Opera in History (Part 2)

Related Topics: Musicals

Events in Music

Events 101 - 200 of 448

  • 1843-01-03 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris
  • 1843-02-11 Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
  • 1843-11-27 Opera "Bohemian Girl" by Michael William Balfe with a libretto by Alfred Bunn first produced in London

Music Premiere

1844-03-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice

  • 1844-12-30 Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

Music Premiere

1845-10-19 Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser" premieres in Dresden

  • 1845-11-15 Opera "Maritana" is produced (London)

Music History

1846-08-26 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England

Music History

1846-12-06 Hector Berlioz's dramatic oratorio "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz at the Opéra-Comique, Paris

  • 1847-11-25 Friedrich von Flotow's comic romance opera "Martha" premiers at the Kärntnertortheater in 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 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady's performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]
  • 1849-12-08 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples
  • 1850-08-28 Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany

Music Concert

1850-09-11 Opera singer Jenny Lind - "The Swedish Nightingale", gives 1st US concert, at Castle Garden in New York City, promoted by P. T. Barnum

  • 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 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy
  • 1854-12-10 Hector Berlioz premieres his oratorio "L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)", conducting musicians and soloists from the Opéra-Comique, at the Salle Herz, Paris
  • 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
  • 1857-03-16 Stefano Ronchetti-Monteviti's opera "Pergolese" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Kingdom of Lombardy (now Italy)
  • 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

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1862-02-10 Julius Benedict and Dion Boucicault's opera "Lily of Killarney" premieres at Convent Garden in London

Music Premiere

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

  • 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" by Ambroise Thomas premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Francce
  • 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 "Das Rheingold" (the 1st piece of his "Ring" cycle) premieres in Munich, Germany
  • 1870-03-18 Antonio Carlos Gomes' "Il Guarany" premieres at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy, 1st Brazilian opera successful outside Brazil
  • 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, Egypt
  • 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 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, France
  • 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)

Music Premiere

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

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 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 Théâtre Municipal” opera house in Nice, France; 70 die, and building completely destroyed
  • 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 with the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris
  • 1883-10-22 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of Charles Gounod's 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

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 518

  • 1865-01-03 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1865-07-29 Nicola Spinelli, Italian opera composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1865-08-16 Jón Friðfinnsson, Icelandic-Canadian composer (The Millennial Cantata), born in Breiðdal, Iceland (d. 1936)
  • 1865-11-12 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (d. 1939)
  • 1866-03-10 Amanda Aldridge, British opera singer, pianist, teacher, and composer of parlour songs and light orchestral pieces music, born in Upper Norwood, London, England (d. 1956)
  • 1866-07-23 Francesco Cilea, Italian orchestral and opera composer (L'arlesiana; Adriana Lecouvreur), born in Palmi< Calabria, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1950)
  • 1866-11-07 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1867-01-09 Jacques Urlus, Dutch dramatic tenor (Opera of Leipzig, 1900-14; Tristan und Isolde; Song of the Earth), born in Hergenrath, Rhine Province (now part of Kelmis, Belgium) (d. 1935)
  • 1867-01-27 Claude Terrasse, French organist and operetta composer, born in L’Arbresle, Rhône, France (d. 1923)
  • 1867-02-21 Otto Hermann Kahn, German-American banker and patron of the arts, organized Metropolitan Opera Company, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1934)

Arturo ToscaniniArturo Toscanini (1867-1957)

1867-03-25 Italian cellist and conductor (La Scala, 1898-1908 & 1921-29; Metropolitan Opera, 1908-15; New York Philharmonic, 1926-36; NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1937-41 & 1944-54), born in Parma, Kingdom of Italy

