Opera in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

Events 101 - 200 of 328

  • 1852-04-30 Anton Rubinsteins opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1853-01-19 Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1853-03-06 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1855-06-13 Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)
  • 1855-09-27 George F 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 opera "Orphée aux Enfers" premieres in Paris
  • 1859-02-17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli
  • 1859-03-19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • 1859-04-04 Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)
  • 1862-02-08 Opera "Lily of Killarney" premieres in London
  • 1862-02-28 Opera "La Reine de Saba" premieres in Paris
  • 1862-08-09 Berlioz' opera "Beatrice et Benedict" premieres in Baden-Baden
  • 1862-11-11 Opera "La Forza Del Destino" is produced (St Petersburg Russia)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet
  • 1863-09-29 Opera "Pescatori di Perle" is produced (Paris)
  • 1864-03-19 Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris
  • 1865-04-20 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
  • 1865-04-28 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris
  • 1866-01-15 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori v Cechach" premieres in Prague
  • 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 Opera "Romeo et Juliette" is produced in Paris
  • 1868-03-05 Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele" premieres in Milan
  • 1868-03-09 The opera "Hamlet" premieres in Paris
  • 1868-05-16 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1869-09-22 Richard Wagner's opera "Rhine Gold" premieres in Munich

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1870-03-19 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • 1870-06-25 Opera "Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)" is produced (Munich)
  • 1870-06-26 Wagner's opera "Valkyrie" premieres in Munich
  • 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" premieres 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 opera "Carmen" premieres (Paris)
  • 1876-04-08 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan
  • 1876-08-16 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth
  • 1876-08-17 Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth
  • 1877-04-19 Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)
  • 1877-04-27 Opera "Le Roi de Lahore" is produced in Paris
  • 1877-12-02 Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar
  • 1878-05-04 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • 1878-05-25 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London
  • 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" produced in London
  • 1881-05-11 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres 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
  • 1883-04-14 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris
  • 1883-10-22 Original Metropolitan Opera House (NYC) grand opening (Faust)
  • 1884-01-19 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris
  • 1885-03-14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre
  • 1885-03-20 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Golldfaden operetta
  • 1885-06-06 Opera "Lakmé" is produced (Paris)
  • 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
  • 1887-05-18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • 1887-05-25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • 1887-11-23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • 1888-03-20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1888-05-07 Edouard 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 Opera "Robin Hood" 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
  • 1891-05-15 Jules Massenet's opera "Griselde" premieres in Paris
  • 1892-02-16 Opera "Werther" premieres in Vienna
  • 1892-05-21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • 1892-08-27 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • 1892-12-26 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
  • 1893-02-01 Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut" premieres in Turin
  • 1893-02-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan
  • 1893-06-01 Opera "Falstaff" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1893-12-23 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" is produced (Weimar)
  • 1894-03-16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris
  • 1894-04-19 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC
  • 1896-01-05 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1896-02-01 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1896-03-23 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • 1896-03-28 The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)
  • 1896-05-20 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
  • 1897-02-05 1st showing of a motion picture in Hawaii at the Hawaiian Opera House

