FEBRUARY 12, 2003
BIRTHDAY - SINGERS
*Burchuladze, Paata (bs) Georgian. b. Tbilisi, Georgian, Feb. 12, 1951;
Began to study in his native Tbilisi, and completed his studies at the
Bolshoi School in Moscow. After his Tbilisi debut in 1976, he trained
with Simionato in Milan. He took part in a number of singing
competitions, sang at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Boris Godunov, and then
embarked on a busy career which included appearances in leading opera
houses across Europe and the U. S.. He sang at La Scala, Aida and
Nabucco, and at the Vienna Staatsoper Luisa Miller, Il barbiere di
Sivigila and Kovanshchina. MET: Début: Sep. 25, 1989 [Ramfis] Aida, 4
seasons (1989-91, 95-96, 98-99) 30 perf., 5 roles.
*Cruz-Romo, Gilda (s) Mex. b. Guadalajara, Feb. 12, 1940; Has sung at
Pittsburgu, Fort Worth, Milwakee, Vienna, Chile and Paris. MET: Début:
May 8, 1970; [Maddalena] Andrea Chénier, 14 seasons (1969-74, 75-84) 162
perf., 13 works.
Death: Engelman, Wilfred (b) (1886-1978) U.S. (92) b. Detroit, 1905; d.
Cincinnati, Feb. 1978: MET: Début: May 11, 1936 [Morales] Carmen, 8
seasons (1935-43) 337 perf., 42 roles.
Konetzni, Anny (c/s) (1902-1968) Austrian. b. Vienna, Feb. 12, 1902; d.
Vienna, Sep. 6, 1968: Sister of Hilde Konetzni. She studied at the
Vienna Conservatory with Erik Schmedes (1868-1931) Dane., and made her
stage début at the Volksoper in 1925 as a contralto. After provincial
engagements and guest appearances in the Ring at Paris (1929); she joined
the Berlin Staatsoper in 1931. In 1933, she appeared at Buenos Aires and
soon after became a member of the Vienna Staatsoper. In 1935, she sang
Brünnhilde under Beecham at Covent Garden, then returned to London in
three of the next four seasons, and was invited back to sing in Die
Walküre in the 1951 Ring. She also appeared at Salzburg, New York, Rome
and at other leading houses. Her voice, in its prime a strong, pure
dramatic soprano, was not supported by a particularly impressive stage
presence. She retired in 1955, and illness obliged her to give up
teaching at the Vienna Music Academy in 1957. Her singing is preserved in
various compilations of recordings originally made between the 1930s and
50s; of these the most impressive are excerpts from Tristan und Isolde,
and Parsifal. MET: Début: Dec. 26, 1934 [Brünhilde] Die Walküre, 1
season (1934-35) 9 perf., 5 works.
*Olvis, William (t) (1928-1998) U.S. b. Los Angelis, CA, Feb. 12, 1928;
d. Forest Falls, CA, Nov. 27, 1998: (throat cancer) Appeared in motion
pictures: Interrupted Melody (1955) (unaccredited) .... Tenor, and Deep
in My Heart (1954) ….Prince Karl Franz in 'The Student Prince' MET:
Début Nov. 18, 1958 [Priest] Die Zauberflöte, 7 seasons (1958-63, 66-68)
101 perf. 19 roles.
Pueblo, CO, Pueblo Sym., Orch: William Warfield (bs) (1920-2002) Afro/Am.
Excerpts from Boris Godunov, 1970.
Met. Gloria Davy (s) Afro/Am. Has sung in Brussels, Lourdes and
Switzerland. MET: Début: Feb. 12, 1958 [Aida] Aida, 4 seasons (1957-61)
15 perf., 4 works.
Met. Dusolina Giannini (s) (1902-1986) U.S. Verdi: [Aida] Aďda, 1936.
Balfe: "The Armourer of Nantes" London, 1863.
Catel: "Bayard ŕ Mézičres" Paris, 1814..
Cherubini/Boieldieu/Catel/Nicolo: "Bayard ŕ Mézieres" Paris, 1814.
Dvorák: "Jakobín" Prague, 1889; rev. 1897.
Fibich: "Hedy" Prague, 1896.
Flotow: "Albin, oder Der Pflegesohn" Vienna, 1856; rev. "Der Müller von
Gnecchi: "La Rosiera" Gera, 1927.
Herbert: "The Viceroy" Operetta, San Francisco, 1900.
Holoubek: "Túzba" Bratislava, 1944.
Mercadante: "Pelagio" tragedia lirica, Naples, 1857.
Offenbach: "Croquefer, ou Le Dernier des paladins" Paris, 1857.
Planquette: "La Cocarde tricolore" Paris, 1892.
Wolf-Farrari: 1936 "Il campiello" La Scala.
"In Bocca al Lupo"