October 16, 2004
BIRTHDAY – SINGER
Bechi, Geno (b) (1913-1993) It. (79) b. Florence, Oct. 16, 1913; d.
Florence, Feb. 2, 1993:
Blankenburg, Heinz (b) U.S. b. New York, Oct. 16, 1931;
Boué, Geori (s) Fr. b. Toulouse, Oct. 16, 1918;
Campo, Sofia del (s) (1884-1964) Chilean. (79) b. Chile, Oct. 16, 1884; d.
Santiago, June 24, 1964:
Elkins, Margreta (m/s) Aussie. b. Brisbane, Oct 16, 1932;
Hvorostovsky, Dimitri (b) Russ. b. Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Oct. 16, 1962;
Murphy, Suzanne (s) b. Oct. 16, 1951;
Speiser, Elisabeth (s) Swiss. b. Zurich, Oct. 16, 1940;
Tamar, Iano (s) b. Oct. 16, 1963;
Wilhorst, Cora de (s) (1835-????) U.S. b. NYC, Oct. 16, 1835; d. ????:
Chambers, Madelaine [Madelaine Herenchak] Born Alice Chemerys (s)
(1926-1999) U.S. (72) b. New York, Oct. 16, 1926; d. Philadelphia, PA, Apr.
30, 1999: (Leukemia) She received extensive musical training at an early
age, and attended New York University, Columbia University, the Juilliard
School of Music, and received a Fulbright Scholarship for one year's study
in Italy (1952). She began by performing in light opera and singing in
supper clubs around New York. Chambers took first place at the
International Competition for Opera Singers at Lausanne, Switzerland. She
was the recipient of numerous awards both at home and abroad, and won the
Metropolitan Auditions of the Air (1955). She made her operatic début
[Musetta] La Boheme, Teatro Nuovo, Milan (1954); NYCO [Micaela] Carmen. She
also appeared here in Colorado at the Central City Opera Festival. She
retired from singing full-time to raise her children. Chambers also pursued
a career as a voice teacher, her career spanned some forty years. MET: Debut
Feb. 2, 1956 [Second Lady] Die Zauberflöte, 4 seasons, 136 perf., 11 roles.
OPERA - COMPOSER
DOPPLER: [Albert] Franz (com/opera) (1821-1883) Austrian, b. Lwów, Oct. 16,
1821; d. Baden, near Vienna, July 27, 1883:
OPERA - CONDUCTOR
Lewis, Henry (conductor) (1932-1996) U.S. b. Los Angeles, Oct. 16, 1932;
d. New York, Jan. 26, 1996: MET: Concert: Aug. 7, 1965, 6-seasons
(1964-65, 72-77) 139-perf. Of 6-works.
MET: Victor Braun (b) (1935-2001) Can. [Onegin] Eugene Onegin (1984).
MET: Alessandro Corbelli (b) It. b. Turin, 1952; Studied and sang at the
Academia Chigiana, Siena (1975). Has sung at La Scala, Paris, Vienna, CG,
Philadelphia, and Chicago. MET: Debut Oct. 16, 1997 [Dandini] La
Cenerentola, (as of 2000) 2 seasons (1997-98, 99-2000) 7 perf., 1 work.
MET: Aaton Diakov (t) MET: Début: Oct. 16, 1963 [Colline] La Boheme, 1
seasons (1963-64) 8 perf., 2 works.
GHENT: Royal Opera, Octave Dua (t) (1882-1952) Belgian. Composer: Van der
Meulen, [Nage] Liva (1903).
BERLIN: Opera, Geraldine Farrar (s) (1882-1967) U.S. [Marguerite] Faust (1901).
PARIS: Theatre-Italien, Guila Grisi (s) (1811-1869) It. Semiramide (1832).
MET: David Holloway (t) Puccini: [Yamadori] Madama Butterfly (1973.
MET: William Walker (b) U.S. Puccini: [Commissioner] Madama Butterfly (1962).
MET: Susan Davenny Wyner (s/con) U.S. [Woglinde] Das Rheingold, this was the
only performance by this soprano turned conductor (1981).
ALESSANDRI: “L'ouverture du grand opera italien à Nankin” Berlin (1790); [La
compagnia d'opera a Nanchino]
Bononcini: Giovanni “Gli amori di Cefalo e Procri” Berlin (1704).
CELLIER: “Nell Gwynne” Manchester (1876).
FALL: “Die Kaiserin” Berlin (1916).
Graffigna: “Maria di Brabante” Trieste (1952).
HASSE: “Il Ruggiero ovvero L’eroica gratitudine” Milan (1771).
HALLÉN: “Harald Viking” Leipzig (1881).
Kodaly: “Hary Janos” Budapest (1926).
KRENEK: “Zwingburg” Berlin (1924).
LEONCAVALLO: “A chi la giarettiera?” posthumous/operetta; Rome (1919).
ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S QUESTION
In the Cornelius opera ‘The Barber of Bagdad’ who is Nureddin in love with? (5)
a. Wonder Woman.
ANSWER: e. Margiana.
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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