Opera in History (Part 3)

Events in Music

Events 201 - 300 of 402


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1891-05-15 Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • 1892-04-28 1st performance of Antonín Dvořák's overture "Carnival Overture"
  • 1892-05-21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • 1892-08-27 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire

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1892-12-18 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world's most performed ballet; his final opera "Isolanta" also premieres

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1893-02-01 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut" premieres in Turin

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini

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1893-02-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1893-06-01 Opera "Falstaff" is produced (Berlin)

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1893-12-23 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette premieres in Weimar, conducted by Richard Strauss

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1894-03-16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra

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1894-04-09 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner
  • 1894-04-19 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC
  • 1895-04-14 1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony

  • 1896-01-05 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona
  • 1896-02-01 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin
  • 1896-03-23 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • 1896-03-28 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier" premieres at La Scala, Milan with Giuseppe Borgatti singing the title role
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1897-03-12 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussels

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Composer
Vincent d'Indy

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1897-10-08 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera

Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I
Austro-Hungarian Emperor
Franz Joseph I
  • 1898-09-26 Victor Herbert and Harry Smith's operetta "The Fortune Teller" premieres at Wallack's Theater in New York City
  • 1898-11-22 Opera "Iris" premieres (Rome)
  • 1899-03-05 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D
  • 1900-01-14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome
  • 1900-02-02 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • 1900-08-27 Gabriel Fauré's opera/cantata "Prométhée" premieres in Beziers
  • 1901-03-14 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1901-05-29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski's opera "Manru" has its world premiere in Dresden

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1901-11-20 Opera "Grisélidis" by Jules Massenet, Armand Silvestre and Eugène Morand premieres in Paris
  • 1901-11-21 Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden
  • 1902-02-18 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo
  • 1902-02-18 Jules Massenet's opera "Le jongleur de Notre-Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1902-03-08 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1902-03-18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1902-04-30 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1906-03-10 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine"

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1907-05-10 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris
  • 1907-11-25 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" has its first American performance in New York
  • 1908-11-16 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
  • 1910-12-28 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • 1911-01-26 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden
  • 1911-02-25 Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres at Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1911-05-19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, France
  • 1911-11-18 Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance
  • 1911-12-23 Opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1913-03-04 Gabriel Faure's opera "Penelope" premieres in Monte Carlo
  • 1914-01-24 Opera "Madeleine" premieres in NYC
  • 1914-02-19 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin
  • 1914-05-15 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • 1915-01-25 Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC
  • 1915-09-29 Dutch Opera's 1st performance
  • 1916-01-28 Opera "Goyescas" premieres in New York City
  • 1917-03-19 Victor Herbert and Harry Blossom's operetta "Eileen", loosely based on a novel by Herbert's grandfather, premieres at Shubert Theater, New York City
  • 1917-05-03 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • 1918-02-01 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest
  • 1918-12-14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-04-19 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
  • 1921-10-23 Leos Janacek's opera "Kat'a Kabanova" premieres in Brno
  • 1922-10-22 Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, NY, named after a knight in Wagner's Opera
  • 1924-03-24 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C at the Konsertföreningenin in Stockholm
  • 1924-10-14 Arnold Schoeberg's opera "Die Gluckliche Hand" premieres in Vienna
  • 1925-01-14 Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck" premieres in Berlin

  • 1925-04-23 1st London performance of Franz Lehár’s operetta "Frasquita" staged
  • 1925-10-15 Willem Landré's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1925-12-14 Alban Berg's first opera, "Wozzeck" premieres at the Berlin State Opera.
  • 1926-04-25 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1926-12-16 Darius Milhaud's opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • 1927-01-21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)
  • 1927-02-21 Franz Lehár's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • 1927-04-22 1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E
  • 1928-08-31 Brecht & Weil's play " The Threepenny Opera " premieres

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1930-01-18 Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

  • 1930-02-01 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt
  • 1930-03-09 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satirical opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" premieres in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1930-03-28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)
  • 1931-02-07 US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Metropolitan Opera, New York City
  • 1931-09-17 Operetta "Viktoria & Her Hussar" by Paul Abraham (adapted for English by Harry Graham) premieres in London at Palace Theatre h
  • 1931-11-11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco
  • 1931-12-25 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • 1933-03-23 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
  • 1933-07-01 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres in Dresden
  • 1933-07-22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US
  • 1934-01-22 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" debuts in Leningrad
  • 1934-01-24 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" is performed in Moscow; roundly criticized by the Communist Party, it was banned in the Soviet Union until 1961
  • 1934-02-20 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre in New York City
  • 1934-10-20 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 375

  • 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)
  • 1922-10-27 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • 1922-12-17 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • 1923-01-08 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), 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, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1923-02-22 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2016)
  • 1923-11-01 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2005)
  • 1923-12-25 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) born in Eagle Pass, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-03 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), born in Montgomery, Alabama (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)
  • 1924-08-14 Georges Prêtre, French classical and opera conductor known for interpretation of Poulenc, born in Waziers, France (d. 2017)
  • 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) (d. 2009)
  • 1925-04-26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1925-07-11 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • 1925-11-04 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, born in Stockholm (d. 2018)
  • 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 (Britten's "War Requiem"), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-29 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1926-12-16 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1988)

