Opera in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

Events 101 - 200 of 402

  • 1847-11-25 Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna)
  • 1849-03-09 Carl Nikolais opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" premieres
  • 1849-04-16 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le prophète" premieres in Paris
  • 1849-05-10 Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)

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1849-12-08 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

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1850-08-28 Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1851-03-11 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice
  • 1851-11-22 Opera "La Perle Du Brésil" is produced (Paris)
  • 1852-04-30 Anton Rubinstein's opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1853-01-19 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome
  • 1853-03-06 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice
  • 1855-06-13 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Les vêpres sicilenne" (The Sicilian Vespers) premieres at the Paris Opéra
  • 1855-09-27 George Frederick Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC
  • 1856-03-05 Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire
  • 1857-03-12 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice
  • 1858-05-15 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London

  • 1858-10-21 Jacques Offenbach's operetta " Orpheus in the Underworld" (Orphée aux Enfers) premieres in Paris, includes "Infernal Galop" (can-can tune)
  • 1858-11-09 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra
  • 1859-02-17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Naples
  • 1859-03-19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris

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1859-03-28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1859-04-04 Opera "Dinorah" is produced in Paris
  • 1862-02-08 Opera "Lily of Killarney" premieres in London
  • 1862-02-28 Charles Gounod's opera "La Reine de Saba" premieres in Paris
  • 1862-08-09 Berlioz' opera "Beatrice et Benedict" premieres in Baden-Baden
  • 1862-11-22 Opera "La Forza del Destino" by Giuseppe Verdi debuts at Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia [Nov 10 O.S.]

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1863-09-10 Georges Bizet's opera "Les Pêcheurs de Perles" premieres in Paris

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet
  • 1863-09-29 Opera "The Pearl Fishers" (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) by Bizet is first produced at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris
  • 1864-03-19 Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris
  • 1865-04-20 Crosby Opera House opens in Chicago, Illinois; destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871
  • 1865-04-28 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris
  • 1865-06-10 Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan und Isolde" premieres in Munich, Germany
  • 1866-01-05 Bedřich Smetana's first opera "Branibori v Cechach" ("The Brandenburgers in Bohemia") premieres in Prague
  • 1866-03-30 Bedřich Smetana's comic opera"Verkaufte Braut" (The Bartered Bride) premieres at Prague Provisional Theatre
  • 1866-05-30 Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premieres (Prague)
  • 1866-11-17 Opera "Mignon" is produced in Paris

  • 1867-03-11 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Don Carlos" premieres in Paris
  • 1867-04-27 Charles Gounod's opera "Romeo et Juliette" is premieres at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, France
  • 1868-03-05 Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele" premieres in Milan
  • 1868-03-09 The opera "Hamlet" by Ambroise Thomas premieres in Paris
  • 1868-04-10 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"
  • 1868-05-16 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres at the New Town Theatre in Prague
  • 1868-06-21 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich
  • 1868-10-22 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Genevieve de Brabant" premieres in NYC
  • 1869-05-02 The Folies Trévise (later cabaret hall Folies Bergère) opens as an opera house in Paris, France
  • 1869-09-22 Richard Wagner's opera "Rhine Gold" premieres in Munich
  • 1870-03-19 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • 1870-06-26 Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring "Ride of the Valkyries"
  • 1871-12-24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo
  • 1871-12-26 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
  • 1873-05-24 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" ("The King Has Spoken") premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris
  • 1874-01-24 Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1874-04-05 Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna
  • 1875-01-05 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • 1875-03-03 Georges Bizet's last and greatest opera "Carmen" premieres in Paris
  • 1876-04-08 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan

  • 1876-08-16 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth
  • 1876-08-17 Richard Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth
  • 1877-04-19 Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)

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1877-04-27 Jules Massenet's opera "Le Roi de Lahore" (The King of Lahore) premieres at the Palais Garnier, Paris, France

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • 1877-12-02 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar

Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

1878-05-04 Thomas Edison's Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House

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1878-05-25 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1879-03-29 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin" premieres in Moscow
  • 1879-12-31 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC
  • 1881-02-10 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • 1881-03-23 Gas lamp sets fire to opera house in Nice, France; 70 die
  • 1881-04-23 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" premieres at The Opera Comique, London
  • 1881-05-11 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Libuše" premieres iat the Natonal Theater, in Prague
  • 1881-12-19 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels
  • 1882-01-13 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"
  • 1882-02-10 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Snyegurochka" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1882-07-26 Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Bayreuth, Germany
  • 1882-12-11 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
  • 1883-03-31 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Le Chasseur Maudit"
  • 1883-04-14 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris

