Opera in History (Part 3)

Related Topics: Musicals

Events in Music

Events 201 - 300 of 448

Music Premiere

1887-02-05 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy, Verdi's first new opera for over 15 years

  • 1887-05-18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • 1887-05-25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

Music History

1887-10-13 Australian soprano Nellie Melba makes her operatic debut as Gilda in "Rigoletto" at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels

  • 1887-11-23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • 1888-03-10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's symphonic poem for chorus and orchestra "Psyché"
  • 1888-03-20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1888-05-07 Édouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris

Music Premiere

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
  • 1890-11-04 Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" debuts at Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Music Premiere

1890-12-05 Hector Berlioz's opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe, Germany

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

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

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1894-04-19 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC
  • 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 Premiere

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

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 1898-09-26 Victor Herbert and Harry Smith's operetta "The Fortune Teller" premieres at Wallack's Theater, New York City
  • 1898-11-22 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Iris" premieres at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, Italy
  • 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 grand cantata "Prométhée" premieres at Arènes de Béziers, France; performance involved almost 800 singers and musicians (including two wind bands and 15 harps) and an audience of 10,000
  • 1901-03-14 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 6th Symphony in A, Gustav Mahler leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Graz, Austria
  • 1901-03-23 Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba reveals secret of her now famous toast

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1902-05-14 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his Covent Garden debut opposite Nellie Melba in Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" in London
  • 1902-11-25 Franz Lehar's opera "Wiener Frauen" premieres in Vienna
  • 1903-01-07 Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger" premieres in Brussels
  • 1903-01-13 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170
  • 1903-10-13 Victor Herbert and by Glen MacDonough's operetta "Babes in Toyland" premieres at Majestic Theater, New York City
  • 1903-11-15 Eugen d'Albert's opera "Tiefland" premieres in Prague
  • 1903-11-23 Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York in Verdi's "Rigoletto"

Music History

1903-11-27 Opera "Die Neugierigen Frauen" by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is produced in Munich

Music Premiere

1904-01-21 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno

Music Premiere

1906-03-10 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine" by pianist Paule de Lestang, in Lyon, France

  • 1906-09-24 Victor Herbert and Henry Blossom's operetta musical "The Red Mill" opens at the Knickerbocker Theater, NYC
  • 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

Music History

1908-11-16 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera

  • 1910-02-19 English premiere of Richard Strauss' opera "Elektra"
  • 1910-12-28 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • 1911-01-26 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden, Germany
  • 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 Ludwig Thuille's opera "Lobetanz" first American performance
  • 1911-12-23 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" premieres at the Kurfürstenoper in Berlin, Germany, sung in German as "Der Schmuck der Madonna"
  • 1913-03-04 Gabriel Faure's opera "Pénélope", based on Homer's "The Odyssey", premieres at the Salle Garnie, in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • 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
  • 1918-02-01 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" ("Where The Lark Sings") premieres at the Király Theatre in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1918-12-14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC
  • 1919-04-19 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
  • 1919-10-10 Richard Strauss and Hugo van Hofmannsthal's opera "Die Frau ohne Schatten" (The Woman Without A Shadow), premieres in Vienna, Austria
  • 1920-12-24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance, with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC
  • 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 Premiere

1926-11-27 Béla Bartók's ballet "Miraculous Mandarin" premieres at the Cologne Opera, Germany, conducted by Eugen Szenkar

