Fritz Stiedry * 1883- after leaving the politicking of Europe and Russia, this gifted maestro finally made it to the US, where he was popular at the Chicago Lyric and the Met.He was also a notable symphonic conductor. Rudolf Bing was a fan of his. He was also the conductor of the world premier of Kurt Weill's Die Bürgschaft.
Russel Oberlin * 1928 - This American Counter-tenor was known for his Bach interpretations, as well as Handel renditions. He was also Oberon in the permiere of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at the ROH in London.
David Rendall * 1948 - This tenor has a very decent voice, but (for whatever reasons) has been notorious for polemic situations; he once "stabbed" a fellow performer, when a switchblade malfunctioned (I Pagliacci), and he sued the Royal Danish Opera for impeding his career following an accident on that stage.
Ralph Vaughan Williams * 1872- while primarily remembered as a symphonic composer, he also left us 5 operas. His wonderful Sea Symphony calls for 2 operatic soloists (sop & baritone)
Gilda Dalla Rizza * 1892- she was Puccini's protege'd soprano, who should be credited for introducing a number of major roles to the standard rep. Her voice must have been something else! A complete Fedora was recorded for posterity.
Herbert Alsen * 1906 - While he based himself in Vienna, this bass sang at all major houses, primarily in the German or Mozart rep. His forays into Wagnerian territory, were very highly acclaimed.
John Shaw * 1924- This versatile Australian baritone made his artistic home at the ROH. He was a protege' of both Elsie Morison and Joan Hammond. Her was especially well known for his portrayals of villanous characters (Rance, Ford, Scarpia, Tonio). He also sang some Wagner roles.
Luciano Pavarotti * 1935 - what to say? He's not my favorite tenor, but his deserved legacy and his stylish manner of singing cannot be denied.
Bruce Brewer * 1944- although this high tenor often sang/sings alongside famous names, his own never really became a house-hold name. He is also recognized as being a formidable recitalist.
Boris Khaykin * 1904- this Russian maestro was particularly noted for his ability to lead the darker/heavier Russian rep. His Khovanshchina and Eugene Onegin recordings are too many still definitive.
Enzo Dara * 1938- this basswas primarily known for buffo roles, particuarly Bartolo (Rossini) & D Pasquale. He well be best known to audiophiles as Bartolo, opposite Berganza, Prey, Alva and Montarsolo- under C Abbado.
Leona Mitchell * 1949- once considered alongside Millo as the heir apparent to L Price & Martina Arroyo, Mitchell was a true spinto who was successful at all major American houses, particularly the MET. Especially her Bess, Liu and Elvira are of note.
Katherine Ciesinski * 1950- this mezzo is known to have successfully carved herself niche in non-standard rep. Her Ariane (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue) was particularly memorable.
Gregory Yurisich * 1951- While primarily a Verdian, this Australian-born baritone has a vast rep from Telramund to the 4 Hoffmann villains.
José Serrano * 1873- a great champion of Zarzuela operetta.
Ellen Faull * 1918- this soprano had a very close relationship with teh NYCO. Her legacy however is most notable in her teaching- many of her students went on to have stellar careers. She was the first Abigail in Jack Beeson's opera, Lizzie Borden.
Peter Jonas * 1946- This influential administrator/director was a protege of Solti's. He is most associated with his tenures at the ENO and Bavarian State Opera.
Alexander Zemlinsky * 1871- He left us 8 operas, some of which were once very successful and popular. He was also Schoenberg's teacher. He was an excellent cellist and conductor in his own right. The brief love triangle between himself, the wealthy Alma Schindler and Gustav Mahler would have made for a good opera.
This is a fragment from "La Dolorosa", the best zarzuela by Maestro Serrano, premiered at Teatro Apolo, in Valencia, the year 1930.
Alfredo Kraus - La roca fría del Calvario
Happy Birthday Dmitri Hvorostovsky born 16/10/1962
One gorgeous hunk & a voice to match.
International recognition came when he won the Cardiff World Singer competition in 1989. Allegedly his KGB minders had all sorts of problems keeping him in check. :D
Couple of interviews with translation
thanks Annie for your contribution! :) please all keep in mind that I do not own this thread, and that I do not use any of my various internet accessing devices over the weekends, so birthdays that fall on Sat/Sun this calendar year typically do not appear in my compilation ...
I am pretty busy today, so here is today's abridge version:
Dinu Badescu * 1904
Arthur Miller * 1915
Rolando Panerai * 1924
John Pringle * 1938
Reiner Goldberg * 1939
Maurice Wright * 1949
In the '80s and early '90s, Reiner Goldberg was among my favorite Heldentenöre. During a 1984 visit to Germany, when I purchased his recital album on the Capriccio label, my mother just shook her head and asked me, "Why do you like all of these people who sing Wagner?" (This was also during the time when I worshipped the ground upon which Siegfried Jerusalem walked.) Although she loved opera, Mom wasn't terribly fond of Wagner, and this was probably her way of saying, "Where did I go wrong . . . ?"