  • 1883-10-22 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of the opera "Faust"
  • 1884-01-19 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris
  • 1884-03-08 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano Suite
  • 1885-03-14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre
  • 1885-03-15 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"
  • 1885-03-20 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Goldfaden operetta
  • 1885-10-24 Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna
  • 1885-11-09 Opera "Ermine" premieres in London
  • 1885-11-30 Opera "El Cid" premieres (Paris)
  • 1885-12-02 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna
  • 1886-09-25 Comedy opera "Dorothy" first produced in London
  • 1887-02-05 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy, Verdi's first new opera for over 15 years
  • 1887-05-18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • 1887-05-25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • 1887-11-23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • 1888-03-10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"
  • 1888-03-20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1888-05-07 Édouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
  • 1889-05-18 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris
  • 1890-05-17 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi
  • 1890-06-09 Comic opera "Robin Hood" by Reginald De Koven, Harry B. Smith, and Clement Scott premieres in Chicago
  • 1890-10-23 Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St Petersburg)
  • 1890-11-04 Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg
  • 1890-12-05 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 375

  • 1885-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • 1887-07-29 Sigmund Romberg, Nagykanizsa Hungary, operetta composer (Blossom Time)
  • 1887-10-06 Maria Jeritza [Jedlicka], Austrian singer (Vienna Opera)
  • 1888-01-10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1888-03-12 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1891-02-12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1891-05-16 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1948)
  • 1892-03-10 Eva Turner, British operatic soprano, born in Werneth, Oldham, England (d. 1990)
  • 1892-05-18 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific; RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1892-05-31 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1976)
  • 1894-03-02 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), born in Lierre, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • 1894-10-22 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • 1895-01-13 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1895-12-09 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • 1896-01-08 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1896-01-09 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-British conductor, primarily of opera, born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 1897-01-22 Rosa Ponselle [Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1897-04-16 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897-06-20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1898-01-01 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), born in Teschen, Silesia (now Poland) (d. 1944)
  • 1898-04-12 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1898-04-15 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1898-07-24 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1898-10-01 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Gaaden (d. 1968)
  • 1899-09-11 Nelly "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Jenny, Driestuivers Opera), born in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1971)
  • 1899-09-16 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1900-01-07 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • 1900-01-22 Franz Salmhofer, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera, 1945-54), and composer (mostly of ballet and opera), born in Vienna (d. 1975)
  • 1900-01-30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1900-04-14 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1900-06-22 Jennie Tourel, Russian mezzo-soprano (Metropolitan Opera 1937-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1900-11-04 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), born in Malnate, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1900-12-13 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, born in Ograda, Romania (d. 1970)
  • 1901-01-02 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1903-01-18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1904-01-02 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), born in Moultrie, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1905-04-01 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1906-04-08 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian operatic tenor, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera, 1927; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1937-66), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1906-07-28 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, born in Ölbronn-Dürrn (d. 1994)
  • 1906-12-09 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, born in Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1907-01-17 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • 1907-01-18 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • 1907-02-17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American operatic soprano (Wagner; Interrupted Melody), born in Deans Marsh, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1907-09-23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1907-12-09 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, born in Ottendorf-Okrilla, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1908-04-05 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (d. 1985)
  • 1908-06-07 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1908-07-01 Peter Anders, German opera singer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1909-06-22 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan Opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1910-02-17 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1966)
  • 1910-06-24 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • 1911-01-22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian operatic soprano singer, born in Brussels (d. 2000)
  • 1911-03-03 Francesco Siciliani, opera composer
  • 1911-04-01 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1911-04-21 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1912-06-09 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • 1912-07-07 Tiny Alma [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • 1913-02-17 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), born in Sarajevo, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) (d. 2009)
  • 1913-04-16 Constance Shacklock, English opera singer, born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • 1913-07-10 Ljuba Welitsch, Bulgarian Austrian opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci), born in Borisovo, Bulgaria (d. 1996)
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1914-05-18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (1993)
  • 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)
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974)
  • 1914-08-13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1915-07-27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1915-09-04 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1916-01-03 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), born in Calabozo, Guárico, Venezuela (d. 1988)
  • 1916-01-29 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1916-06-16 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), born in Montbeliard, France (d. 1995)
  • 1916-07-17 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1916-10-19 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish composer (Facettes; Aniara), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • 1917-01-05 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1917-09-18 Ande Anderson, English opera director, born in South Shields (d. 1996)
  • 1917-09-28 Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor
  • 1918-03-22 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • 1918-04-03 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1918-04-09 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • 1918-04-25 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1919-02-02 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1919-04-04 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, Danville, Virginia,(d. 2012)
  • 1919-11-14 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1919-12-03 Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920-01-19 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1920-02-29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1921-01-07 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1921-03-06 Julius Rudel, Austrian-American conductor (NYC Opera, 1944-79), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)
  • 1921-03-19 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1921-07-24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, Catania, Sicily (d. 2008)
  • 1921-08-14 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, born in Barcola, Trieste, Italy (d. 1997)
  • 1921-11-09 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera, 1953-64), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-12 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 277

