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HandelJan 8, 1705

Giuseppe VerdiNov 17, 1839

Richard WagnerOct 19, 1845

BizetSep 10, 1863

Giacomo PucciniFeb 1, 1896

StalinDec 26, 1935

Louis ArmstrongJan 18, 1944

Elizabeth IIOct 20, 1973

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Opera - Historical Events
Date Event
1600-12-20

Ottario Rinuccini/Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published

1607-02-24

Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premieres in Mantua

1633-02-02

M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano," premieres in Rome

1649-01-05

Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone," premieres in Venice

1668-07-13

Van Marco Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" (the Golden Apple or Tomato) premieres in Vienna

1679-01-31

Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon," premieres in Paris

1680-12-31

Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens

1686-02-15

Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide," premieres in Paris

1689-12-30

Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas," premieres in Chesea

1705-01-08

George F Handel's 1st opera "Almira," premieres in Hamburg

1711-02-24

Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

1723-01-12

Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London

1724-02-20

George F Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto," premieres in London

1725-11-11

George Frederick Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres in London

1726-05-05

Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris

1728-01-29

John Gays' "Beggar's Opera," premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]

1728-02-28

George F Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia," premieres in London

1728-05-04

George Frederick Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London

1731-02-02

George F Handel's opera "Poro," premieres in London

1732-12-07

The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.

1734-01-08

Premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

1735-02-08

1st opera in US "Flora," opens in Charleston, SC

1735-02-18

1st opera performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC

1738-04-15

Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frederic Handel.

1752-10-18

Premiere of Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village"

1762-02-02

Thomas Arnes opera "Artaxerxes," premieres in London

1762-10-05

Opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna)

1767-05-13

Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus" premieres in Salzburg

1767-12-16

Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premiers

1770-01-01

Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"

1774-04-19

CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris

1775-04-23

Opera "Il Ré Pastore" is produced (Salzburg)

1778-01-27

Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres, Paris

1781-01-29

Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premieres, Munich

1782-07-16

Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail," premieres in Vienna

1786-05-01

Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna)

1787-10-29

Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)

1790-01-26

Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna

1791-09-06

Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague

1791-09-30

Mozart's opera "Magic Flute" premieres in Vienna

1792-02-07

D Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto," premieres in Vienna

1792-03-16

King Gustav III of Sweden is shot Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.

1792-03-29

King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.

1797-03-13

Cherubini's opera "Medée" premieres in Paris

1800-11-24

Weber's opera "Das Waldmadchen" premieres in Freiburg

1805-11-25

Opera "Thaïs" first American performance

1809-09-18

Royal Opera House in London opens

1810-03-18

"Converse", 1st US opera, premieres in NY

1816-02-20

Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome

1817-01-25

Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome

1818-06-10

Pesaro opera theater opens with Rossini's "La gaza ladra"

1820-05-13

Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed

1821-06-18

Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin)

1823-02-02

Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice

1824-03-07

Meyerbeers opera "Il Crociati in Egitto" premieres in Venice

1825-03-02

1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC

1825-11-29

1st Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC)

1826-04-12

Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London

1828-08-20

Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Le Comte Ory" premieres in Paris

1829-08-31

Opera "Guillaume Tell" is produced (Paris)

1830-01-28

Opera "Fra Diavolo," premieres in Paris

1830-03-04

V Bellini's opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," premieres in Venice

1830-12-26

Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena," premieres in Milan

1831-03-06

Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres in Milan

1831-11-22

Opera "Robert Le Diable" is produced (Paris)

1831-12-26

Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma," premieres in Milan

1832-05-12

Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan

1833-01-26

Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia," premieres in Milan

1835-01-25

Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani," premieres in Paris

1835-09-26

Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres in Naples

1836-02-29

Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris

1838-09-10

Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini," premieres in Paris

1839-11-17

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

1840-02-11

Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment," premieres in Paris

1840-12-02

Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris

1842-01-07

Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris

1842-03-09

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

1842-11-17

Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)

1842-12-09

St M Glinka's opera "Russlan Ludmilla" premieres in Petersburg

1843-01-02

Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden

1843-01-04

Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale," premieres in Paris

1843-02-11

Opera "I Lombardi," premieres in Milan

1843-11-27

Opera "Bohemian Girl" is produced (London)