Music Premiere

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

  • 1927-01-21 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 518

  • 1905-04-01 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1905-11-12 Yevgeny Brusilovsky, Soviet composer (wrote 1st Kazakh opera), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1906-04-08 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian operatic tenor, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera, 1927; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1937-66), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1906-07-28 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, born in Ölbronn-Dürrn (d. 1994)
  • 1906-11-10 Leonid Wīgner, Latvian conductor (Latvian Opera and Ballet Theater, 1936-49; LPSR Radio Symphony, 1949-75), composer, and pedagogue, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 2001)
  • 1906-12-09 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, born in Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1907-01-17 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • 1907-01-18 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • 1907-02-17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American operatic soprano (Wagner; Interrupted Melody), born in Deans Marsh, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1907-02-20 Nadine Conner [Henderson], American operatic soprano (Carmen; The Magic Flute - "Pamina"), born in Compton, California (d. 2003)
  • 1907-09-23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1907-12-09 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, born in Ottendorf-Okrilla, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1908-04-05 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (d. 1985)
  • 1908-06-07 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1908-07-01 Peter Anders, German opera singer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1908-08-06 George Singer, Czech-Israeli pianist, composer, and opera conductor (Hamburg Staatsoper; Israeli Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1980)
  • 1909-06-22 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan Opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1910-02-17 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1966)
  • 1910-06-22 Peter Pears, British operatic tenor (Death in Venice), born in Farnham, England (d. 1986)
  • 1910-06-24 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • 1910-07-20 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, born in Prerov, Moravia (d. 2004)
  • 1910-08-06 Friedrich Schröder, Swiss light classical, operetta, schlager, and film score composer, born in Nafels, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • 1911-01-22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian operatic soprano singer, born in Brussels (d. 2000)
  • 1911-03-03 Francesco Siciliani, Italian opera impresario (La Scala; San Carlo; Le Fenice), and composer (Fragments From the Canticle of Canticles), born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1911-04-01 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1911-04-21 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60) who died on stage, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1912-06-09 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • 1912-06-19 Virginia MacWatters, American broadway and operatic soprano, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1912-07-07 Tiny Alma [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • 1913-02-17 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), born in Sarajevo, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) (d. 2009)
  • 1913-04-16 Constance Shacklock, English opera singer, born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • 1913-07-10 Ljuba Welitsch, Bulgarian Austrian opera soprano (Pagliacci- "Nedda"), born in Borisovo, Bulgaria (d. 1996)
  • 1913-08-13 Ladislav Holoubek, Slovak conductor (Košice Opera, 1966-81), and composer (Rodina), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1994)
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker [Rivn Ticker], American tenor (New York Metroploitan Opera, 1945-75), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1913-12-23 Leo Ketelaars, Dutch violinist and baritone oratorio vocalist, born in Maasniel, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1914-05-18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1914-06-05 Rose Hill, British stage and screen actress ('Allo 'Allo!; Nicholas Nickleby; Shot in the Dark), and lyric soprano (The Beggar's Opera), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, German operatic tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974)
  • 1914-07-17 Eleanor Steber, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1914-08-13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1915-07-27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1915-09-04 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1916-01-03 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), born in Calabozo, Guárico, Venezuela (d. 1988)
  • 1916-01-29 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1916-02-13 John Reed, British comic actor and singer (Gilbert & Sullivan; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1951-79), born in Close House, Durham, England (d. 2010)
  • 1916-06-16 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), born in Montbeliard, France (d. 1995)
  • 1917-01-05 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1917-08-17 Zhou Xiaoyan, Chinese operatic soprano and pedagogue (Shanghai Conservatory, 1949-65 and 1970-78), born in Wuhan, China (d. 2016)
  • 1917-09-18 Ande Anderson, English opera director, born in South Shields (d. 1996)
  • 1917-09-28 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer (Krakatit), conductor, and director, born in Poličná, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1989)
  • 1918-03-22 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1980)
  • 1918-04-03 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1918-04-09 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)
  • 1918-04-25 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1941-56), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1918-11-20 Tibor Frešo, Slovak composer (Fanfares of Peace; A Beetle was Born), and conductor (Slovak National Theatre Opera), born in Spišský Štiavnik, Slovakia (d. 1987)
  • 1919-02-02 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1919-04-04 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1919-07-10 Ian Wallace, British buffo bass-baritone opera and concert singer ("Gendarmes' Duet"), and broadcaster (BBC's My Music, 1964-97), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1919-11-14 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1919-12-03 Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920-01-19 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1920-02-29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1921-01-07 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1921-01-09 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1921-03-06 Julius Rudel, Austrian-American conductor (NYC Opera, 1944-79), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)
  • 1921-03-19 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1921-07-24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, Catania, Sicily (d. 2008)
  • 1921-08-14 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, born in Barcola, Trieste, Italy (d. 1997)
  • 1921-11-09 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • 1921-12-03 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera, 1953-64), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1922-01-18 Antonio Bibalo, Italian-Norwegian pianist, contemporary classical and opera composer (The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder ; Ghosts), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1922-02-12 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Das Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • 1922-03-02 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, music critic, and opera director, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 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)
  • 1923-12-16 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 1924-02-27 Heimo Erbse, German concert, opera, and theater composer (Julietta). born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1924-03-06 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor and opera director (Flagstaff), born in Maryville, Missouri (d. 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, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1924-04-25 Franco Mannino, Italian pianist, conductor, classical concert, opera, and film score composer (Death in Venice; Il diavolo in giardino), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-13 Carlo Bergonzi, Italian operatic tenor, born in Vidalenzo, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 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, British actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Academy, born in London (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 201 - 300 of 404