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
  • 1927-02-11 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1927-11-08 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1927-12-24 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1928-01-02 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 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, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 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, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1929-01-10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1929-02-02 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-28 Joseph Rouleau, French-Canadian bass opera singer (Royal Opera), born in Matane, Quebec (d. 2019)
  • 1929-03-04 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), born in Amsterdam, Nethetlands
  • 1929-05-25 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1929-06-15 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2013)
  • 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)
  • 1929-09-17 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1929-10-18 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1929-12-03 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1930-02-05 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), born in Turku, Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1930-03-28 Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer, born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • 1930-04-08 John Reardon, American stage actor and operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1965-77), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 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 (Resurrection 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)
  • 1931-02-10 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, born in Königsberg (d. 2003)
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-08-28 John Shirley-Quirk, British operatic bass-baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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, Italian soprano and opera director (La Traviata - "Violetta"), born in Savona, Italy
  • 1934-03-29 Mei Baojiu, Chinese opera performer and director (Mei Lanfang Peking Opera), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2016)
  • 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
  • 1935-02-11 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, born in Stenvad, Denmark (d. 2018)
  • 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), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1935-07-29 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), born in Meissen, Saxony, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1936-01-13 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1936-04-27 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, born in Atherton, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1936-05-23 Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
  • 1937-02-02 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937-02-15 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1937-03-12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor/Victoria), born in Llanfyllin, Wales
  • 1937-03-24 Benjamin Luxon, British operatic baritone (Owen Wingrave), born in Redruth, England
  • 1937-05-13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-01-19 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), born in Stockholm (d. 2004)
  • 1938-04-11 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, born near Cologne, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1938-05-26 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, Welsh operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • 1939-03-08 Robert Tear, Welsh tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1939-06-07 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2016)
  • 1940-09-27 Josephine Barstow, British opera soprano singer, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1940-10-02 Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)

Person of interestPlácido Domingo

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

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • 1941-04-27 Judith Blegen, American opera singer (Magic Flute - "Papagena"), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1941-05-06 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • 1941-06-01 Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)
  • 1941-08-28 Paul Peter Plishka, American operatic bass (Bronx Botanical Gardens), born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-03-28 Samuel Ramey, American operatic bass (La Scala, 1981- ; Metropolitan, 1984-), born in Colby, Kansas
  • 1942-04-18 Richard Angas, British operatic bass singer (English National Opera, 1980-2000), born in Esher, England (d. 2013)

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 201 - 276 of 276


Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

2007-09-06 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, The Three Tenors), 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, dies at 97
  • 2009-12-18 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), dies at 96
  • 2010-03-21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2010-05-24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano, 1942-83, dies at 85
  • 2010-05-25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor singer, dies of meningitis at 35
  • 2010-06-16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), dies at 79
  • 2010-09-28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • 2010-10-10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), dies at 83
  • 2010-11-05 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2010-11-30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • 2011-05-30 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), dies at 88
  • 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
  • 2012-05-14 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 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 (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • 2013-01-15 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), dies at 90
  • 2013-04-14 Colin Davis, English conductor (Metropolitan Opera, 1967-71), dies at 85
  • 2013-05-17 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), dies at 93
  • 2013-08-08 Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2013-08-20 Richard Angas, British operatic bass singer (English National Opera, 1980-2000), dies at 71
  • 2013-08-30 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), dies at 84
  • 2013-09-18 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), dies at 93
  • 2013-10-07 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • 2014-03-14 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), dies at 84
  • 2014-06-08 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, dies at 86
  • 2014-08-15 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105
  • 2014-12-11 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85
  • 2015-01-21 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), dies at 85
  • 2015-03-24 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54
  • 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
  • 2016-02-04 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), dies at 85
  • 2016-02-15 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) dies at 72
  • 2016-02-26 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2016-03-23 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), dies at 65
  • 2016-04-25 Mei Baojiu, Chinese opera performer and director (Mei Lanfang Peking Opera), dies at 82
  • 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
  • 2016-12-01 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), dies at 94
  • 2016-12-03 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, dies at 93
  • 2017-01-04 Georges Prêtre, French classical and opera conductor known for interpretation of Poulenc, dies at 92
  • 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
  • 2017-03-06 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • 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
  • 2017-11-22 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, dies of brain cancer at 55
  • 2017-11-23 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), dies at 71
  • 2017-11-24 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), dies at 71
  • 2018-03-05 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, dies at 92
  • 2018-03-20 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), dies at 75
  • 2018-10-03 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, dies at 83
  • 2018-12-06 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • 2019-01-26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • 2019-04-01 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 2019-10-05 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2019-12-25 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), dies at 84 [1]
  • 2020-03-31 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, dies at 83
  • 2020-09-29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • 2021-03-09 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), dies at 77
  • 2021-04-24 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), dies at 93