Anyway, Goldberg's voice had more of a pure tenor quality to it, without any baritone shadings. Here is a video of him singing Lohengrin at the age of 63. Not too shabby!
Lotte Lenya * 1898- of course particularly associated with K. Weill, some still regard her as the most alluring of singing actresses.
Otto Ackermann * 1909- This conductor had quite an affinity for operetta (perhaps through his friendship with Lehar) and was also a favorite of the Legge/Schwarzkopf team, which resulted in some terrific recordings. He died quite young, only 50 years old.
Alexander Young * 1920- He is best known for his early music, Rossini, and of course Stravinsky characterizations.
Camilla Williams * 1922- she was a trailblazer for black singers. Her Bess is considered by many to be unmatched, still today.
Barry McDaniel * 1930- this American baritone was most comfortable in the German rep. He was particularly popular in Berlin and Munich. He also sang at Bayreuth and the MET.
Berit Lindholm * 1934- this Swedish dramatic sang practically all the roles that call for a large steely voice. At the time she was lauded as successor to Nilsson.
Catarina Ligendza * 1937- more lyric than Lindholm, she therefore also had the more beautiful voice. She did however later graduate to the great Wagnerian roles, which she sang at Bayreuth (15 runs). Her voice was perhaps more M. Price, than B Nilsson. Unfortunately she did not leave us many recordings.
Margarita Castro Alberty * 1947 - some thought she would be the new Tebaldi- and indeed she did have a successful global career, but it was short-lived. These days, she is head of the voice department at the University of Puerto Rico.
Erna Berger * 1900 - This coloratura was the German precursor to the likes of Erika Koeth and Rita Streich. She was an excellent Gilda, QotN, Rosina, Zerbinetta, and Sophie. Her recordings of Strauss waltzes are particularly memorable. Among her greatest fans was none other than Beniamino Gigli.
Frederick Sharp * 1911- this baritone sang mostly in the UK and was a champion of 20th century opera and English artsong.
Stephen Arlen * 1913- as with most administrators, Arlen was also not without controversy. However, he undoubtedly left his mark on European opera.
Benita Valente * 1934- this soprano is most known for her chamber vocals. She did sing opera (MET) , but realized that she excelled in and enjoyed the concert stage more. Particularly her Shepherd on the Rock (Schubert) is of note.
Apologies,I was so busy yesterday... here is the roll call for
Lauris Elms * 1931- this mezzo was popular in the 60-70’s at the ROH, but is perhaps most memorable as a formidable recitalist.
Dunja Vejzovic * 1943- This steely voiced mezzo / soprano was known for her Wagnerian roles. The voice had inconsistencies, but was delivered with conviction and considerable drama. She was popular in Bayreuth and was a darling of Karajan’s. Her greatest roles were probably Kundry and Ortrud.
Thomas Pasatieri * 1945- This composer is best known for his film scores. To date, he has composed about 20 (!) operas. He is also well respected by opera administrators.
John Elwes * 1946- this tenor is particularly well known for his very disciplined renditions. His voice is also very well suited for oratorio.
Wolfgang Brendel * 1947- One of the pre-eminent baritones of his generation, he was considered by many to be the heir to the likes of Prey and Fischer-Dieskau. He has had particularly close relationships with Munich. MET and Vienna. One of my classmates in college was au-pair in his household for a year, and told me that he’s a very kind and genuine man.
pressed for time, again, so here is today's abridged version- it was clearly a good day for future librettists...
Michel Carré *1822
Pascual Emilio Arrieta * 1823
Giuseppe Giacosa * 1847
Joseph Canteloube * 1879
Georg Solti * 1912
Jarmil Burghauser * 1921
Malcolm Arnold * 1921
John Alexander * 1923
Virginia Zeani * 1928
Kenneth Collins * 1935
John Deathridge * 1944
I'm crazy busy again, so here's today's quick birthday roll call...
Emmerich Kálmán *1882
Tito Gobbi * 1913
Sena Jurinac * 1921
Luciano Berio * 1925
Cheryl Studer * 1955
Jurinac was well-known as an interpreter of Mozart's heroines, but also sang a variety of other roles ranging from Madama Butterfly to Leonore. She's left a respectable recorded legacy. Mozart's Contessa Almaviva was one of her best-known roles:
Sorry folks, I'm pressed for time again, but there are some big names today, so please feel free to contribute any hommages :)
Johann Strauss II * 1825
Georges Bizet * 1838
Galina Vishnevskaya * 1926
Anita Välkki * 1926
Hana Janků *1940
Ortrun Wenkel * 1942
Giuliano Ciannella * 1943