  • 1985-10-22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian operatic soprano, dies at 91
  • 1986-06-29 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, dies at 83
  • 1986-08-13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • 1986-11-13 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, dies at 71
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1987-05-22 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, and opera director dies at 65
  • 1987-06-26 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • 1987-07-07 Tibor Frešo, Slovak composer (Fanfares of Peace; A Beetle was Born), and conductor (Slovak National Theatre Opera), dies at 68
  • 1988-01-29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, Bulgarian-American singer, commits suicide during a performance of at the Metropolitan Opera at 81
  • 1988-04-30 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), dies at 61
  • 1988-07-22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • 1988-08-11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, French opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1988-11-26 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), dies at 72
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1989-06-04 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer (Krakatit), conductor, and director, dies at 71
  • 1990-06-16 Eva Turner, British operatic soprano, dies at 98
  • 1991-12-22 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American concert, opera, and electronic music composer (Johnny Spielt Auf: Orpheus and Eurydike; Fibonacci-Mobile), dies at 91
  • 1992-05-02 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1992-05-17 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser], American operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • 1992-11-18 Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), dies from stroke at 82
  • 1993-06-28 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), dies at 79
  • 1993-10-11 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, dies at 66
  • 1993-11-16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1994-08-18 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • 1994-09-04 Ladislav Holoubek, Slovak conductor (Košice Opera, 1966-81), and composer (Rodina), dies at 81
  • 1994-09-29 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, dies at 68
  • 1994-11-05 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer (Clarence Cameron White's "Ouanga"; Dave Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"), dies of cancerat 66
  • 1995-01-05 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), dies at 78
  • 1995-01-14 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • 1995-03-11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1995-06-19 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, dies at 71
  • 1995-07-16 Charles Bruck, Hungarian-French-American conductor (Dutch Opera, 1950-54; Strasbourg Philharmonic, 1955–65), and Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF, 1965–70), dies of cancer at 83
  • 1996-01-25 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, dies at 68
  • 1996-03-08 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1996-04-08 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1996-04-08 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1996-06-19 Ande Anderson, English opera director, dies at 78
  • 1996-06-25 Nicholas John, English National Opera's dramaturge, dies at 43
  • 1996-07-12 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der Prozeß - The Trial), dies at 78
  • 1996-08-01 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1996-08-25 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), dies at 86
  • 1996-09-02 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996-09-23 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 1996-11-26 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, dies at 84
  • 1996-12-17 Francesco Siciliani, Italian opera administrator, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997-01-23 Charles Craig, English opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997-08-09 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • 1997-09-02 Rudolf Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera manager, 1950-72), dies of complication of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 95
  • 1997-12-25 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, dies at 76
  • 1998-03-07 Leopoldine "Leonie" Rysanek, Austrian dramatic soprano (Vienna State Opera 1954-96; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-96), dies of bone cancer at 71
  • 1998-06-03 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 1999-09-10 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish bel canto operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • 2000-10-27 Walter Berry, Austrian operatic bass-baritone, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2000-11-30 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), dies at 96
  • 2001-01-12 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84
  • 2001-02-15 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tanglewood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), dies at 92
  • 2001-07-20 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, dies at 77
  • 2001-12-23 Leonid Wīgner, Latvian conductor (Latvian Opera and Ballet Theater, 1936-49; LPSR Radio Symphony, 1949-75), composer, and pedagogue, dies at 95
  • 2002-02-09 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish operatic lyric baritone, dies at 65
  • 2002-03-23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), dies at 82
  • 2002-10-14 Norbert Schultze, German songwriter (Lili Marleen), opera and film score composer and reformed propagandist, dies at 91
  • 2002-12-24 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), dies at 82
  • 2003-03-05 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 2003-06-11 William Marshall, American stage and screen actor, director, and operatic singer (Frederick Douglass: Slave and Statesman; Blacula; Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2003-08-09 Chester Ludgin, American operatic baritone (San Francisco Opera, 1962-85), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2003-12-22 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • 2004-03-16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, dies at 93
  • 2004-06-02 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian operatic basso singer, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2004-06-26 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), dies at 66
  • 2004-08-15 Semiha Berksoy, Turkish operatic soprano (Istanbul Opera, 1940-72), dies of heart surgery complications at 94
  • 2004-10-23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2005-01-13 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), dies at 81
  • 2005-01-15 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, dies at 81
  • 2005-01-24 June Bronhill, Australian stage and opera singer, dies at 75
  • 2005-02-01 Franco Mannino, Italian pianist, conductor, classical concert, opera, and film score composer (Death in Venice; Il diavolo in giardino), dies at 80
  • 2005-02-13 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), dies at 86
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera bass singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-97), dies at 74
  • 2005-06-11 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2005-08-21 Martin Dillon, American opera singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • 2005-09-22 Heimo Erbse, German concert, opera, and theater composer (Julietta). dies at 81
  • 2005-12-25 (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome), dies at 87
  • 2006-03-23 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • 2006-05-21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, dies at 96
  • 2006-07-03 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American violist and operatic mezzo-soprano, dies of cancer at 52
  • 2006-09-04 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • 2006-11-24 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2007-02-22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007-03-07 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, and musical director (Hungarian National Theater, 1951-66; Budapest Operetta, 1974-79). dies at 78
  • 2007-07-02 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • 2007-07-05 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1962-87), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2007-07-18 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, dies of an air rifle inflicted brain injury at 55
  • 2007-08-15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor (Canadian Opera Company, 1989-2007), dies of a heart attack at 63

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2007-09-06 Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio; The Three Tenors), dies at 71

  • 2008-03-03 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • 2008-06-20 Antonio Bibalo, Italian-Norwegian pianist, contemporary classical and opera composer (The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder; Ghosts), dies at 86
  • 2008-07-27 Horst Stein, German conductor (Hamburg State Opera, 1963-77), dies at 80
  • 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