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1943-12-30 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • 1944-08-12 Peter Hofmann, German tenor
  • 1944-12-11 Jon Garrison, American tenor, born in Higginsville, Missouri

Person of interestJosé Carreras

1946-12-05 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona

Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • 1948-09-12 Luis Lima, Argentinian operatic tenor, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1951-01-29 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1951-03-21 Russell Thompkins Jr, American soul tenor, lead singer (Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-08-24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-01-14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • 1957-06-17 Martin Dillon, American operatic tenor and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1958-06-17 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York

Person of interestAndrea Bocelli

1958-09-22 Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor (The Prayer), born in Lajatico, Italy

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
  • 1960-02-05 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962-12-05 José Cura, Argentine tenor, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1963-01-25 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • 1963-06-07 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • 1965-08-19 Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor, born in Rustenburg, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1971-07-19 Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo), born in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 1971-10-17 Chris Kirkpatrick, American pop countertenor ('N Sync - "I Thought She Knew"), born in Clarion, Pennsylvania on
  • 1973-04-14 David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1974-05-02 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1974-06-28 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor, born Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2010)

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 2017-02-08 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • 2017-04-14 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), dies at 76
  • 2019-04-01 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, dies at 91
  • 2019-10-05 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2019-12-25 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), dies at 84 [1]
  • 2020-04-22 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of Covid-19 at 82 [1]