  • 1867-03-27 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, born in Hopewell, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1867-07-27 Enrique Granados, Spanish concert pianist, and composer (Goyescas), born in Lérida, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1867-09-07 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor, born in Mineral Ridge, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1868-01-27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1868-11-15 Ferruccio Giannini, Italian-American operatic tenor (one of the first to be recorded), teacher, and impresario (Verdi Opera House, Philadelphia), born in Barga, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1869-06-06 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1870-01-12 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian),Czech operatic tenor, born in Rousínov, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1871-01-22 Léon Jessel, German light classical and operetta composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers; Schwarzwaldmädel (The Black Forest Girl)), born in Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland) (d. 1942)
  • 1872-12-20 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian priest and sacred oratorio composer, born in Tortona, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1873-02-02 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1873-02-13 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1874-02-16 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German operatic soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1920-26), and pedagogue, born in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1935)
  • 1874-02-20 Mary Garden, Scottish-American operatic soprano, 1900-34, and M-G-M talent scout, born in Aberdeen Scotland (d. 1967)
  • 1874-03-12 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), born in Hernals, Austria (d. 1949)

Ermanno Wolf-FerrariErmanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948)

1876-01-12 Italian light opera composer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy

  • 1876-02-22 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, born in Yankton Indian Reservation, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) (d. 1938)
  • 1876-03-08 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), born in Posillipo, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1876-09-15 Bruno Walter, German-French opera and symphony conductor (Vienna Philharmonic; NY Philharmonic), born in Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1877-04-24 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1877-07-13 Karl Erb, German opera and oratorio tenor, born in Ravensburg, Kingdom of Württemberg (now Germany) (d. 1958)
  • 1877-12-18 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1878-01-28 Walter Kollo, German composer of operettas, Singspiele, and popular songs (Der Juxbaron), born in Neidenburg, Kingdom of Prussia. (d. 1940)
  • 1878-02-21 Fritz Cortolezis, German conductor, opera director, and composer, born in Passau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1879-03-19 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), born in Maihingen, Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1879-07-03 Philippe Gaubert, French flautist, conductor (Paris Opéra, 1919-41), composer, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire), born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • 1880-02-01 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880-07-02 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1880-08-17 Leo Ascher, Austrian-American operetta composer (Hoheit tanzt Walzer - Her Highness Dances the Waltz), Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1881-03-10 Thomas Quinlan, British opera impresario, born in Bury, England (d. 1951)
  • 1882-08-18 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1882-10-24 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, born in Siófok, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1883-12-14 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, born in Smyrna, Greece (d. 1962)
  • 1884-03-24 Gino Marinuzzi, Sr., Italian opera conductor (Wagner; Puccini), and composer (Symphony in A), born in Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1884-06-14 John McCormack, Irish-American operatic and popular tenor ("I Hear You Calling Me"; "It's A Long Way To Tipperary"), born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1945)
  • 1884-08-02 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, born in Hagby, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • 1884-10-20 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1884-10-30 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), born in Gröbming, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1885-06-19 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer (Legend of Ohrid; Opeleo), conductor (Belgrade Philharmonic, 1923-34; Belgrade Opera, 1925-35), and pedagogue (Belgrade Music Academy, 1937-50), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)
  • 1885-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian operatic spinto tenor singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1913-45), born in Montagnana, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1887-03-14 Lawrance Collingwood, British composer, and opera conductor, born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • 1887-07-29 Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-American operetta composer (Blossom Time),
  • 1887-10-06 Maria Jeritza [Marie Jedličková], Czech soprano known as the Moravian Thunderbolt (Vienna Opera, 1912-34, 1953-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1921-32, 1951); born in Brno, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1982) &)
  • 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 (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1926-48), and Tony Award-winning singer (South Pacific), 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)
  • 1894-03-26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian operatic soprano, the favorite of Richard Strauss, born in Czernowitz, Duchy of Bukovina, Austrian Empire (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine) (d. 1985)
  • 1894-10-22 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • 1895-01-13 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1895-09-28 Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1981)
  • 1895-10-21 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), born in Orangeville, Utah (d. 1984)
  • 1895-11-08 Euphemia Giannini Gregory, Italian-American opera singer and educator (Curtis Institute), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • 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)
  • 1898-04-12 (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)
  • 1898-09-05 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish opera composer (Stepan; Marie Grubbe), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • 1898-10-01 Karl Rankl, Austrian-British conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company, 1946-51), and composer (Deirdre of the Sorrows), born in Gaaden, Austria (d. 1968)
  • 1899-09-11 Nelly "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Jenny; Driestuivers Opera), born in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia) (d. 1971)
  • 1899-09-16 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian pianist, conductor (Graz Opera, 1947-50), and educator (Vienna Music Academy, 1949-75), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1899-11-02 Walter Woolf King, American stage and screen baritone, character actor (Golden Dawn; A Night at the Opera; Swiss Miss), and actor's agent, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 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
  • 1900-07-10 Evelyn Laye {Elsie Lay], British stage and operetta singer and actress (Bitter Sweet; The Merry Widow), born in Bloomsbury, London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1900-08-23 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American concert, opera, and electronic music composer (Johnny Spielt Auf: Orpheus and Eurydike; Fibonacci-Mobile), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1901-12-02 (Gustaaf) "Staf" Nees, Flemish-Belgian carillonist, organist, composer (Maria-oratorio), and educator, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolf Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera manager, 1950-72), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1902-02-26 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor (Vienna State Opera, 1940-58)n born in Munich, Germany (d. 1958)
  • 1902-12-19 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 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)
  • 1904-11-03 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), born in Pärnu, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 2000)
  • 1905-03-02 Marc Blitzstein, American opera and theater composer, librettist (The Cradle Will Rock), and translator (Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill works), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 404

