January 11, 2006
BIRTHDAY – SINGER
Bindernagel, Gertrude (s) (1894-1932) Ger. (38) b. Magdeburg, Jan. 11, 1894;
d. Nov. 3, 1932: (“Murder Victim”) Berlin: Shot by her husband after a
performance of Siegfried..
Danise, Giuseppe (b) (1882-1963) It. (80) b. Jan. 11, 1882; d. Jan. 9, 1963:
Married Bidu Sayao (s). MET: Debut: Nov. 17, 1920 [Amonasro] Aida (1920-32)
425 perf., 30 works.
Dorliak, Xenia (s) (1882-1945) Russ. (63) b. St Petersburg, Jan. 11, 1882;
d. Moscow, Mar. 8, 1945:
Foerstrova-Lauterova, Berta (s) (1869-1936) Czech. (67) b. Prague, Jan. 11,
1869; d. Apr. 9, 1936:
Guiot, Andrea (s) Fr. b. Garons-Saint-gilles, Jan. 11, 1928;
Maievsky, Maurice (t) Fr. b. Paris, Jan. 11, 1928;
Minter, Drew (ct) U.S. b. Washington DC, Jan. 11, 1955;
Oliviero, Lodovico (t) (1886-1948) It. (62) b. Palermo, Jan. 11, 1886; d.
New York, Feb. 25, 1948: MET: Debut: May 11, 1936 [Remendado] Carmen
(1936-37, 39-48) 457 perf., 28 works.
Pasero, Tancredi (bs) (1893-1983) It. (94) b. Turin, Jan. 11, 1889; d.
Milan, Feb. 17, 1983: MET: Debut Nov. 29, 1929, [Alvise] La Gioconda
(1929-33) 117 perf., 17 works.
Rosing, Vladimir (t) (1890-1963) Russ. (73) b. St. Petersburg, Jan. 11,
1890; d. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1963:
(1896) DENVER: Tabor Grand: Kimball Opera Comique Organization: Operatic
MET: (1984) Anthony Raffell (b) Eng. [Kurvenal] Tristan und Isolde (1984-86,
88-90) 27 perf., 5 works. MORE: b. Isleworth, U.K., 1940; He was working in
Cape Town, South Africa, when he won a prize that enabled him to study at
the South African College of Music. After a stint in the army, he worked
with the Welsh National Opera and married former D'Oyly Carte chorister
Vivian Carman (1967), has since been dissolved, Raffell has sung in Lisbon,
Hamburg, and the English National Opera.
T/F. Don Giovanni’s air “Deh, vieni alla finestra,” is sung to Donna
Elvira. You can not look this one up, either you know the answer, or not.
ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S QUESTION - Jan. 10, 2006
Who invented the metronome? (take a guess)
a. Frances-Jean Metronome.
b. Muslim Mahillon Magomayev.
c. Michel Maganini Magne.
d. Joseph Edgar Maddy.
e. Johannes Nepomuk Maelzel.
ANSWER: None of the above would be correct.
Enclopædia Britannica: " instrument for marking musical tempo, erroneously
ascribed to the German Johann Nepomuk Maelzel (1772–1838) but actually
invented by a Dutch competitor, Dietrich Nikolaus Winkel (c. 1776–1826)."
MORE: Apparently, Winkel’s idea was improved upon (or stolen) by Johann
Nepenuk Mälzel (1816), "Mälzel Metronome," patented by Mälzl remains in use
to this day.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mälzel often incorrectly receives credit
for what was rightly Winkel's creation.
NOTE: 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, Opera
News, Met opera database, my own reference library consisting of; complete
opera scores and libretti, biographical publications, numerous publications
on the subject of opera and opera singers, and of course, my personal
recollections. Walter R. Lonis
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