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From: Bob Dilley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Dilley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:05:02 -0500

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Forsooth Opera Lovers!

Today we can celebrate the birthdays of:

Piero Gamba (1936)
Donald Grobe (1929-1986)
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1947)
Artur Bodansky (1877-1939)
James McCracken (1926-1988)
Francois Boieldieu (1775-1834)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Also, the following works premiered on this date:

Gluck's "Alceste" (1767)
Reznecek's "Donna Diana" (1894)
Gretry's "Zemire et Azor" (1771)

Let us remember the following artists who passed away on this date:

Tito Schipa (1888-1965)
Gianni Poggi (1921-1989)
Ruth Welting (1948-1999)
Thomas Schippers (1930-1977)
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

The quote for today is: “Go on; don't only practise your art, but force
your way into its secrets, art deserves that, for it and knowledge can
raise men to the Divine.”  Ludwig van Beethoven.

As always, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our birthday boys for today and all
forum members who share their birthday with them.

ARTISTS' EVENTS salutes these artists for their enduring contributions
to the world of classical music.

ARTISTS' EVENTS honors the following Hall of Fame peerless artists for
their profound contributions to the world of opera:

Tenor of all tenors Enrico Caruso ((25 February 1873-2 August 1921)
Coloratura prima donna assoluta Erna Berger (19 October 1900-14 June
Soprano prima donna assoluta Rosa Ponselle (22 January 1897-25 May 1981)
Prima contralto assoluta Fedora Barbieri (4 June 1920-4 March 2003)
Baritone unequaled Leonard Warren (21 April 1911-4 March 1960)
Basso profundo of all bassos Ezio Pinza (18 May 1892-9 May 1957)

In memory of the following first rate artists for December 2011:

Primo tenore Cesare Valletti (18 December 1922-13 May 2000)
Coloratura stupenda Mado Robin (29 December 1918-10 December 1960)
Soprano prima donna Lucrezia Bori (24 December 1887-14 May 1960)
Contralto assoluta Gladys Swarthout (25 December 1900-7 July 1969)
Baritone unparalleled Sesto Bruscantini (10 December 1919-4 May 2003)
Basso profundo Josef Greindl (23 December 1912-16 April 1993)
Distinguished virtuoso Carlos Montoya (13 December 1903-3 March 1993)
Preeminent conductor Willem van Otterloo (27 December 1907-29 July 1978)
Premier composer for December Giacomo Puccini (22 December 1858-29
November 1924)
Featured premier for December Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" (24 December 1876)

Pace e Gioia,

Bob Dilley

-- - Same, same, but different...

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