Opera in History (Part 4)

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Events in Music

Events 301 - 400 of 448

  • 1927-02-17 Deems Taylor's opera "The King's Henchman", with libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay, premieres at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC
  • 1927-02-21 Franz Lehár's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • 1927-04-22 Roger Sessions' 1st Symphony in E premieres with Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Music Premiere

1927-12-28 Arthur Honegger's opera "Antigone" premieres with a libretto by Jean Cocteau, sets by Pablo Picasso and costumes by Coco Chanel at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels

Theater Premiere

1928-08-31 Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weil's play with music "The Threepenny Opera" premieres at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin

  • 1929-04-04 Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II's operetta "The New Moon" opens at the Drury Lane Theatre in London's West End

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1930-02-01 Arnold Schoenberg's opera "Von heute auf morgen" ("From Today to Tomorrow") premieres at the Oper Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1930-03-09 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's satirical opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" premieres in Leipzig, Germany

Music Premiere

1930-03-28 1st performance of Walter Piston's Suite for orchestra (Boston)

  • 1931-02-07 American 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
  • 1931-11-11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco, California
  • 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 at the Semperoper Opera House in Dresden, Germany
  • 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, NYC

Music Premiere

1934-05-25 Béla Bartók's "Cantata Profana - The Nine Enchanted Stags" premieres in London, England, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Wireless Chorus conducted by Aylmer Buesst

Music Release

1934-10-20 Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"

Music Premiere

1935-09-30 George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" premieres in Boston

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

Music History

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

  • 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
  • 1937-06-08 "Carmina Burana", the first work of Carl Orff's Trionfi cantata trilogy, premieres at the Oper Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1939-03-23 1st performance of Béla Bartók's 2nd Violin Concerto at the Concertgebow, Amsterdam with Zoltán Székely on violin and Willem Mengelberg conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • 1940-03-10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC: Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci"
  • 1940-04-16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro

Music History

1941-02-15 Greek-American singer Maria Callas makes her professional opera debut as Beatrice, in Franz von Suppé's "Boccaccio" at the Olympia Theatre in Athens, Greece

Music Premiere

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"
  • 1943-11-06 "Catulli Carmina (Songs of Catullus)", the second work of Carl Orff's Trionfi cantata trilogy premieres at the Leipzig Opera
  • 1943-12-23 Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" becomes 1st complete opera to be telecast (WGRB, Schenectady, New York)

Music Concert

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]

Music Premiere

1944-03-03 Premiere performance of US Army Corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony by the Boston Symphony, conducted by Serge Koussevitzky in Boston, Massachusetts

Music Premiere

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

  • 1946-04-05 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • 1946-07-12 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival
  • 1946-09-05 "Yours Is My Heart", an adaptation of Franz Lehar's operetta "The Land of Smiles", opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • 1947-01-04 Revival of Victor Herbert's operetta "The Red Mill" closes at 46th Street Theater, NYC, after 531 performances
  • 1947-02-18 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone" premieres in NYC
  • 1947-08-06 1st performance of Hector Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • 1947-09-27 Revival of Victor Herbert's 1913 operetta "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC. after 288 performances
  • 1948-05-24 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres at Arts Theatre, Cambridge, England
  • 1948-07-18 Emmerich Kálmán's operetta "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 168 performances
  • 1948-09-20 Heitor Villa-Lobos' folk operetta "Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; runs for 88 performances
  • 1948-10-16 Revival of Victor Herbert and Henry Blossom's operetta "The Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; rums for 831 performances
  • 1948-11-29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • 1949-01-16 Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 23 performances
  • 1949-10-09 English ballerina Margot Fonteyn debuts in America with her performance in Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York
  • 1950-03-15 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 269 performances
  • 1950-05-09 Norman Dello Joio's opera, "The Triumph of St. Joan", premieres in Bronxville, New York

Music Premiere

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

  • 1950-12-13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs 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 Igor Stravinsky's opera "The Rake's Progress", with libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, premieres at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy
  • 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 opera commissioned for television - "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti premieres on NBC with the NBC Opera Theater
  • 1952-11-06 Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "About our Fatherland" premieres
  • 1954-03-12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's opera "Moses und Aaron", in a concert setting in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1954-09-14 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice
  • 1954-12-03 Samuel Barber's cantata "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres
  • 1954-12-03 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • 1954-12-27 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in ,NYC; runs for 92 performances