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 209

  • 1912-07-07 Tiny Alma, [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • 1913-04-16 Constance Shacklock, opera singer
  • 1913-07-10 Ljuba Welitsch, Borisovo, Bulgaria, opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci)
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1913-11-22 Benjamin Britten, Lowestoft Suffolk England, composer (Beggar's Opera)
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse France, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)
  • 1914-08-13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer (d. 1970)
  • 1915-07-27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini)
  • 1915-09-04 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer
  • 1916-07-17 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1916-10-19 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Herr von Hancken)
  • 1917-01-05 Wieland Wagner, German opera director
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917-09-18 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director
  • 1917-09-28 Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor
  • 1918-04-03 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1918-04-09 Jorn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House)
  • 1918-04-25 Astrid Varnay, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1919-01-24 Leon Kirchner, contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1919-04-04 Antony Tudor, England, choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957)
  • 1919-12-03 Charles Craig, opera singer
  • 1920-02-13 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • 1920-03-27 Richard Hayman, bandleader/conductor/pianist (Theme of 3 Penny Opera)
  • 1920-04-29 Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
  • 1921-03-06 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1922-04-27 Daphne Anderson, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England
  • 1922-09-20 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • 1923-02-10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1924-03-06 Sarah Caldwell, Maryville Mo, conductor/opera director (Flagstaff)
  • 1924-04-03 Murray Dickie, opera singer/director
  • 1924-09-25 Norman Ayrton, opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK)
  • 1924-12-22 Frank Corsaro, NY harbor, opera director
  • 1925-01-17 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • 1925-07-11 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • 1926-02-11 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927-02-18 Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)
  • 1927-03-01 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • 1927-06-02 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • 1927-12-24 Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)
  • 1928-03-16 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928-11-14 Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)
  • 1929-02-28 Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-09-13 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer (d. 2004)
  • 1930-03-28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer
  • 1930-05-29 Eleanor Fazan, opera/show choreographer (Lassiter, Ruling Class)
  • 1930-11-22 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), born in Bury St Edmunds, England (d. 2017)
  • 1932-02-19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-04-17 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1932-05-24 Elaine Malbin, opera singer
  • 1932-09-29 Jeremy Isaacs, general director (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
  • 1933-07-15 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • 1934-02-22 Thomas Paul, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934-02-24 Renata Scotto, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata), born in Savona, Italy
  • 1935-02-27 Alberto Remedios, British opera/concert singer, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • 1935-06-05 Peter Schat, Dutch opera composer (Labyrint, Houdine, Symposion)
  • 1935-07-29 Peter Schreier, Meissen Germany, tenor (Dresden State Opera 1961)
  • 1935-11-14 Donald Edwin White, advertising copywriter/opera administrator
  • 1936-04-27 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer
  • 1936-05-23 Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
  • 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
  • 1937-05-13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-04-11 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, born near Colonge (d. 2017)
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, British opera singer
  • 1939-03-08 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1940-09-27 Josephine Barstow, opera singer
  • 1940-10-02 Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • 1941-01-21 Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1941-04-27 Judith Blegen, opera singer (Papagena-Magic Flute), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1941-06-01 Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)
  • 1942-01-19 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • 1942-11-29 Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss opera singer
  • 1943-04-27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1943-06-23 James Levine, American conductor, (director of the Metropolitan Opera), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944-07-30 Teresa Cahill, opera singer
  • 1944-09-10 Thomas Allen, British opera singer
  • 1944-11-02 Patrice Chereau, French opera director and actor (Danton), born in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2013)
  • 1945-09-12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-09-15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen)
  • 1946-06-01 Carol Neblett, American soprano (Met and City Opera), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946-12-05 Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors)
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-03-22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), born in London, England

  • 1948-04-18 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-05-29 Linda Esther Gray, opera singer
  • 1948-07-17 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1950-03-27 Maria Ewing, opera singer
  • 1950-04-26 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • 1951-11-13 Janet Collins, ballerina, 1st African American dancer with Opera Co (Aida)
  • 1952-08-10 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-06-26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1957-06-17 Martin Dillon, American opera singer (d. 2005)
  • 1957-09-06 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park)
  • 1958-07-05 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 131 of 131

  • 1995-06-19 Murray Dickie, opera singer/director, dies at 71
  • 1995-07-16 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83
  • 1996-03-08 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1996-06-19 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director, dies at 78
  • 1996-08-25 Sylvia Fisher, opera Singer, dies at 86
  • 1996-09-02 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 1996-11-26 Joan Hammond, Australian opera singer, dies at 84
  • 1996-12-17 Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997-01-23 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997-09-02 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 2004-08-15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2005-08-21 Martin Dillon, tenor, American opera singer (b. 1957)
  • 2007-02-22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007-07-18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • 2007-08-15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • 2010-03-21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2010-05-25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2010-09-28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • 2012-01-24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2012-11-28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • 2012-12-01 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • 2013-10-07 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • 2015-11-28 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016-06-05 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • 2016-06-11 Alberto Remedios, British opera and concert singer, dies at 81
  • 2017-02-08 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • 2017-03-05 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • 2017-09-11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86