Opera in History (Part 4)

Events in Music

Events 301 - 400 of 402

  • 1935-11-15 "A Night at the Opera", directed by Sam Wood, starring the Marx Brothers, is released

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1936-01-26 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer
Dmitri Shostakovich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-01-28 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"

  • 1936-05-12 Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938-05-12 Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" (Joan of Arc at the Stake) premieres in Basel, Switzerland

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc

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1938-05-28 Paul Hindemith's opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith

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1939-04-23 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1940-03-10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • 1940-04-16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro

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1941-03-29 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"

  • 1942-07-05 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros 6/9/11
  • 1943-04-28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"
  • 1943-12-23 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY

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1944-01-18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time - performers include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, and Benny Goodman, via remote hook-up. [1]

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

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1944-03-03 1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • 1944-03-05 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony by the National Symphony, in Washington, D.C.

  • 1945-06-05 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London

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1946-03-25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto", by Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1946-04-05 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • 1946-07-12 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival
  • 1947-02-18 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone" premieres in NYC
  • 1947-08-06 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • 1948-05-24 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres at Arts Theatre, Cambridge, England
  • 1948-11-29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • 1949-10-09 English ballerina Margot Fonteyn debuts in America with her performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York
  • 1950-03-15 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • 1950-05-09 Norman Dello Joio's opera, "The Triumph of St. Joan", premieres in Bronxville, New York

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1950-05-12 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • 1950-12-13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1950-12-16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1951-03-30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony commissioned to mark the University of Minnesota's centennial, debuts by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti conducting
  • 1951-09-11 Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice
  • 1951-11-13 Janet Collins is the first 1st African-American dancer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Aida
  • 1951-12-01 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 1951-12-24 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
  • 1952-05-02 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City

  • 1952-11-06 Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "About our Fatherland" premieres

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1954-03-12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1954-09-14 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice
  • 1954-12-03 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • 1954-12-27 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in NYC for 92 performances

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1955-01-07 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • 1955-11-05 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was destroyed in World War II
  • 1956-07-07 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • 1957-01-26 Francis Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres at La Scala, in Milan
  • 1957-03-08 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • 1957-08-11 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich

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1957-09-20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1958-04-23 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • 1959-03-02 Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
  • 1960-05-08 1st performance of Ferde Grofé's "San Francisco Suite", with Grofé conducting, in San Francisco
  • 1961-01-27 Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli make their debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in "Il trovatore", final curtain call lasts 35 mins
  • 1961-05-20 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen

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1961-07-23 American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry

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1963-02-23 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in "La traviata"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

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1968-03-01 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" first performed as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice

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1972-01-27 World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1972-02-17 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

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1972-04-20 Virgil Thomson's final opera, "Lord Byron", with libretto by Jack Larson, first performance at Lincoln Center, New York City

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron

AustraliaSydney Opera House

1973-10-20 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
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  • 1974-03-16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • 1974-11-11 Operatic soprano Maria Callas makes her final public appearance in Sapporo, Japan
  • 1975-12-14 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1976-01-13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"

  • 1977-09-29 Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1978-04-12 Gyorgy Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm
  • 1979-09-14 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name is released.
  • 1982-07-03 Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million)
  • 1983-01-21 First supertitles for a live opera performance: "Elektra" at Canadian Opera Company, English titles by Sonya Friedman
  • 1985-01-03 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
  • 1989-11-05 "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1989-12-31 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1990-02-06 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • 1990-07-07 First Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome - recording of is world's best-selling classical record
  • 1991-10-17 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City
  • 1994-01-31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down
  • 1994-07-16 "The Three Tenors", Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, perform in Los Angeles, California
  • 1996-01-29 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire

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1996-07-01 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

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1998-02-18 Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

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2014-05-23 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • 2017-10-09 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012)dies at 88 [1]
  • 2017-11-07 Opera soprano Audrey Luna sings highest-ever note at Met Opera in New York, A above high C
  • 2017-12-04 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 301 - 375 of 375

  • 1942-11-29 Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss baritone opera singer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1943-01-09 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2018)
  • 1943-03-28 Richard Eyre, English film, theatre, television and opera director (National Theatre), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • 1943-04-27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1943-06-23 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1944-01-02 Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher ("Chinese Opera"), born in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania)
  • 1944-07-30 Teresa Cahill, British soprano opera singer, born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
  • 1944-09-10 Thomas Allen, British operatic baritone singer, born in Seaham Harbour, England
  • 1944-11-02 Patrice Chereau, French opera director and actor (Danton), born in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2013)
  • 1945-09-12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-09-15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1945-10-08 Joseph Rescigno, American opera conductor (Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, 1981-2019), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1946-02-01 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946-06-01 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestLinda Ronstadt