Sports History

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 after it was destroyed in World War II, with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio"
  • 1956-07-07 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • 1956-10-29 Greek-American soprano Maria Callas makes her Metropolitan Opera debut, in the title role of Bellini's "Norma"
  • 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

Music Premiere

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

  • 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
  • 1960-07-01 Benjamin Britten's cantata "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1960-12-17 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres
  • 1961-01-27 Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli make debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in "Il trovatore"; final curtain call lasts 35 minutes
  • 1961-05-20 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen

Music Concert

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

Music History

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

  • 1963-03-13 Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC
  • 1963-08-03 Warner Bros. Records releases single of Allan Sherman's novelty song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)", set to music of Amilcare Ponchielli's, "Dance of the Hours" from his 1876 opera "La Gioconda"

Music Premiere

1964-04-19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin, Germany

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 518

  • 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)
  • 1925-03-28 Dmytro Hnatyuk, Ukrainian baritone (1951-88), opera director State Opera, 1975-88), and parliamentarian, born in Mămăești, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1926-01-01 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian operatic tenor, born in Château-Richer, Québec (d. 2005)
  • 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 (Susanna; Prince of Players), born in Latta, South Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1926-10-29 Jon Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor (Covent Garden, 1957-87; New York Metropolitan Opera, 1960-87), born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1926-12-16 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1988)

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1927-02-10 American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess, Aida; Metropolitan Opera. 1961-85), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • 1927-02-11 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 1927-02-26 Donald Gramm, American concert and opera bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1927-03-01 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • 1927-03-06 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1927-06-02 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • 1927-07-02 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1927-07-20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1927-11-24 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish bel canto tenor (Massenet - "Werther"; La Scala; New York Metroplolitan Opera, 1966-94), born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands (d. 1999)
  • 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, Britiish lyric tenor, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1928-04-14 Egil Monn-Iversen, Norwegian pianist, composer, and conductor (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, 1981-96), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2017)
  • 1928-05-25 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, and musical director (Hungarian National Theater, 1951-66; Budapest Operetta, 1974-79). born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • 1928-11-14 Leopoldine "Leonie" Rysanek, Austrian dramatic soprano (Vienna State Opera 1954-96; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-96), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1998)
  • 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 (d. 2021) [1]
  • 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 operatic basso 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) [1]
  • 1929-10-18 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1929-11-05 Ottmar "Otti" Fraai, Curacaos-Dutch operatic tenor, in Willemstad, Curaçao
  • 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 (Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1930-09-29 Richard Bonynge, Australian opera conductor (Dame Joan Sutherland, 1962-90; Metropolitan Opera, 1966-91; Vancouver Opera, 1974-82), born in Epping, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1930-10-05 Arlene Saunders [Soszynski], American soprano, 1961-85 (Hamburg Opera; New York Metropolitan Opera), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1931-03-05 Anthony Hedges, British light music and orchestral composer (Humberside Cantata), born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2019)
  • 1931-03-13 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Wagner's Die Walküre - "Grimgerde"; Barber's Vanessa - "Erika"), and opera director, born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1931-06-11 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931-07-25 Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2018)
  • 1931-08-28 John Shirley-Quirk, British operatic bass-baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1931-09-22 Nello Santi, Italian opera conductor (Opernhaus Zürich; NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Adria, Veneto, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1932-02-19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, French opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • 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, Scottish TV executive (Channel 4) and opera company manager (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1987-96) born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1933-03-23 Norman Bailey, British operatic bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman), in Birmingham, England
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish bel canto operatic soprano, and unlikely pop star (with Freddie Mercury - Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1935-09-14 Pompeiu Hărăşteanu, Romanian basso profondo singer (Opera Bonn, 1968-72; Romanian National Opera, 1972-2012), born in Gheorgheni, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 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 soprano opera singer (Bavarian State Opera, 1961-73), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1936-07-26 Rodney Milne [Blumer], British opera critic (Opera magazine, 1971-99), musicologist, and libretto translator, born in Stafford, England (d. 2015)
  • 1936-08-17 Ivan Parik, Czech classical and electro-acoustic composer (Quadrophony), born in Bratislava (d. 2005)
  • 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
  • 1937-08-02 Gundula Janowitz, Austrian concert and operatic soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1959-90), and vocal teacher, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1937-08-11 Barbara Smith Conrad, American operatic mezzo-soprano singer, and educator (Wagner Theater), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 1938-04-11 Lamberto Puggelli, Italian stage and opera director (Spoleto Festival), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1938-05-26 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938-05-30 Lone Koppel, Danish operatic soprano (Danish Royal Theatre, 1962-93) and avant garde rock singer (Savage Garden), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, Welsh operatic bass, born in Gorseinon, Wales
  • 1938-09-20 Jane Manning, British concert and operatic soprano, eductor, and promoter of contemporary classical music, born in Norwich, England (d. 2021)
  • 1938-10-13 Enzo Dara, Italian operatic basso buffo (The Barber of Seville - "Don Bartolo"), and author, born in Mantua, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1939-03-08 Robert Tear, Welsh tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 301 - 400 of 404