1844-03-09

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice

1844-12-30

Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

1845-10-19

Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser," premieres in Dresden

1845-11-15

Opera "Maritana" is produced (London)

1846-12-06

Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)

1847-03-17

"Macbeth" opera premieres in Florence

1847-11-25

Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna)

1849-03-09

Carl Nikolais opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" premieres

1849-04-16

Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Le prophète, premieres in Paris

1849-05-10

Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)

1849-12-08

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

1850-08-28

Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany

1851-03-11

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

1851-11-22

Opera "La Perle Du Brésil" is produced (Paris)

1852-04-30

Anton Rubinsteins opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg

1853-01-19

Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore," premieres in Rome

1853-03-06

Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice

1855-06-13

Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)

1855-09-27

George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC

1856-03-05

Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire

1857-03-12

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

1858-05-15

Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London

1858-10-21

Jacques Offenbach's opera "Orphée aux Enfers" premieres in Paris

1859-02-17

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

1859-03-19

Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris

1859-04-04

Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)

1862-02-08

Opera "Lily of Killarney," premieres in London

1862-02-28

Opera "La Reine de Saba," premieres in Paris

1862-08-09

Berlioz' opera "Beatrice et Benedict" premieres in Baden-Baden

1862-11-11

Opera "La Forza Del Destino" is produced (St Petersburg Russia)

1863-09-10

George Bizet's opera "Les Pêcheurs de Perles," premieres in Paris

1863-09-29

Opera "Pescatori di Perle" is produced (Paris)

1864-03-19

Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris

1865-04-20

Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens

1865-04-28

Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine" premieres in Paris

1866-01-15

Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori v Cechach," premieres in Prague

1866-05-30

Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premieres (Prague)

1866-11-17

Opera "Mignon" is produced (Paris)

1867-03-11

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Don Carlos" premieres in Paris

1867-04-27

Opera "Romeo et Juliette" is produced (Paris)

1868-03-05

Arrigo Boito's opera "Mefistofele," premieres in Milan

1868-03-09

The opera "Hamlet" premieres in Paris

1868-05-16

Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague

1868-06-21

Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich

1868-10-22

Jacques Offenbach's opera "Genevieve de Brabant" premieres in NYC

1869-09-22

Richard Wagner's opera "Rhine Gold" premieres in Munich

1870-03-19

The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan

1870-06-25

Opera "Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)" is produced (Munich)

1870-06-26

Wagner's opera "Valkyrie" premieres in Munich

1871-12-26

Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.

1873-05-24

Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris

1874-01-24

Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov," premieres in St Petersburg

1874-04-05

Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna

1875-01-05

Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris

1875-03-03

Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" premieres (Paris)

1876-04-08

Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan

1876-08-16

Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth

1876-08-17

Wagner's opera "Götterdämmerung" premieres in Bayreuth

1877-04-19

Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)

1877-04-27

Opera "Le Roi de Lahore" is produced (Paris)

1877-12-02

Camille Saint-Saëns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar

1878-05-04

Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House

1878-05-25

Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London

1879-03-29

Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin," premieres in Moscow

1879-12-31

Gilbert and Sullivan's Opera "Pirates of Penzance," premieres in NYC

1881-02-10

Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman," premieres in Paris

1881-03-23

Gas lamp sets fire to Nice France opera house; 70 die

1881-04-23

Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London

1881-05-11

Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague

1881-12-19

Opera "Hérodiade" is produced (Brussels)

1882-01-13

Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

1882-02-10

Rimski-Korsakovs opera "Snyegurochka," premieres in St Petersburg

1882-07-28

Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Beirut

1883-04-14

Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris

1883-10-22

Original Metropolitan Opera House (NYC) grand opening (Faust)

1884-01-19

Jules Massenet's opera "Manon," premieres in Paris

1885-03-04

Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "Mikado," premieres in London

1885-03-14

Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London

1885-06-06

Opera "Lakmé" is produced (Paris)

1885-11-09

Opera "Ermine," premieres in London

1885-11-30

Opera "El Cid" premieres (Paris)

