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Subject: October 21, 2004
From: "Walter R. Lonis" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Walter R. Lonis
Date:Thu, 21 Oct 2004 19:52:38 -0400
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October 21, 2004

                              BIRTHDAY – SINGER
Alexander, John (t) U.S. (67) b. Meriddian, MS, Oct. 21, 1923 d. Dec. 8,
1990:  MET: Dec. 19, 1961 [Ferrando] Così Fan Tutte, 27-seasons (1961-88)
373-perf. in 37-roles.

Collins, Kenneth (t) Eng. b. Birmingham, Oct. 21, 1935;

Medus, Henri (bs) (1904-1985) Algerian. b. Guelma, Algiers, Oct. 21, 1904;
d. Nov. 11, 1985:

Planel, Jean  (t) (1903-???) Fr.  Oct. 21, 1903;

Surjan, Georgio (bs) It. b. Rijeka, Oct. 21, 1954;  MET:  Debut Oct. 22,
1997 [Basilio] Il Barbiere di Siviglia, 1-season (97-98) 4-perf. of 1-role. .

Waldoff, Claire (s) (1884-1957) b. Gelsenkirchenborn, Oct. 21, 1884; d. Jan.
22, 1957:

Zeani, Virginia [Virginia Zehan]  (s) Romanian. b. Solovastru, Oct 21, 1925;
MET: Debut: Nov. 12, 1966 [Violetta] La Traviata, 1 season (1966-67) 3
perf., 2 works.

                                   FEATURED ARTIST
Govoni, Marcello (b/t) (1885-1944) It. (58) b. Bologna, Oct. 21, 1885; d.
Rome, Oct. 10, 1944:  He had an incredible career. He started vocal studies
as a bass. He made his debut around 1909 as a baritone. In that period he
alternated roles between light baritone and basso buffo roles. In 1918 he
started to sing as a tenor making his debut at the Comunale in Bologna as
[Werther]. After he retired, he became an important

                                   OPERA - COMPOSER
BURGHAUSER: Jarmil [Hajku, Michal] (com/opera) (1921-1997) Czech. b. Oct.
21, 1921; d. Feb. 19, 1997;

CANTELOUBE: (de Calaret), Marie Joseph (com/opera) (1879-1957) Fr.  b. Oct.
21, 1879;  d. Nov. 4, 1957:

                                    OPERA - CONDUCTOR
Solti, Georg (con/opera) (1912-1997) Hun-born, Eng. b. Budapest, Oct. 21,
1912; d. Antibes, Sep. 5, 1997: MET: Tannhauser, Dec. 17, 1960, 3 seasons
(1960-61, 62-64) 37 perf., 7 works.

                                         DÉBUT
MAX STRAKOSCH OPERA CO: 1ST U.S. Emma Albani (s) (1847-1930) Can. Bellini:
[Amina] La Sonnambula (1874).

MET:  Mario Bertolino (bs) It. Massenet: [Bailiff] Werther (1978).

MET: Michael Cousins (t) Has sung at Düsseldorf, Santa Fe, San Francisco and
Detroit.  MET:  Debut: Oct. 21, 1989 [Almaviva] Il Barbiere di Siviglia, 2
seasons (1989-90, 91-92) 3 perf., 1 work.

FLORENCE: Luisa Tetrazzini (s) (1871-1940) It. Meyerbeer: [Inez] L’Africane
(1890).

MET: Felicia Weathers (s) U.S. Tschaikovsky: [Lisa] Pikovaya Dama (1965).

                                   PREMIER
ARIOSTI: “Teuzzone” London (1727).
AUDRAN:  “La poupée” Paris (1896).
COLASSE: “Polyxene et Pyrrhus” Paris (1706).
DELIUS: "Fennimore and Gerda"  Frankfurt (1919).
GLOVER: W. H. "Ruy Blas"  London, CG (1861)
GRETRY:  "Richard Cœur-de-lion"  Paris (1784).
KOSMA:  “Les hussards”  Lyons (1969).
MENOTTI: "Le Dernier Sauvage"  Paris (1963).
MUSSORGSKY:  "Sorochinskaya yarmarka" Moscow (1913); completed by Cui.
LEHÀR: U.S. Premier, "Die lustige Witwe" New Amsterdam Theatre (1907).

Offenbach:  "Orphee aux enfers"  Paris (1858); [rev. version; Feb. 7, 1874].

SALIERI: “La secchia rapita” Vienna (1772).

                                 TODAY’S QUESTION
In Bellini’s La Sonnambula, who is the peasant in love with Lisa? (3)

a. Althouse.
b. Alkestis.
c. Alfonso.
d. Almirena.
e. Alessio.

wlonis

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. Lonis

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