  • 2009-06-05 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director, dies at 97
  • 2009-10-12 Ian Wallace, British buffo bass-baritone opera and concert singer ("Gendarmes' Duet"), and broadcaster (BBC's My Music, 1964-97), dies at 90
  • 2009-12-18 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), dies at 96
  • 2010-02-13 John Reed, British comic actor and singer (Gilbert & Sullivan; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1951-79), dies after a stroke on his 94th birthday
  • 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, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 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
  • 2013-05-17 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), dies at 93
  • 2013-08-08 Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2013-08-11 Lamberto Puggelli, Italian stage and opera director (Spoleto Festival), dies at 75
  • 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
  • 2014-06-28 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), dies at 93
  • 2014-07-25 Carlo Bergonzi, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 90
  • 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 Maria Radner, German operatic contralto, specializing in Wagner, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 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
  • 2015-12-04 Rodney Milne [Blumer], British opera critic (Opera magazine, 1971-99), musicologist, and libretto translator, dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2016-03-04 Zhou Xiaoyan, Chinese operatic soprano and pedagogue (Shanghai Conservatory, 1949-65 and 1970-78), dies at 98
  • 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
  • 2016-04-29 Dmytro Hnatyuk, Ukrainian baritone (1951-88), opera director State Opera, 1975-88), and parliamentarian, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 2016-09-08 Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor, dies of liver cancer at 51
  • 2016-10-05 Pompeiu Hărăşteanu, Romanian basso profondo singer (Opera Bonn, 1968-72; Romanian National Opera, 1972-2012), dies at 81
  • 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 [Peterman], American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), dies of Parkinson's disease 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
  • 2017-04-14 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), dies at 76
  • 2017-05-22 Barbara Smith Conrad, American operatic mezzo-soprano singer, and educator (Wagner Theater), dies at 79
  • 2017-06-22 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • 2017-07-07 Egil Monn-Iversen, Norwegian pianist, composer, and conductor (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, 1981-96), dies at 89
  • 2017-08-25 Enzo Dara, Italian operatic basso buffo (The Barber of Seville - "Don Bartolo"), and author, dies at 78
  • 2017-09-11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • 2017-10-09 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012), dies at 88 [1]
  • 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 (New York City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), dies at 71
  • 2018-01-03 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, dies at 84
  • 2018-02-08 Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, dies at 86
  • 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
  • 2018-10-06 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish bel canto operatic soprano, and unlikely pop star (with Freddie Mercury - Barcelona), dies at 85
  • 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
  • 2019-03-08 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 2019-06-19 Anthony Hedges, British light music and orchestral composer (Humberside Cantata), dies at 88
  • 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]
  • 2020-02-06 Nello Santi, Italian opera conductor (Opernhaus Zürich; NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a blood infection at 80
  • 2020-03-31 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, dies at 83
  • 2020-04-17 Arlene Saunders [Soszynski], American soprano, 1961-85 (Hamburg Opera; New York Metropolitan Opera), dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • 2020-05-03 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Wagner's Die Walküre - "Grimgerde"; Barber's Vanessa - "Erika"), and opera director, dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2020-05-25 Joel Revzen, American opera conductor and pianist, dies of Covid-19 at 74
  • 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
  • 2021-03-31 Jane Manning, British concert and operatic soprano, educator, and promoter of contemporary classical music, dies at 82
  • 2021-04-24 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), dies at 93
  • 2021-07-17 Graham Vick, British opera director (Birmingham Opera Company, 1987-2020), dies of Covid-19 complications at 67
  • 2021-09-28 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Susanna; Prince of Players), dies at 95
  • 2021-10-18 Edita Gruberová, Slovak operatic soprano, dies at 74