1885-12-02

Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna

1886-09-25

Comedy opera "Dorothy" 1st produced in London

1887-02-05

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy

1887-05-18

Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris

1887-05-25

Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

1887-11-23

Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)

1888-05-07

Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris

1889-05-18

Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris

1890-05-17

Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi

1890-06-09

Opera "Robin Hood" premieres in Chicago

1890-10-23

Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St Petersburg)

1890-11-04

Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg

1890-12-05

Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe

1891-05-15

Jules Massenet's opera "Griselde" premieres in Paris

1892-02-16

Opera "Werther," premieres in Vienna

1892-05-21

Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan

1892-08-27

NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire

1892-12-26

Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)

1893-02-01

Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut," premieres in Turin

1893-02-09

Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan

1893-06-01

Opera "Falstaff" is produced (Berlin)

1893-12-23

Opera "Hansel und Gretel" is produced (Weimar)

1894-03-16

Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris

1894-04-19

Jules Massenet's opera "Werther" premieres in NYC

1896-01-05

Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez," premieres in Barcelona

1896-02-01

Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin

1896-03-23

Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier," premieres in Milan

1896-03-28

The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)

1896-05-20

The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.

1897-03-12

Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussells

1897-10-08

Emperor Karl Joseph I named Gustav Mahler director of Opera

1898-11-22

Opera "Iris" premieres (Rome)

1900-01-02

Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise," premieres in Paris

1900-01-14

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca," premieres in Rome

1900-02-02

Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris

1900-08-27

Gabriel Faures opera/cantata "Prométhée" premieres in Beziers

1901-11-20

Opera "Grisélidis" is produced (Paris)

1901-11-21

Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden

1902-02-18

Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame," premieres in Monte Carlo

1902-02-28

Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo

1902-04-30

Debussy's opera "Pelléas et Mélissande" premieres in Paris

1902-11-25

Franz Lehar's opera "Wiener Fraueen" premieres in Vienna

1903-01-07

Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger," premieres in Brussel

1903-01-12

Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170

1903-11-15

Eugen d'Albert's opera "Tiefland" premieres in Prague

1903-11-23

Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, NY) in "Rigoletto"

1903-11-27

Opera "Die Heugierigen Frauen" is produced (Munich)

1904-01-21

Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa," premieres in Brno

1904-02-17

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan

1905-12-09

Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premiers in Dresden

1907-05-10

Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris

1907-12-31

G Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera

1908-01-13

Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.

1908-01-25

John Blockx' opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp

1908-11-16

Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera

1909-11-04

Opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" is produced (Munich)

1910-01-22

Opera "Germania," premieres in NYC

1910-03-18

1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC

1910-12-28

Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)

1911-01-26

Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden

1911-02-25

Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma," premieres in Philadelphia

1911-05-19

Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris

1911-11-18

Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance

1911-12-23

Opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)

1913-03-04

Gabriel Faure's opera "Penelope" premieres in Monte Carlo

1914-01-24

Opera "Madeleine," premieres in NYC

1914-02-19

Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini," premieres in Turin

1914-05-15

Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris

1915-01-25

Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC

1915-09-29

Dutch Opera's 1st performance

1916-01-28

Opera "Goyescas," premieres (NYC)

1918-02-01

Franz Lehars opera "Wo die Lerche singt," premieres in Budapest

1918-12-14

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

1919-04-19

Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)

1921-10-23

Leos Janacek's opera "Kat'a Kabanova" premieres in Brno

1922-09-20

Franco Ventriglia, Fairfield, Connecticut, opera singer, (d. 2012)

1922-10-22

Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, named for knight in Wagner's Opera

1924-10-14

Arnold Schoeberg's opera "Die Gluckliche Hand" premieres in Vienna

1925-01-14

Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck," premieres in Berlin

1925-10-15

Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premiers in The Hague

1926-04-25

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

1926-12-16

Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris

1927-01-21

1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)

1927-02-21

Franz Lehr's opera "Zarewitsch," premieres

1930-01-18

Shostakovitch' opera "The Nose," premieres in Leningrad

1930-02-01

Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt

1930-11-18

Sjostakovitch' opera "The Nose" premiers in Lenningrad

1931-02-07

US opera, "Peter Ibbetson," by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera NYC

