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Subject: April 2, 2004
From: "Walter R. Lonis" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Walter R. Lonis
Date:Fri, 2 Apr 2004 15:31:04 -0500

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April 2, 2004

                             BIRTHDAY – SINGER
Bockelmann, Rudolf (bs/b) (1892-1958) Ger. (66) b. Bodenteich, Apr. 2,
1892; d. Oct 9, 1958:

Cantelo, April (s)  b. Apr. 2, 1926/28;

Delhaye, Albert (t) (1916-1978) Belgian. (62) b. Dour, Apr. 2, 1916; d.
Brussels,  1978:

Dickey, Murry (t) (1924-1995) Scot. (70) b. nr Glasgow, April 2, 1924. d.
Jan. 19, 1995: MET: Début Oct. 18, 1962 [David] Die Meistersinger von

Nürnberg, 6-seasons (1962-65, 66-67, 70-72) 34-perf.  3 roles.
Ericson, Barbro (m/s) Swed. b. Halmsted, Apr. 2, 1930;

van Dyck, Ernest  (t) (1861-1923) Belgian. (62) b. Antwerp, Apr, 2 1861;
d. Berlaer-lez-Lierre, Aug. 31, 1923:  MET: Début Nov. 9, 1898
[Tannhäuser] Tannhäuser  4-seasons (1898-1902) 113-perf. of 7-roles.

Marculescu, Iolanda (s) b. Bucharest, Apr. 2, 1923; Début 1949
Martinoiu, Vasile (b) Romainian. b. Tirgo-Jiu,  Apr. 2, 1934;

Roesler, Frantisek (b) b. Brno, Apr. 2, 1914; Sang in premiere of
Zenichove (Fischer Jan Hus [Horky].

Uhl, Fritz (t) (1928-2001) Austrian. (73) b. Vienna, Apr. 2, 1928;  d. May
21, 2001:

                               FEATURED ARTIST
Vanzo, Alain (t) (1928-2002) Fr. (73) b. Monaco, Apr.  2, 1928;  d.
Gournay, Jan. 27, 2002:  He was a tenor of great French tradition. Vanzo
won an international tenor competition in Cannes (1954).  Actually there
were five winners, Gustave Botiaux, Guy Chauvet, Roger Gardes, Tony
Poncet, and Alain Vanzo.  He sang with Sutherland in her spectacular
[Lucia] (1959).  He sang with Monserrat Caballé at Carnegie Hall Lucrezia
Borgia (1965).  Vanzo was active as a composer, his operetta Pecheurs
d`etoile  premiered at Lille (1972), and opera Les Chouans, had its
premier in Avignon. His last important appearance was as Robert le Diable,
with June Anderson and Samuel Ramey, at Gatnier (1985).  Vanzo active as a
singer into the mid-1990’s, and taught voice until he had a stroke.  More

                           OPERA COMPOSER
FERRARI: Giacomo (com/opera) (1763-1842) It.  Baptised, Rovereto 1763;  d.
London, Dec. ? 1842: Opera: “Les événements imprévus” (Paris,
1791); “Isabelle de Salisburi” (Paris, 1791, w/com. Mengozzi); “I due
svizzeri” (London, 1799); “Il Rinaldo d'Asti” (London, 1802); “L'eroina di
Raab” (London, 1813); “Lo sbaglio fortunato” (London, 1817).

Adler, Kurt Herbert (con/opera) (1905-1988) Austrian/Am.  b. Vienna, Apr.
2 1905; d. Ross, Ca., Feb. 9, 1988: As the dark cloud of Naziism descended
upon central Europe, he moved to the U.S.  Associated with the Chicago,
and San Francisco Opera Companies; he was the Director of the San
Francisco Opera (1956-81).

LONDON: CG. Emma Albani (s) (1847-1930) Can. [Amina] La Sonnambula (1872).

MET: Radmila Bakocevic, (s) Yugoslavian.  MET: Début:  Apr. 2, 1968 [Cio-
Cio-San] Madama Butterfly, 2 seasons (1967-69) 8 perf., 5 works.

MILAN: Alice Barbi (m/s) (1862-1948) It.  1882.
MET: Richard Best  (bs) U.S. [Apprentice] Wozzeck (1969)..
MET: Guy Chauvet (t) Fr.) [Samson] Samson et Dalila (1977).

MET: Catherine Christensen (s)  Sang Carmen in Israel, also sang in Kansas
City and New Orleans.  MET: Début:  [Singer] Dance Works Concerning
Oracles: Apr, 2, 1966, 1 season (1965-66) 2 perf., 1 work.

MET: Jean Cox (t) Wagner: [Walther] Die Meistersinger (1962).

MET: Nancy Williams (m/s) U.S. b. Cleveland OH, 1935; MET:  Début: Apr. 2,
1966: Dance Work, [Singer] Concerning Oracles, 4 seasons(1965-68, 72-73)
124 perf., 16 works.

PARIS: Concert: Ninon Vallin (s) (1886-1961) Fr.   Debussy:  Demoiselle
Elue, 1911.

COPENHAGEN: Royal Opera School: Lauritz Melchior (b/t) (1890-1973) Dane.
[Silvio] I Pagliacci (1913).

Antheil: "The Wish"  Louisville, KY (1955).
Cherubini: "La finta principessa"  London (1785).
Hass: "Charlatan"  Brno (1938).
Huber: "Die schöne Bellina"  Bern (1916).
Offenbach: "Trombalcazar, ou Les Criminels dramatiques"  Paris (1856).
Pfitzner: "Der arme Heinrich" (Poor Henry) Mainz (1895).
Rota: "La scuola di aguida"  Spoleto (1959).

                            TODAY’S QUESTION
A secret organization is created to fight Napoleon’s rising power. Two of
its members, Worms and Loewe, are rivals for Ricke’s love.  Loewe wins and
marries her.  Worms and Loewe become bitter enemies, later, Ricke finds
them both dead on the battle field.   What is the name of this opera?  (10)
Take a guess.

a. Der Prinz Wilder Willen.
b. Carmina Burana.
c. La Habanera.
d. Germania.
e. Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo.


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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