  • 1966-06-12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1966-10-17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1967-01-03 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1967-01-15 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1968-06-14 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish composer (Facettes; Aniara), dies at 51
  • 1968-09-06 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • 1968-10-25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • 1969-01-10 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57) dies at 69
  • 1969-02-02 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1969-06-05 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75
  • 1969-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1969-12-31 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1970-07-29 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, dies at 69
  • 1970-12-23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • 1971-06-26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1973-04-16 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • 1973-04-20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), dies at 75
  • 1975-01-03 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • 1975-09-10 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), dies at 75
  • 1976-02-13 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 1976-09-20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1976-09-30 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84
  • 1981-05-25 Rosa Ponselle [Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), dies at 84
  • 1982-05-26 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • 1982-07-10 Maria Jeritza [Jedlicka], Aust/US, singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies
  • 1982-08-28 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • 1982-10-12 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1982-10-16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1986-08-13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • 1986-11-13 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, dies at 71
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1987-05-22 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, and opera director dies at 65
  • 1987-06-26 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • 1988-01-29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • 1988-04-30 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), dies at 61
  • 1988-07-22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • 1988-08-11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1988-11-13 Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-1960), dies at 82
  • 1988-11-26 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), dies at 72
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1989-06-04 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1990-06-16 Eva Turner, British operatic soprano, dies at 98
  • 1992-05-02 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1992-05-17 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser], American operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • 1992-11-18 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), dies from stroke at 82
  • 1993-10-11 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, dies at 66
  • 1993-11-16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1994-08-18 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • 1994-09-29 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, dies at 68
  • 1994-11-05 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, dies at 66
  • 1995-01-05 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), dies at 78
  • 1995-01-14 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • 1995-03-11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1995-06-19 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, dies at 71
  • 1995-07-16 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83
  • 1996-03-08 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1996-04-08 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1996-04-08 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1996-06-19 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • 1996-06-25 Nicholas John, English National Opera's dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1996-07-12 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der Prozeß - The Trial), dies at 78
  • 1996-08-01 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1996-08-25 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), dies at 86
  • 1996-09-02 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996-09-23 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 1996-11-26 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, dies at 84
  • 1996-12-17 Francesco Siciliani, Italian opera administrator, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997-01-23 Charles Craig, English opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997-08-09 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • 1997-09-02 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 1997-12-25 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, dies at 76
  • 1998-06-03 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 2001-01-12 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84
  • 2001-02-15 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), dies at 92
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), dies at 82
  • 2002-12-24 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), dies at 82
  • 2003-03-05 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 2003-06-11 William Marshall, American stage and screen actor, director, and operatic singer (Frederick Douglass: Slave and Statesman; Blacula; Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2004-06-02 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer, dies at 74
  • 2004-06-26 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), dies at 66
  • 2004-08-15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2004-10-23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2005-01-15 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, dies at 81
  • 2005-02-13 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), dies at 86
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2005-06-11 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2005-08-21 Martin Dillon, American opera singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • 2005-12-25 (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome), dies at 87
  • 2006-03-23 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • 2006-05-21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, dies at 96
  • 2006-09-04 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • 2006-11-24 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), dies at 85
  • 2007-02-22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007-07-02 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • 2007-07-05 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • 2007-07-18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • 2007-08-15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)