1931-11-11

Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building

1931-12-25

NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio

1933-03-23

Kroll Opera in Berlin opens

1933-07-01

Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres in Dresden

1934-01-22

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady MacBeth," premieres in Leningrad

1934-02-10

Thomson/Gertrude Steins opera premieres in NYC

1934-02-20

Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC

1934-10-20

Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau"

1935-12-26

Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth"

1936-01-28

Pravda criticizes Sjostakovitsj' "Lady Macbeth" opera

1937-01-25

Soap Opera "Guiding Light" premieres on radio

1938-05-28

Hindemiths opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich

1940-03-10

1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci

1940-04-16

Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro

1943-12-23

1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY

1944-01-18

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1945-06-05

Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London

1946-10-02

1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont

1947-02-18

Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone," premieres in NYC

1947-02-21

1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"

1948-05-24

Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge

1948-11-29

1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)

1950-03-15

Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances

1950-05-12

Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris

1950-12-13

"Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 perfs

1950-12-16

"Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 perfs

1951-09-03

TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS

1951-09-11

Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice

1951-12-01

Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London

1951-12-24

1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)

1952-06-30

"Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV

1954-01-04

Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres

1954-02-01

1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres

1954-09-14

Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice

1954-12-03

William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London

1954-12-27

Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint," premieres in NYC

1955-11-04

The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was totally destroyed in World War II.

1955-11-05

New Vienna Opera house opens (Austria)

1956-07-07

Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres

1957-01-26

Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites," premieres

1957-08-11

Paul Hindemith' opera "Harmonie der Welt," premieres in Munich

1961-05-20

Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen

1962-12-20

Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow

1963-03-13

Hindemith & Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC

1963-03-29

Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"

1964-04-19

Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin

1964-08-08

Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam

1966-01-16

Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center

1966-06-27

1st sci-fi soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premieres on ABC-TV

1966-09-16

Metropolitan Opera opens at NY's Lincoln Center

1968-07-15

Soap opera "One Life To Live" premieres

1969-05-23

Who release rock opera "Tommy"

1970-01-05

Soap Opera "All My Children," premieres on ABC

1970-03-30

Soap opera "Somerset" premieres

1970-12-02

Tippetts Opera "Knot Garden" premieres in London

1971-04-02

Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run

1971-05-16

Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych London

1973-10-20

Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

1974-02-08

Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run

1975-07-07

TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" premieres

1976-01-13

Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY's Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"

1977-09-29

Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam

1978-03-17

Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre," premieres in Stockholm

1980-02-01

Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run

1981-01-12

Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC

1982-03-26

Soap opera "Capitol" premieres

1984-02-02

8th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1984-07-30

Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV

1986-10-09

"Phantom of the Opera" premeires in London

1986-12-27

10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1987-01-18

11th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1987-03-20

Soap opera "Capitol" final episode

1988-01-16

4th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1988-01-26

"Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ perfs

1988-06-04

42nd Tony Awards: M Butterfly & Phantom of the Opera win

1989-01-16

5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1989-03-27

1st half-black soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV

1989-11-05

"Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 perfs

1989-12-31

"Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 perfs

1990-01-15

6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Santa Barbara wins

1990-02-06

Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!

1991-01-16

7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1991-01-25

Soap opera "Generation's" last episode after a 2½ year run

1991-12-17

Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode

1992-01-10

8th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1993-01-15

Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV

1993-02-26

9th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1994-01-31

Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down

1994-02-04

10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1995-02-17

11th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1996-01-29

La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.

1996-07-01

Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera

1996-12-14

12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

1997-02-10

13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

1997-03-28

"City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV

1998-02-27

14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

1999-02-26

15th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

2000-03-10

16th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

2003-04-05

18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

2005-02-22

19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

2009-09-18

The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

2010-09-17

The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.

