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March 18, 2004

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  • Walter R. Lonis
    March 18, 2004 BIRTHDAY – SINGER Benoît, Jean Christophe (t) Fr. b. Paris, Mar. 18, 1925; Edström, Liva (m/s) (1876-1971) Swed. (95) b. Vänersborg, Mar.
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      March 18, 2004

      BIRTHDAY – SINGER
      Benoît, Jean Christophe (t) Fr. b. Paris, Mar. 18, 1925;

      Edström, Liva (m/s) (1876-1971) Swed. (95) b. Vänersborg, Mar. 18,
      1876; d. Stockholm, June 24, 1971; 2nd wife of conductor Armas
      Järnefelt (con/opera) (1869- 1958) Finn.

      Graveure, Louis (t) (1888-1914) Eng. (80) b. London, Mar. 18, 1888;
      d. Apr. 12, 1968:

      DEATH: Hilgenberg, Katherine (c) (1920-1987) U.S. b. Chicago, 1920;
      d. Mar. 18, 1987:

      DEATH: Paltrinieri, Giordano (t) (1880-1970) It (90) b. Milan,
      1880; d. Mar, 18, 1970: He sang at La Scala and at the Teatro Colon
      as a comprimario. MET: Début: Nov. 15, 1918 [Trabuco] La Forza del
      Destino, 22 seasons (1918-40) 1620 perf. 119 roles, 81 works.

      Poell, Alfred (b) (1900-1968) Ger. (68) b. Linz, Mar. 18, 1900; d.
      Vienna, 1968:

      Tarrés, Enriqueta (s) Sp. b. Barcelona, Mar. 18, 1934; MET: Début:
      Dec. 10, 1973 [Mimi] La Bohème, 2 seasons (1973-75) 9 perf., 2
      works.

      FEATURED ARTIST
      Macurdy, John (bs) U.S. b. Detroit, Mar. 18, 1929; From boy soprano
      at ten to alto at 11, Macurdy descended to bass at twelve. Has sung
      at NYCO, Santa Fe, New Orleans, and San Francisco, Following his
      service in the military during the Korean War, John Macurdy made his
      operatic debut in 1952 as the [Old Hebrew] in Samson et Dalila in
      New Orleans. Macurdy has performed throughout Europe, debuting in
      1965 as "Prince Gremin" in Eugene Onegin in Marseille. He has sung
      in all the major European centers as well as numerous productions in
      Lyon, Strasbourg, Bonn and Stuttgart. Detroit, Wayne State
      University Department of Music presented 2003 Arts Achievement Award
      in Music to Metropolitan Opera Bass John Macurdy. MET: Début Feb.
      7, 1966 [Samiel] Un Ballo in Maschera, 35 seasons (1962-79, 80-93,
      94-98, 99-2000) 1004-perf., 63 roles, 52 works, thru 2000. More
      information:

      http://www.media.wayne.edu/news.releases/03September/JohnMacurdy.html


      OPERA - COMPOSER
      MALIPIERO: Gian Francesco (com/opera) b. 1882; d. Aug. 1, 1973.
      Opera: "Schiavona" (not produced, lost); "Elen e Fuldano" (np,
      1909); "Canossa" (Rome, 1914, lost); "Sogno d'un tramonto d'autunno"
      (1913; RAI – 1963); "Lancelotto del lago" (np, 1915); "L'orfeide"
      (Düsseldorf, 1925); "La morte delle maschere" (1922); "Sette
      canzoni" (Paris, 1920); "Orfeo, ovvero L'ottava canzone" (Paris,
      1920); "S Francesco d'Assisi" (New York, Carnegie Hall, 1922); "Tre
      commedie goldoniane" (Dramstadt, 1926); "La bottega di caffé"
      (1922); "Sior Todero Brontolon" (1922); "Le baruffe chiozzotte"
      (1920); "Filomela e l'infatuato" (Prague, 1928); "Merlino mastre
      d'organi" (1927; Rome, radio, 1934; Palermo, 1972); "Il mistero di
      Venezia" (Coburg, 1932); "Le aquile di Aquilea" (1928); "Il finto
      Arlecchino" (Mainz, 1928); "I corvi di S Marco" (1928); "Torneo
      notturno" (Munich, 1931); "I trionfi d'amore" (1931); "Castel
      smeraldo" (np); "Mascherate" (1930; Turin radio, 1937; Bergamo,
      1954); "Giochi olmpici" (np); "La bella e il mostro" (np, 1930); "La
      favola del figlio cambiato" (Hamburg, 1934); "Giulio Cesare"
      (Genoa, 1936); "Antonio e Cleopatra" (Florence, 1938); "Ecuba" Rome,
      1941); "I capricci di Callot" (Rome, 1942); "La vita è sogno"
      (Warsau, 1943); "L'allegra brigata" (Milan, 1950); "Vergilii Aeneis"
      (RAI – 1946, Venice, 1958); "Mondi celesti e infernali" (Turin,
      1950); "Il figluol prodigo" (RAI – 1953, Florense, 1057); "Donna
      Urraca" (Bergamo, 1954); "Il capitan Spavento" (Naples,
      1963); "Venere prigioniera" (Florense, 1957); "Rappresentazione e
      festa di Carnasciale e della Quaresima" (Venice, 1962); "Don
      Giovanni" (Naples, 1963); "Le metamorfosi di Bonaventura" (Venice,
      1966); "Don Tartufo bacchettone" (Venice, 1970); "Il marescalco"
      (Treviso, 1969); "Gli eroi di Bonaventura" (Milan, 1969); "Uno dei
      dieci" (Siena, 1971); "L'Iscariota" (Siena, 1971).

      CONDUCTOR
      Conlon, James (con/opera) b. New York, Mar. 18, 1950; Studied at
      Julliard: Début: Spoleto (1971), Julliard (1975), Scottish Opera
      (1976), London, CG, (1979), Paris, O, (1982), Chicago (1988), Milan,
      (1993), Cologne, O, (1991). MET: Début: Dec. 11, 1976 Die
      Zauberflöte, 13 seasons (1976-80, 81-83, 86-88, 90-93, 94-95, 98-99)
      213 perf, 17 works.

      CARUSO MAKES FIRST RECORDINGS
      Milan: March 18, 1902, Caruso made his first recordings in a hotel
      room. Ten single-sided records.

      OPERA FACT
      (The role of Danna Anna, was the only Mozart role sang by the famous
      soprano Adalina Patti (s) (1843-1919) Sp.)

      DÉBUT
      MET: Dennis Russell Davies (con/opera) U.S. The Voyage, 1 season
      (1996).

      PREMIER
      ATTERBERG: "Aladdin" Stockholm (1941).
      Bittner: "Das Rosengärtlein" Mannheim (1923).
      GRISAR: "Le-chat merveilleux" Paris (1862).
      Holoubek: "Stella" Bratislava (1939).
      Humperdinck: "Gaudeamus" Darmstadt (1919).
      ISOUARD: "Les deux maris" Paris (1816).
      Mercadante: "Gli sciti" dramma per musica, Naples (1823).
      Meyerbeer: "Gli amori di Teolinda" Verona (1816).
      Zeller: "Joconda" operetta, Vienna (1876).

      ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S QUESTION
      In Puccin`s opera, Gianni Schichi, Buoso Donati is a rich
      Florentine. With out looking, can you name the voice type for the
      character? (5)

      a. Tenor
      b. Baritone.
      c. Bass.
      d. Mezzo-Soprano

      ANSWER: Buoso Donati has died when the opera opens, therefore, he
      is never heard.

      wlonis
      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, my own reference library consisting of; complete Opera
      scores and libretti, biographical publications, Opera News, numerous
      publications on the subject of opera and opera singers, and of
      course, my personal recollections. Walter R. Lonis
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