  • 1938-01-26 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, dies at 61
  • 1938-04-12 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), dies at 65
  • 1939-06-18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • 1939-08-03 August Enna, Danish opera composer (The Witch; Kleopatra), dies at 80
  • 1940-01-24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 1940-09-30 Walter Kollo, German operetta and popular song composer, dies at 62
  • 1941-07-08 Philippe Gaubert, French flautist, conductor (Paris Opéra, 1919-41), composer, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire), dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1941-07-18 Dionyssios Lavrangas, Greek composer and conductor (Elliniko Melodhrama (Greek Opera), 1900-35), dies at 80
  • 1941-12-22 Leopoldo Mugnone, Italian opera composer and conductor, dies at 83
  • 1942-01-04 Léon Jessel, German light classical and operetta composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers; Schwarzwaldmädel (The Black Forest Girl)), dies of injuries sustained during Gestapo interrogation at 70
  • 1942-02-25 Leo Ascher, Austrian-American operetta composer (Hoheit tanzt Walzer (Her Highness Dances the Waltz); Der Soldat der Marie (Marie's Soldier)), dies at 61
  • 1945-08-02 Pietro Mascagni, Italian opera composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • 1945-08-17 Gino Marinuzzi, Sr., Italian opera conductor (Wagner; Puccini), and composer (Symphony in A), dies at 61
  • 1946-01-07 Adamo Didur, Polish operatic bass singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1908-32), dies at 71
  • 1946-08-31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer, and conductor, dies at 63
  • 1946-09-03 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1948-01-08 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, dies of lung cancer at 56

Ermanno Wolf-FerrariErmanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948)

1948-01-21 Italian light opera composer, dies at 72

  • 1948-09-17 Ferruccio Giannini, Italian-American operatic tenor (one of the first to be recorded), teacher, and impresario (Verdi Opera House, Philadelphia), dies at 79
  • 1949-10-04 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), dies from injuries from falling off of a stage at 75
  • 1950-02-19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • 1950-04-03 Kurt Weill, German-American composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies after a heart attack at 50
  • 1950-11-20 Francesco Cilea, Italian orchesztral and opera composer (L'arlesiana; Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • 1951-08-11 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish opera composer (Stepan; Marie Grubbe), drowns in a sailing accident at 52
  • 1951-11-20 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70
  • 1952-11-25 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), dies at 72
  • 1953-02-26 Elisabeth Kuyper, Dutch pianist, conductor, composer, educator, and women's rights activist dies at 75
  • 1953-10-30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • 1954-01-27 Paul-Marie Masson, French musicologist (L’Opéra de Rameau), and composer, dies at 71
  • 1954-04-27 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), dies at 53
  • 1954-05-16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1954-09-10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies at 46
  • 1954-10-27 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • 1955-02-14 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • 1955-05-31 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impresario and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), dies at 95
  • 1955-06-11 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • 1955-07-25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1956-02-18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • 1956-03-09 Amanda Aldridge, British opera singer, pianist, teacher, and composer of parlour songs and light orchestral pieces music, dies at 89
  • 1956-03-11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83