2012-04-09

The Lion King becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking The Phantom of the Opera

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Opera - Notable Birthdays

Giacomo PucciniDec 22, 1858

Leontyne Mary Violet PriceFeb 10, 1927

Andrew Lloyd WebberMar 22, 1948

Opera - Birthdays
Date Event
1563-01-30

Franciscus Gomarus, [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist/opera singer

1582-05-01

Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer

1602-02-14

Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer

1649-02-23

John Blow, composer of 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized)

1670-07-18

Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian (opera)composer

1679-02-24

Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer

1685-09-16

John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera)

1690-02-01

Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer

1706-10-18

Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buffa)

1727-03-30

Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)

1734-07-23

Antonio Maria Gasparo Sacchini, opera composer [or Jun 14 1730]

1762-03-24

Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portugal, opera composer (Portogallo)

1782-01-29

Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo)

1784-02-03

John Fane graaf van Westmorland, English (opera)composer/diplomat

1795-08-16

Heinrich Marschner, The Vampyr: A Soap Opera

1795-9-07

John Polidori, The Vampyr: A Soap Opera

1801-11-03

Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma)

1804-11-27

Julius Benedict, Stuttgart Germany, opera composer (Protoghesi)

1811-08-05

Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)

1818-06-17

Charles Francois Gounod, Paris France, opera composer (Faust)

1839-03-17

Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)

1842-02-22

Carl Rosa, Hamburg Germany, founder (Rosa opera company)

1843-02-19

Adelina Patti, Madrid Spain, opera soprano (Lucio)

1844-05-03

Richard D'Oyly Carte, England, opera impresario (Ivanhoe)

1846-05-08

Oscar Hammerstein, Germany, opera/playwright (Kohinoor)

1847-10-21

Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)

1848-11-24

Lilli Lehmann, opera singer

1850-05-13

Modest Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades: Bolshoi Opera

1850-12-10

Gustav Hinrichs, The Phantom of the Opera

1851-01-25

Jan Blockx, Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)

1854-02-20

Louis F M van Westerhoven, actor/singer/opera director (Youth)

1854-09-01

Engelbert Humperdinck, Germany, opera composer (Parisfal)

1858-12-22

Giacomo Puccini, Lucca Italy opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), (d. 1924)

1860-06-25

Gustave Charpentier, French composer (opera Louise)

1861-05-19

Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)

1862-01-01

Snitz Edwards, Hungary, actor (College, Phantom of the Opera)

1865-01-03

Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (d. 1936)

1867-01-09

Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth)

1867-02-21

Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co

1868-01-27

Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera)

1868-05-06

Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera

1869-06-06

Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer/conductor

1870-06-29

Joseph Carl Breil, The Phantom of the Opera

1873-04-03

Flora R. Snyder, Two Seats at the Opera

1873-11-24

John St. Polis, The Phantom of the Opera

1874-02-20

Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star

1875-04-22

Ettore Campana, A Night at the Opera

1876-03-08

Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Il dottore Antonio)

1877-01-04

Gibson Gowland, England, actor (Blind Husbands, Phantom of the Opera)

1877-01-04

Gibson Gowland, The Phantom of the Opera

1878-05-24

Frank M. McCormack, The Phantom of the Opera

1879-01-25

Rupert Julian, The Phantom of the Opera

1879-03-19

Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Tobias Wunderlich)

1881-07-07

Eugene Howard, Between the Acts at the Opera

1882-06-11

Hans Herbert, Phantom of the Opera

1882-06-28

Arthur Kistenmacher, Fire in the Opera House

1882-08-02

Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer

1883-04-01

Lon Chaney, CO, man of 1000 faces, actor (High Noon, Phantom of Opera)

1883-04-01

Lon Chaney, The Phantom of the Opera

1883-07-10

Sam Wood, A Night at the Opera

1883-12-14

Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer

1884-06-03

Walter O. Stahl, Phantom of the Opera

1884-08-04

Béla Balázs, The 3 Penny Opera

1884-10-07

William Tyroler, Phantom of the Opera

1884-10-12

Maurice Cass, Charlie Chan at the Opera

1884-10-30

Rudolf Forster, Grobming Austria, actor (Threepenny Opera)

1884-10-30

Rudolf Forster, The 3 Penny Opera

1884-12-30

Arthur Edmund Carewe, The Phantom of the Opera

1885-03-18

Robert Emmett O'Connor, A Night at the Opera

1885-10-22

Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)

