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Subject: April 1, 2004
From: "Walter R. Lonis" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Walter R. Lonis
Date:Thu, 1 Apr 2004 16:19:27 -0500

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April 1, 2004

                             BIRTHDAY – SINGER
Esser, Hermin (t) Ger. b. Rheydt, Apr. 1, 1928;

DEATH: (April) Gavarini, Renato (t) 1919-2003) It. (84) b. Parma, 1919; d.
Apr. 2003:

Howell, John Daggett (b) (1911-1969) U.S. b. California, Apr. 1, 1911; d.
NYC, June 9, 1969:

                            FEATURED ARTIST
Zanelli, Renato (b/t) (1892-1935) Chilean. (42) b. Valparaiso, Apr. 1,
1892; d. Mar. 25, 1935: His mother was Chilean and his father was Italian,
and his brother was baritone, Carlo Morelli [Zanelli] (b) (1898-1970)
Chileian.  Zanelli studied in Santiago, making his début: as a baritone
[Valentin] Faust (1916).  With advise he changed to tenor, and after a
year’s intensive study, he made his tenor début Naples [Raoul] followed by
[Alfredo] and other more lyric tenor parts.  He sang Otello, for the first
time, at Turin (1926), and the same role for his CG début (1928). Zanelli,
was considered to be the finest Otello since Tamagno.  He also became the
leading Wagnerian tenor in Italy, and sang [Tristan], [Lohengrin], and
[Siegmund].  Zanelli created the leading tenor role in Pizzetti’s Lo
Straniero, Rome (1930).  He had brief appearances in concerts in the U.S.
(1934).  His last appearance was in Otello,  at the Opera House of
Santiago de Chile (1935).  He died soon afterwards of kidney cancer.  He
made acoustic records as a baritone, and electric recordings as a tenor.
MET:  Début Nov. 19, 1919 [Amonasro] Aida, 4 seasons, 31 perf.  6-roles.

                             OPERA COMPOSER
BUSONI: Ferruccio [Dante Michelangiolo Benvenuto] (con/com/opera)  (1866-
1924) It. b. Empoli, nr Florence, Apr. 1, 1866;  d. Berlin, July 27,
1924:  Opera:  "Sigune, oder Das vergessene Dorf" (1889), “Die Brautwahl”
(1912), “Turandot” (1917), “Arlecchino” (1917), “Doktor Faust” (1925).

KAUFMANN: Walter (com opera/con) (1907-1984) Ger/Am. b. Karlsbad, Apr. 1,
1907; d. Bloomington, IN, Sep. 9, 1984: Opera: “Der grosse Dorin”
(1932); “Der Hammel bringt es an den Tag” (1932); “Esther” (1931-32); “Die
weisse Göttin” (1933); “Asasuya” (radio opera, Bombay, 1938); “The Cloak”
(after Gogel, 1933-55); “A Parfait for Irene” (Bloomington, 1952); “The
Tesearch (1951); “The Golden Touch” (short children’s opera,
1953); “Christmas Slip[pers” (television opera, 1955); “Sganarelle”
(1955); “George from Paradise” (1958); “Paracelsus” (1958); “The Scarlet
Letter” (after Hawthorne, Bloomington, 1961); “A Hoosier Tale”
(Bloomington, 1966); “Rip van Winkle” (short children’s opera, 1966).

RACHMANINOFF: Sergei [Vassilievich] (com/opera)  (1873-1943) Rus/Am. b.
Apr. 1, 1873;  d. Mar. 28, 1943: Opera: “Esmeralda” (introduction to Act I
and fragment of Act 3 only completed, 1888); “Aleko” Moscow, 1893), “The
Miserly Knight” (Moscow, 1906); “Francesca da Rimini” (Moscow,
1906); “Monna Vanna” (piano score of Act I and sketches of Act II only

MET:  Last Appearance: Maria Callas (s) (1923-1977) U.S/Grk. [Tosca] Tosca

MET: Farewell: Kirsten Flagstad (s) (1895-1962) Norwegian. [Alceste]
Alceste  (1952).

MET:  Ottaviano Naghiu (t) [Cavaradosi] Tosca (1969); MET:  3 seasons
(1968-71) 17 perf., 7 works.

ARNE: T. “Henry and Emma, or The Nut-brown Maid “ London (1749).
AUBER: “Le lac des fées” Paris (1839).
Brants Buy: “Die drei Schneider von Schönau” Dresden (1916).
CIMAROSA: "Amor rende sagace" Vienna (1793).
COPLAND: "The Tender land"  New York (1954).
DE FALLA:  "La vida breve"  Nice, 1913.
Delannoy: "Arlequin radiophile" chamber opera, Paris, 1946.

HINES: Philadelphia (1969); "I Am The Way" w/Jerome Hines (bs) (1921-2003)
U.S. [Jesus];  Lucia Evangelista (s); Janis Matise (m/s) and Roger Blake

(Note: Janis Matise (m/s);  lives in the Denver area, and we talked a
short time ago while dinning in down town Littleton)  wlonis

Hoddinott: "The Trumpet Major"  Manchester, England (1981).

KEISER: Premier (April) “Die entdeckte Verstellung oder Die geheime Liebe
der Diana” Hamburg (1712).

Massenet: "Amadis"  Monte Carlo (1922).
Menotti: "Amelia al balla"  Philadelphia, (1937).

Godard: "La Vivandière" unfinished; orchestration completed by Paul Vidal,
Paris (1895).

Gounod: "Le Tribut de Zamora"  Paris (1881).
Gounod: "Polyeucte"  Paris (1878).
PASATIERI: "Inez de Castro"  Baltimore (1976).
Stolz: "Mädi" operetta, Vienna, 1923.
Stolz: "Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen" operetta, Hague, 1932.
Tal: NYCO, U.S. Premier. “Ashmeda” w/Patricia Craig (s) [Landlady] (1976).

Originally, Giulio Cesare in Egito, an opera by Handel, featured what
voice type for Giulio Cesare?

a. Baritone.
b. mezzo-soprano.
c. Castrato.
d. Tenor.
e. Bass.

ANSWER:   b. & c. Castrato Mezzo-soprano.   The role is now sung by a


The reference material for this posting, was researched and obtained from
many sources. Including: internet  web sites, encyclopedias, dictionaries,
biographical publications, newspapers, my local Library, information
furnished by forum members, the Metropolitan Annuals, my own reference
library consisting of; complete Opera scores and libretti, biographical
publications, Opera News, numerous publications on the subject of opera
and opera singers, and of course, my personal recollections.  Walter R.

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