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From: Bob Dilley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Dilley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 31 Oct 2016 05:46:20 -0400

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Forsooth Opera Lovers!

Today we can celebrate the birthday of Philippe De Vitry (1291-1361).

Also, the following works premiered on this date:

Blitzstein's "Regina" (1949)
Massenet's "Ariane" (1906)
Handel's "Tamerlano" (1724)
Mascagni's "L'Amico Fritz" (1891)
Millocker's "Grafin Dubarry" (1879)
Millocker's "Der Feldprediger" (1884)
Offenbach's "La Vie Parisienne" (1866)
O. Strauss' "The Chocolate Soldier" (1941)

Let us remember Francesco Veracini (1690-1768) who joined Heaven's Choir
on this date.

The quote for today is:  "Opera singers are just like other people, only
more so.  Often unseen by their public and fans, they erupt in glorious,
dazzling displays of human cussedness, using biting banter,
one-up-manship, and even sabotage to deal with their main frustration,
which is, of course, each other.  The irreverent atmosphere backstage is
often hilariously in contrast with the reverent hush out front.  In
terms of chaos on stage, yells from the balcony and intermission twaddle
in the foyer; you'll meet dimwitted audience members, meatball tenors,
vain soprano fatsos, stiletto-tongued conductors, and old time
impresarios and general managers who didn't know their brass from their
oboe.  The Viennese conductor Franz Schalk said, "Every theater is an
asylum,, but an opera theatre is the ward for incurables.""  
Author unknown.

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

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
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 October 2016:

Primo tenore Giovanni Martinelli (22 Oct 1885-2 Feb 1969)
Coloratura stupenda Selma Kurz (15 Oct 1874-10 May 1933)
Soprano prima donna Leyla Gencer (10 Oct 1928-10 May 2008)
Contralto assoluta Bruna Castagna (15 Oct 1896-10 Jul 1983)
Baritone unparalleled Tito Gobbi (24 Oct 1913-5 Mar 1984)
Basso profundo Igor Gorin (26 Oct 1904-24 Mar 1982) 
Distinguished virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz (1 Oct 1903-5 Nov 1989)
Preeminent conductor Alfred Wallenstein (7 Oct 1898-8 Feb 1983)
Premier composer Jose Serrano (14 Oct 1873-8 Mar 1941)
Featured premier Giaochino Rossini's "L'Equivico Stravagante" (26 Oct


"Mas Canciones," Linda Ronstadt
"Canciones de Mi Padre," Linda Ronstadt
"Jardin Azul: Las Canciones Favoritas," Linda Ronstadt
"Greatest Italian Songs," vol 1, Connie Francis
"Greatest Italian Songs," vol 2, Connie Francis
"Spanish and Latin American Favorites," Connie Francis
Bing Crosby: "White Christmas," with sales of over 100 MILLION copies. 
Also, he was the best recording artist of the 20th century with over
half a BILLION records in circulation.

May ARTISTS' EVENTS put a smile on your face and a song in your heart
each day.

Pace e Gioia,

Bob Dilley
( May God's Will Be Done)

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