1886-03-07

Virginia Pearson, The Phantom of the Opera

1886-04-13

Willie Howard, Between the Acts at the Opera

1886-06-27

Olin Downes, First Opera Film Festival

1887-03-22

Chico Marx, A Night at the Opera

1887-04-01

Sol Michaels, Charlie Chan at the Opera

1887-10-06

Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Austria, singer (Vienna Opera)

1888-03-07

Max Pretzfelder, The 3 Penny Opera

1888-05-25

Miles Malleson, writer/actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock)

1889-11-16

George S. Kaufman, A Night at the Opera

1891-07-17

Eugen Hrich, The 3 Penny Opera

1892-01-03

Sylvia Torf, The 3 Penny Opera

1893-12-20

James Kevin McGuinness, A Night at the Opera

1894-06-16

Norman Kerry, Rochester NY, actor (Phantom of the Opera)

1894-06-16

Norman Kerry, The Phantom of the Opera

1894-08-20

Harry Albiez, A Night at the Opera

1894-10-22

Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)

1895-01-13

Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer

1895-12-09

Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (d. 1936)

1896-01-08

Jaromir Weinberger, Prague Czechoslovakia, composer (Bird's Opera)

1897-01-22

Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)

1898-01-01

Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)

1898-04-12

Lily Pons, Draguignan France, opera singer/actress (That Girl From Paris) (d. 1976)

1899-09-11

Nelly A "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Driestuivers Opera)

1899-09-16

Hans Swarowsky, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50)

1900-06-22

Jennie Tourel, St Petersburg Russia, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47)

1900-11-04

Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars)

1902-01-09

Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)

1903-01-18

Berthold Goldschmidt, German/British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)

1903-05-15

Luther Hoobyar, A Night at the Opera

1903-07-16

Mary Philbin, Chicago IL, actress (Phantom of the Opera)

1904-01-02

James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)

1904-06-03

Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], NYC, tenor (NY Met Opera)

1905-04-01

Winfried P I Zillig, German opera composer/conductor (Fantasia Irica)

1905-04-02

Serge Lifar, Kiev, dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet)

1905-05-05

Maria Caniglia, Mad About Opera

1906-04-09

Antal Dorati, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29

1907-01-17

Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)

1907-01-18

Janos Ferencsik, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Budapest Opera)

1907-03-04

Edgar Barrier, Phantom of the Opera

1907-03-22

Enrico Ricardi, A Night at the Opera

1907-09-23

Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/pres of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)

1907-10-14

Allan Jones, A Night at the Opera

1907-11-10

Rudolf Brix, The 3 Penny Opera

1908-02-06

Michael Maltese, What's Opera, Doc?

1908-05-17

Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)

1908-07-01

Peter Anders, German opera singer

1909-03-26

Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer

1910-03-25

Magda Olivero, Opera Fanatic

1910-04-18

Sylvia Fisher, soprano (Albert Herring Opera)

1911-01-22

Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer

1911-02-17

Margaret St. Clair, The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera?

1911-03-03

Francesco Siciliani, opera composer

1911-04-01

Gunther Rennert, Essen Germany, opera director/producer

1911-04-28

Frans Vroons, actor/tenor/director (Neth Opera)

1911-07-09

Charlotte Arren, The Doorman's Opera

1913-04-16

Constance Shacklock, opera singer

1913-07-10

Ljuba Welitsch, Borisovo, Bulgaria, opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci)

1913-07-22

Licia Albanese, Bari Italy, operatic soprano (NY Met Opera)

1913-08-28

Richard Tucker, [Reuben Ticker], Brooklyn NY, Tenor (NY Met Opera)

1913-11-22

Benjamin Britten, Lowestoft Suffolk England, composer (Beggar's Opera)

1914-06-26

Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse France, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)

1915-05-27

Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini)

1915-09-04

Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer

1915-9-12

Paul Marion, Phantom of the Opera

1916-02-27

Mark Liebrecht, Parking Opera

1916-07-17

Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)

1916-10-19

Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Sweden, opera composer (Herr von Hancken)

1917-01-05

Wieland Wagner, German opera director

1917-06-04

Robert Merrill, Brooklyn New York, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera)