Arturo ToscaniniArturo Toscanini (1867-1957)

1957-01-16 Italian cellist and conductor (La Scala, 1898-1908 & 1921-29; Metropolitan Opera, 1908-15; New York Philharmonic, 1926-36; NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1937-41 & 1944-54), dies after a stroke in NYC at 89

  • 1957-05-09 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1926-48), and Tony Award-winning singer (South Pacific), dies at 64
  • 1958-08-21 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer (Legend of Ohrid; Opeleo), conductor (Belgrade Philharmonic, 1923-34; Belgrade Opera, 1925-35), and pedagogue (Belgrade Music Academy, 1937-50), dies at 73
  • 1958-08-24 Leo Blech, German opera composer and conductor, (Königliches Opernhaus, 1906-37; Städtische Oper, 1949-53). dies at 87
  • 1960-03-04 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • 1960-03-30 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich; Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1960-07-15 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1923-50), dies after surgery at 63
  • 1960-09-09 Jussi Björling, Swedish operatic tenor, dies from cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) complications at 49
  • 1961-04-21 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), dies at 57
  • 1961-08-08 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • 1961-09-02 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, dies at 54
  • 1962-02-17 Bruno Walter, German-French opera and symphony conductor (Vienna Philharmonic; NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1962-04-03 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1963-11-26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), dies at 81
  • 1963-12-18 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), dies at 58
  • 1964-01-22 Marc Blitzstein, American opera and theater composer, librettist (The Cradle Will Rock), and translator (Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill works), killed by a sailor at 58
  • 1965-01-25 (Gustaaf) "Staf" Nees, Flemish-Belgian carillonist, organist, composer (Maria-oratorio), and educator, dies at 63
  • 1965-10-26 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • 1966-05-09 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, dies at 56
  • 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
  • 1968-09-06 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, Italian operatic spinto tenor singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1913-45), dies at 83
  • 1969-06-05 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75
  • 1969-12-31 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian operatic bass buffo singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-62), and actor (Merry Andrew; Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1970-02-11 Emil Abranyi, Hungarian composer, conductor, and opera director, dies at 87
  • 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
  • 1971-07-25 Leroy Robertson, American pianist, composer ("Oratorio from the Book of Mormon"; "Trilogy for Orchestra"), and educator (Brigham Young, 1925-48; University of Utah, 1948-62), dies at 74
  • 1972-07-09 Robert Weede, American operatic and musical theater baritone, dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1973-09-21 William Plomer, South African-British libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • 1974-01-15 Karel Salmon [Karl Salomon], Israeli operatic bass-baritone singer, composer, and conductor, dies at 76
  • 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
  • 1975-02-16 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, dies of an accidental sleeping pill overdose at 47
  • 1975-09-10 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian pianist, conductor (Graz Opera, 1947-50), and educator (Vienna Music Academy, 1949-75), dies at 75
  • 1975-09-14 Walter Herbert [Seligmann], German-American conductor, impresario (Houston Grand Opera, 1955- 72; San Diego Opera, 1965-77), and world champion bridge player, dies at 77
  • 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
  • 1979-01-15 Euphemia Giannini Gregory, Italian-American opera singer and educator (Curtis Institute), dies at 83
  • 1980-03-13 Tauno Pylkkänen, Finnish opera composer dies at 61
  • 1981-05-25 Rosa Ponselle [Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), dies at 84
  • 1981-12-02 Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), dies at 86
  • 1982-05-26 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • 1982-07-10 Maria Jeritza [Marie Jedličková], Czech soprano, known as the Moravian Thunderbolt (Vienna Opera, 1912-34, 1953-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1921-32, 1951); dies at 94
  • 1982-08-28 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • 1982-10-12 (Christiann) "Chris"Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1982-10-16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • 1983-06-02 Donald Gramm, American concert and opera bass-baritone, dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1983-09-24 Isobel Baillie, Scottish oratorio singer, dies at 88
  • 1984-07-17 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1984-10-24 Walter Woolf King, American stage and screen baritone, character actor (Golden Dawn; A Night at the Opera; Swiss Miss), and actor's agent, dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76