Opera in History (Part 4)

Events in Music

Events 301 - 383 of 383

  • 1942-07-05 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Choros 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

Music concertMusic Concert

1944-01-18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • 1944-03-05 1st performance of Walter Piston's 2nd Symphony
  • 1945-06-05 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946-03-25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto"

Composer Igor Stravinsky
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 in Cambridge
  • 1948-06-12 "William Tell" French opera by Gioachino Rossini premieres in Salle Le Peletier, Paris
  • 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
  • 1950-05-12 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • 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
  • 1951-09-11 Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice
  • 1951-12-01 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 1951-12-24 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
  • 1952-05-02 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres
  • 1957-03-08 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • 1957-03-30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony

  • 1957-08-11 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich

Music releaseMusic 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

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1959-03-02 Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
  • 1960-04-23 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • 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

Music concertMusic 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

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1963-03-13 Hindemith & Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC
  • 1964-04-19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin
  • 1964-08-08 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
  • 1964-12-28 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "The Execution of Stepan Razin"
  • 1965-03-05 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony
  • 1965-04-28 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni
  • 1966-09-16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • 1968-05-02 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
  • 1969-05-23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • 1970-12-02 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • 1971-05-16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

AustraliaSydney Opera House

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

The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1974-03-16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1996-01-29 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire
  • 1996-07-01 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-08-23 Tenor Plácido Domingo sings his 150th opera role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Salzburg Festival, Austria

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 2019-12-08 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Birthdays in Music

Weddings in Music

Deaths in Music