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    There already are two threads that include performer birthdays, but they haven't had any posts in awhile. Plus one is just for opera singers while the other includes composer birthdays which we already have a thread for.

    So I'm creating this thread which may be even more inclusive than the old two. The word "performer" can be used loosely here. Basically, this thread could be for anyone of note who is either not a composer or is known mainly for something other than composing. This would probably mostly be conductors, singers, and instrumentalists, but it could also include dancers, choreographers, directors, etc.

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    adriesba do you mean still living?
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    Happy 78th birthday to American bass Samuel Ramey!

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    "Le veau d'or" from Gounod's Faust:



    "Ecco il mondo" from Boito's Mefistofele:



    Boito's Mefistofele in full:



    "Te Deum" from Puccini's Tosca (exciting performance! ):



    He was on Sesame Street!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    adriesba do you mean still living?
    Not necessarily. Good point.
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    Rudolf Serkin Beethoven Sonata op.13 Pathetique







    Rudolf Serkin (28 March 1903 – 8 May 1991)
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    I have a few birthdays for today (March 31). I'll post them soon.
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    Happy birthday to German soprano Elisabeth Grümmer! (1911-1986)

    My, my, my, she had a beautiful voice.

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    "Und ob die Wolke" from Weber's Der Freischütz:



    "Einsam in trüben Tagen" from Wagner's Lohengrin:



    "Dich teure Halle" from Wagner's Tannhäuser:



    From Mozart's Don Giovanni:

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    Happy birthday to Austrian conductor and opera impresario Clemens Krauss! (1893 - 1954)

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    Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra:



    Wagner - "Ride of the Valkyries":


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    Happy 88th birthday to English tenor John Mitchinson!

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    He's a bit of an obscure singer, but I thought to put him on here for his role in the most complete recording of Wagner's opera Rienzi.

    Edward Downes recording of Rienzi (opera recording divided into four portions):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfuksVNEqAA&t=1s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qfqVmLTWDI&t=779s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpshX2qUEwU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXtUovS41V0


    Wagner - "So starben wir" from Tristan und Isolde:




    Mitchinson said in the interview linked below, "I’ve done many broadcasts for the BBC archives – in fact having done so many rarely–heard works for the BBC, I think I’ve got the biggest repertoire of useless roles of anybody in the world!"

    http://www.bruceduffie.com/goodall.html
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    Daniel Lozakovich (born April 1, 2001) is a Swedish violinist. He was born in Stockholm to a Belarusian father and Kyrgyz mother, and he made his concert debut aged 9 under Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow [1].

    In 2016, aged 15, he signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and his first album, of Johann Sebastian Bach's first and second violin concertos and Partita No. 2 for solo violin, was released in June 2018.
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    Bernard Zighera (April 1, 1904 – September 13, 1984). Harpist, pianist.

    Zighera was the harpist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1926, when he was brought from France by Sergey Koussevitzky, until his retirement in 1980. He was also the orchestra’s staff pianist for many years. He worked under Koussevitzky, Munch, Leinsdorf, Steinberg, and Ozawa.

    Personal Connection: There are two favorite recordings of mine in which Zighera figures prominently: Debussy La Mer, Munch/Boston SO 1955 (harp) and Stravinsky Petrushka, Monteux/Boston SO 1959 (piano).

    Photo of Zighera at the piano rehearsing under Charles Munch in 1951 with other pianists Irving Fine and Ralph Berkowitz. Zighera is on the right.

    Bernard Zighera Piano with Munch.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Daniel Lozakovich (born April 1, 2001) is a Swedish violinist. He was born in Stockholm to a Belarusian father and Kyrgyz mother, and he made his concert debut aged 9 under Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow [1].

    In 2016, aged 15, he signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and his first album, of Johann Sebastian Bach's first and second violin concertos and Partita No. 2 for solo violin, was released in June 2018.
    Wow, he's quite young to be making recordings for DG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Wow, he's quite young to be making recordings for DG!
    I hope the don't push him to hard wit making records.

    Look from his Instagram: daniellozakovich Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes! ❤️
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    Happy birthday to Swedish conductor Sixten Ehrling! (1918 - 2005)

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    Wagner - Die Walküre excerpt with Birgit Nilsson:



    The video's title and description almost make it seem as if this is Nilsson's first Brünnhilde, but I think what the uploader means is that this was Nilsson's first Die Walküre Brünnhilde, as she had sung the character before: https://www.birgitnilsson.com/en-gb/...%C3%BCnnhilde/

    Ehrling was also a pianist, but I couldn't find any piano performance of his on YouTube.
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    Pierre Benjamin Monteux (April 4, 1875 – July 1, 1964)

    Monteux was an orchestral violinist and violist until he started conducting regularly in about 1907. In the early 20th Century, he conducted the premieres of Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps and Pétrushka, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy’s Jeux. He was associated with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra. It is not unusual to hear the claim that Monteux was the most influential conductor of the 20th Century.

    Personal Connection: My father always attended the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Ravinia Festival. Monteux conducted at the Festival almost every year from 1941 to 1961 and was much loved and appreciated in Chicago. I was too young to have experienced Monteux and Reiner, but they were truly legends among the musically aware in the community where I grew up. Some of Monteux’s recordings are among my all-time favorites: Franck’s Symphony in D Minor (Chicago SO, 1961, RCA Living Stereo), Stravinsky’s Pétrushka (Boston SO, 1959, RCA Living Stereo), and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (Boston SO, 1959, RCA Living Stereo).

    This is a photo of Maestro at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois, wearing a nice summer suit.
    Monteux at Ravinia.jpg
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