On This Day

Opera in History (Part 5)

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Events in Music

Events 401 - 441 of 441

Music Premiere

1971-05-16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London

Music History

1971-10-12 Rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opens at Mark Hellinger on Broadway, NYC for 711 performances

Music Premiere

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

Music Concert

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1974-03-16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville

Music History

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.

Music History

1981-01-08 Joseph Papp's revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, and Kevin Kline, opens at the Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 772 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • 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

Music History

1985-01-03 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

  • 1987-10-22 American composer John Adams's first opera, "Nixon in China", premieres at the Houston Grand Opera, in Houston, Texas
  • 1989-11-05 Revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil's "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs 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 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record

Music History

1990-09-07 New York City Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes' "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater, NYC; runs for 6 performances

  • 1991-08-10 New York City Opera's limited run production of Stephen Sondhiem's "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • 1991-10-17 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City
  • 1994-01-31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo", built in 1847, burns down for the second time; re-built and re-opens in 1999
  • 1994-04-09 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette, Branford Marsalis, and Larry Adler
  • 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

Music History

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

Music History

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

  • 2004-03-13 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"
  • 2005-10-04 Palace of the Arts - the world's tallest opera house and last major structure of the City of Arts and Science's complex, designed by Santiago Calatrava, opens in Valencia [1]
  • 2006-02-10 XX Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance
  • 2008-03-11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue
  • 2009-10-14 Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo is awarded the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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

Birthdays 401 - 486 of 486

  • 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
  • 1945-10-20 Thomas Pasatieri, American opera composer (Frau Margot), born in New York City
  • 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)

Linda Ronstadt

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

  • 1946-10-10 Willard White, Jamaican-British operatic bass baritone, born in Kingston, Jamaica

José Carreras

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

  • 1946-12-23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2021)
  • 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 Grammy, Emmy, and Olivier Award-winning operatic soprano (Wagner's Tannhäuser - "the Shephard"), 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 mezzo-soprano singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1976-97), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2022)
  • 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
  • 1952-08-07 Ian Hobson, British pianist, opera conductor and music professor, born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
  • 1952-08-10 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-12-30 Graham Vick, British opera director (Birmingham Opera Company, 1987-2020), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2021)
  • 1954-03-01 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American violist and operatic mezzo-soprano, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2006)
  • 1955-04-29 Gino Quilico, Canadian Grammy Award-winning 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
  • 1965-08-19 Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor, born in Rustenburg, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 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
  • 1966-11-24 Russell Watson, British pop-opera singer
  • 1967-05-16 Kirmo Lintinen, Finnish jazz and contemporary classical pianist, conductor, and composer (Cantata Proverbiorum), born in Saarijärvi, Finland
  • 1967-09-27 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, born in Belgrade (d. 2020)
  • 1968-10-13 Carlos Marín, Spanish pop-opera baritone (Il Divo), born in Mörfelden-Walldorf, West Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1969-02-13 Joyce DiDonato (née Flaherty), American Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano (La Scala, 2000; New York Metropolitan Opera, 2006), born in Prairie Village, Kansas
  • 1969-06-24 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop and 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

Audra McDonald

1970-07-03 Audra McDonald, American Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning theatrical and operatic singer, and stage and screen actress (Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill; Sweeney Todd; Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Private Practice, The Good Wife), born in West Berlin

  • 1970-10-13 Paul Potts, British pop-opera singer and 1st winner of Britain's Got Talent (2007), born in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England
  • 1970-11-04 Malena Ernman, Swedish opera singer, born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • 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
  • 1972-11-24 Lawrence Brownlee, American operatic tenor (The Barber of Seville), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 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
  • 1979-08-15 Ailyn Perez, American operatic soprano, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1980-08-19 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1980-10-23 Eun Sun Kim, South Korean conductor (San Francisco Opera), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1981-02-19 Vitas [Vitaly Grachev], Russian operatic-pop singer (Opera #2), born in Daugavpils, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)
  • 1981-05-07 Maria Radner, German operatic contralto, specializing in Wagner, born in Düsseldorf, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1981-05-12 Asmik Grigorian, Lithuanian operatic soprano, in born Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1982-05-08 Anthony Roth Costanzo, American operatic countertenor (Akhnaten), actor, and educator, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1983-09-29 Lisette Oropesa, Cuban-American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 2007-present), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984-09-27 Cyrille Dubois, French operatic tenor and lieder singer, born in Ouistreham, France
  • 1985-12-12 Sabine Devieilhe, French operatic coloratura soprano, born in Ifs, France
  • 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
  • 1990-12-08 Jakub Józef Orliński, Polish operatic countertenor singer, and break-dancer, born in Warsaw, Poland

Weddings in Music

Deaths in Music