1917-07-22

Jane Farrar, Phantom of the Opera

1917-09-18

Alan Ande Anderson, opera director

1917-09-28

Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor

1917-12-07

Beatrice Mancini, Una notte dopo l'opera

1917-9-27

Sally Amato, Amato: A Love Affair with Opera

1918-03-20

John Cameron, The Beggar's Opera

1918-04-03

Sixten Ehrling, Malmö Sweden, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm)

1918-04-09

Jorn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House)

1918-04-25

Astrid Varnay, Stockholm Sweden, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56)

1918-05-17

Birgit Nilsson, First Ladies of the Opera

1919-01-24

Leon Kirchner, Brooklyn NY, opera composer (Lily)

1919-01-26

Frances Bible, New York City Opera: The Ballad of Baby Doe

1919-04-04

Antony Tudor, England, choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957)

1919-10-18

Camilla Williams, Aïda's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera

1919-12-03

Charles Craig, opera singer

1920-02-13

Eileen Farrell, Willimantic Conn, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody)

1920-03-27

Richard Hayman, bandleader/conductor/pianist (Theme of 3 Penny Opera)

1920-04-29

Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)

1920-07-21

Tony Amato, Amato: A Love Affair with Opera

1920-12-29

Katherine E. Hilgenberg, Jack Does Opera

1921-03-06

Julius Rudel, Vienna Austria, conductor (NYC Opera 1957)

1921-07-13

Marcella Pobbe, Opera Fanatic

1921-11-08

Jerome Hines, The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala

1922-02-16

Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)

1922-04-27

Daphne Anderson, London, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice)

1922-11-17

Annette Ruderman, A Night at the Opera

1922-12-17

Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer

1923-02-10

Cesare Siepi, Milan Italy, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera)

1923-08-12

Ross Evans, The Opera

1924-03-06

Sarah Caldwell, Maryville Mo, conductor/opera director (Flagstaff)

1924-04-03

Murray Dickie, opera singer/director

1924-09-25

Norman Ayrton, opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK)

1924-12-06

Susanna Foster, Phantom of the Opera

1924-12-22

Frank Corsaro, NY harbor, opera director

1925-01-17

Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)

1925-07-11

Nicolai Gedda, Stockholm, Sweden, opera tenor (Opera Two to Six)

1925-10-08

Irene Dalis, The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera

1926-02-11

Alexander Gibson, British conductor/founder (Scottish Opera)

1926-02-20

Gillian Lynne, The Phantom of the Opera

1926-03-25

Jacques Mars, The Phantom of the Opera

1926-10-25

Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)

1926-11-07

Joan Sutherland, Sydney Australia, operatic soprano (Met Opera)

1926-12-16

James McCracken, The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala

1927-02-10

Leontyne Mary Violet Price, Laurel Miss, opera soprano (Porgy & Bess)

1927-02-18

Tabe Bas, actor/opera vocalist (Leiser Wolf in Anatevka)

1927-02-26

Donald Gramm, New York City Opera: The Turk in Italy

1927-03-01

Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer

1927-03-06

William J Bell, Chicago Ill, soap opera creator (Young & Restless)

1927-06-02

Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)

1927-12-24

Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)

1928-03-16

Christa Ludwig, Berlin Germany, soprano (Vienna State Opera)

1928-11-14

Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)

1929-02-28

Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer

1929-07-14

Charles Anthony [Caruso], New Orleans, Louisiana, tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), (d. 2012)

1929-09-13

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer (d. 2004)

1930-03-28

Elizabeth Bainbridge, English opera singer

1930-05-04

Roberta Peters, Jack Does Opera

1930-05-29

Eleanor Fazan, opera/show choreographer (Lassiter, Ruling Class)

1930-11-22

Peter Hall, British stage/film/opera director (Pedestrian)

1930-12-03

Phyllis Curtin, Clarksburg WV, soprano (NYC Opera)

1931-10-27

Gencho Simeonov, Opera za edin leshnik

1932-02-19

Jean-Pierre Ponnele, Paris France, opera director (Carmina Burana)

1932-04-17

Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer

1932-05-24

Elaine Malbin, opera singer

1932-09-29

Jeremy Isaacs, general director (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)

1933-07-15

Frederico Davia, opera singer

1934-02-22

Thomas Paul, Chicago Illinois, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70)

