Opera in History (Part 2)

Events in Music

Events 101 - 200 of 383

  • 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)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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 Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)
  • 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 Napoli
  • 1859-03-19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • 1859-03-28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
  • 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
  • 1862-11-11 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 "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 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
  • 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
  • 1866-01-15 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" by Ambroise Thomas premieres in Paris
  • 1868-04-10 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"
  • 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
  • 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" 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 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)
  • 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

Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

1878-05-04 Thomas Edison's Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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" 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
  • 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 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)
  • 1888-03-10 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 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 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
  • 1891-05-15 Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris
  • 1892-02-16 Opera "Werther" by Jules Massenet premieres in Vienna

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 263

  • 1904-01-02 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Metropolitan Opera, Bluebird of Happiness), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1905-04-01 Winfried P I Zillig, German opera composer/conductor (Fantasia Irica)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), 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)
  • 1907-09-23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1908-07-01 Peter Anders, German opera singer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1910-06-24 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • 1911-01-22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer
  • 1911-03-03 Francesco Siciliani, opera composer
  • 1911-04-01 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 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)
  • 1913-04-16 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)
  • 1914-05-25 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 singer, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 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, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), 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
  • 1918-04-03 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm), 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 (Met Opera 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1919-04-04 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, Danville, Virginia, operatic soprano, (d. 2012)
  • 1919-12-03 Charles Craig, English opera singer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 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, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 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), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1922-04-27 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1922-09-20 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • 1923-01-08 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1923-02-07 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1923-02-10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1923-11-01 Victoria de los Ángeles, Spanish operatic lyric soprano, born in Barcelona (d. 2005)
  • 1924-03-06 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), born in Maryville, Missouri (2006)
  • 1924-03-29 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1924-04-03 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, born in Bishopton, Glasgow (d. 1995)
  • 1924-08-19 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1924-09-25 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1924-12-22 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925-01-14 Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 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)
  • 1926-06-11 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Slow Dusk), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-29 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)

Person of interestLeontyne Price

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

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927-03-01 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • 1927-06-02 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • 1927-08-04 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • 1927-12-24 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1928-01-20 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1928-02-29 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, born in Tennille, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1928-03-16 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928-03-30 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928-11-14 Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)
  • 1928-12-20 Charles Donald Adams, English opera singer and actor, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1929-01-10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1929-02-28 Joseph Rouleau, French-Canadian bass opera singer (Royal Opera), born in Matane, Quebec (d. 2019)
  • 1929-05-25 [Belle Miriam Silverman] Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1929-07-15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1929-08-28 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1929-09-13 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer, born in Velingrad, Bulgaria (d. 2004)
  • 1930-03-28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • 1930-05-08 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 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)
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1932-02-19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-04-17 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1932-05-24 Elaine Malbin, American opera singer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1932-09-29 Jeremy Isaacs, general director (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
  • 1933-07-15 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • 1934-02-22 Thomas Paul, American 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
  • 1934-04-18 George Shirley, African-American tenor (first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1935-01-10 Sherrill Milnes, American operatic baritone, born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1935-02-27 Alberto Remedios, British opera & concert singer, born in Liverpool, England (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

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 187 of 187

  • 1988-08-11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1988-11-13 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29), dies at 82
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1989-06-04 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1992-05-02 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 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
  • 1994-11-05 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, dies at 66
  • 1995-01-05 Francis Lopez, Fren dentist/operetta composer (Andalousie), 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
  • 1995-04-30 Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59
  • 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
  • 1996-06-19 Ande Anderson, English opera director, 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 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, 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
  • 2003-06-11 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2004-06-02 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer, dies at 74
  • 2004-08-15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2004-10-23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • 2005-01-15 Victoria de los Ángeles, Spanish operatic lyric soprano, dies at 81
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2005-06-11 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies at 64
  • 2005-08-21 Martin Dillon, American opera singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • 2006-03-23 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • 2006-09-04 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • 2007-02-22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007-07-02 [Belle Miriam Silverman] Beverly Sills, 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)

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

2007-09-06 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, dies at 71

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2008-03-03 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • 2008-11-29 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), dies at 90
  • 2008-12-20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2009-06-05 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • 2010-03-21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2010-05-24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-05-25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2010-06-16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), dies at 79
  • 2010-09-28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • 2010-10-10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-11-05 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2010-11-30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • 2011-07-10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 89
  • 2011-07-11 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, dies at 88
  • 2012-01-24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2012-01-29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2012-07-01 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012-08-02 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • 2012-11-28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • 2012-12-01 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • 2013-01-15 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), dies at 90
  • 2013-05-17 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), dies at 93
  • 2013-08-08 Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2013-10-07 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • 2014-08-15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • 2015-07-10 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88
  • 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
  • 2016-07-04 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80
  • 2017-01-18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • 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
  • 2017-06-22 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • 2017-09-11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • 2017-11-11 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), dies at 92
  • 2017-11-24 Carol Neblett, American soprano (Met and City Opera), dies at 71
  • 2018-12-06 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • 2019-04-22 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), dies at 88
  • 2019-06-15 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96
  • 2019-09-30 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74