1946-07-15 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer (Different Drum; What's New?) and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • 1946-10-10 Willard White, Jamaican-British operatic bass baritone, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Person of interestJosé Carreras

1946-12-05 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona

Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • 1946-12-23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1947-05-08 Felicity Lott, British lyric and operatic soprano (We Come To The River), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1947-12-27 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1948-04-18 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-05-29 Linda Esther Gray, Scottish operatic soprano (Isolde), born in Greenock
  • 1948-05-29 Michael Berkeley, English composer, broadcaster and House of Lords member (Jayne Eyre opera), born in London, England
  • 1948-06-18 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1948-07-17 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1948-08-13 Kathleen Battle, American operatic soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1948-09-12 Luis Lima, Argentinian operatic tenor, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1950-03-18 James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles opera, 2006-present; Cincinnati May Festival, 1979-2016; Ravinia Festival, 2005-15), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1950-03-27 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950-04-26 Peter Schaufuss, Danish dancer and director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1951-01-29 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1951-08-24 Mona Lyn Reese, American contemporary classical, opera and choral music composer (The Three Fat Women of Antibes; Prince), born in Morris, Minnesota
  • 1951-11-22 Kent Nagano, American conductor and opera administrator, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1952-08-10 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-06-26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1955-04-29 Gino Quilico, Canadian operatic baritone, born in Flushing, New York City
  • 1955-05-09 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish opera, lieder, and rock mezzo-soprano (For The Stars, with Elvis Costello), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1955-10-26 Christine Brewer, American operatic soprano, born in Grand Tower, Illinois
  • 1956-04-30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese operatic baritone, born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1957-06-17 Martin Dillon, American operatic tenor and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1957-07-29 Alessandra Marc [Judith Borden], American operatic soprano (Turandot), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1957-09-06 Paul Harrhy, Welsh actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), born in South Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1957-12-20 Arturs Maskats, Latvian classical composer and music director (Rainis Dailes Theatre; Latvian National Opera), born in Valmiera, Latvia
  • 1958-07-05 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • 1958-07-10 Fiona Shaw, Irish actress and theatre and opera director, born in County Cork, Munster, Ireland
  • 1959-02-14 Renée Fleming, American opera singer & soprano, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • 1960-05-06 Phyllis Treigle, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960-10-27 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), born in Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1961-03-02 Simone Young, Australian conductor (Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic, 2005-15), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1962-10-16 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1963-01-25 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • 1963-05-11 Nina Stemme [Thöldte], Swedish dramatic soprano opera singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1963-06-07 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • 1964-09-04 René Pape, German opera singer (bass), born in Dresden, East Germany
  • 1965-10-14 Constantine Koukias, Tasmanian composer and opera director, born in Hobart, Australia
  • 1965-11-09 Bryn Terfel, Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer, born in Pant Glas, United Kingdom
  • 1966-02-09 Amanda Roocroft, British operatic soprano, born in Coppull, Lancashire, England
  • 1966-04-19 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France
  • 1967-09-27 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, born in Belgrade (d. 2020)
  • 1969-06-24 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop/operatic soprano singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1970-01-02 Robert Fertitta, American operatic countertenor, born in New York City
  • 1970-02-27 Patricia Petibon, French opera singer, born in Montargis, France
  • 1970-10-13 Paul Potts, British opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent 2007, born in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England
  • 1970-12-29 Aled Jones, Welsh pop-opera singer, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
  • 1971-09-18 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer, born in Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1972-12-21 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1973-03-07 Sébastien Izambard, French operatic pop singer (Il Divo), born in Paris, France
  • 1974-06-28 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor, born Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1975-03-06 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, French Canadian conductor (Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain, 2000-; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2010-26; Metropolitan Opera, 2018-present), born in Montréal, Quebec
  • 1978-04-06 Myleene Klass, British pop-opera singer,born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1980-08-19 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1981-02-19 Vitas [Vitaly Grachev], Russian operatic-pop singer (Opera #2), born in Daugavpils, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)
  • 1987-09-30 Aida Garifullina, Russian soprano (Operalia 2013), born in Kazan, Russia
  • 1988-10-10 Jodie Devos, Belgian operatic soprano, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium

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