1934-02-24

Renata Scotto, Savona, Italy, soprano and opera director (Violetta-La Traviata)

1935-02-27

Alberto Remedios, opera/concert singer

1935-03-29

Gordon Mumma, Music with Roots in the Aether: Opera for Television by Robert Ashley

1935-05-05

Douglas Marland, West Sand Lake NY, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital)

1935-06-05

Peter Schat, Dutch opera composer (Labyrint, Houdine, Symposion)

1935-06-09

Franco Vitale, Opera

1935-07-29

Peter Schreier, Meissen Germany, tenor (Dresden State Opera 1961)

1935-11-14

Donald Edwin White, advertising copywriter/opera administrator

1936-04-27

Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer

1936-05-23

Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer

1937-02-02

Martina Arroyo, NYC, opera soprano (NY Met)

1937-03-12

Elizabeth Vaughan, opera soprano (Victor-Victoria)

1937-03-16

David Del Tredici, The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera

1937-05-13

Judith Somogi, NYC, conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982)

1937-11-27

Anthony Pratt, The Phantom of the Opera

1938-06-13

Gwynne Howell, British opera singer

1939-03-08

Robert Tear, Barry Wales, tenor (Welsh Natl Opera 1970)

1939-08-29

Joel Schumacher, The Phantom of the Opera

1940-09-27

Josephine Barstow, opera singer

1940-10-02

Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera)

1941-01-21

Placido Domingo, Madrid Spain, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly)

1941-04-27

Judith Blegen, Missoula Mont, opera singer (Papagena-Magic Flute)

1941-06-01

Edo de Waart, Amsterdam Holland, conductor (Houston Opera-1976)

1942-01-05

Maurizio Pollini, Una notte all'opera

1942-01-19

Michael Crawford, England, Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera)

1942-03-28

Samuel Ramey, San Francisco Opera: Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito

1942-11-29

Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss opera singer

1942-9-22

David Cullen, The Phantom of the Opera

1943-03-28

Richard Stilgoe, The Phantom of the Opera

1943-06-23

James Levine, musical conductor (Tosca)/dir (Metropolitan Opera)

1944-07-30

Teresa Cahill, opera singer

1944-09-10

Thomas Allen, British opera singer

1945-09-12

John Mauceri, NYC, conductor (Wash DC Opera)

1945-09-15

Jessye Norman, US, opera singer (Carmen)

1945-10-28

Alan Titus, New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville

1946-03-10

Mark Lamos, New York City Opera: Madama Butterfly

1946-03-20

Henry Mollicone, The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera

1946-06-01

Carol Neblett, Modesto California, soprano (NYC Opera)

1946-12-05

Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors)

1947-01-12

Matt Molloy, An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast

1947-06-02

Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor

1948-03-02

Marianna Christos, New York City Opera: Carmen

1948-03-22

Andrew Lloyd Webber, London, composer (Phantom of the Opera, Cats)

1948-03-22

Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera

1948-04-18

Catherine Malfitano, NYC, soprano (Metropolitan Opera)

1948-05-01

Ruth Welting, New York City Opera: The Ballad of Baby Doe

1948-05-29

Linda Esther Gray, opera singer

1948-10-11

Michael Abramson, The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy

1949-9-19

Sayoko Yamaguchi, Pistol Opera

1950-03-27

Maria Ewing, opera singer

1950-04-26

Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)

1951-08-12

Melanie Holliday, Opera Stars in Concert

1951-11-13

Janet Collins, ballerina, 1st Black dancer with Opera Co (Aida)

1952-08-10

Ashley Putnam, NYC, soprano (NY City Opera 1978)

1953-03-28

Rosemary Ashe, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

1954-05-04

Liz Robertson, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

1954-06-26

Robert Davi, Astoria NY, opera singer/actor (Gangster Chronicles)

1955-07-05

Josef Haslinger, Opera Ball

1956-9-06

Omar Ebrahim, The Vampyr: A Soap Opera

1957-02-06

Simon Phillips, The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy

1957-06-17

Martin Dillon, American opera singer (d. 2005)

1957-09-06

Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park)

1958-05-19

István Bubik, The Phantom of the Opera

1958-07-05

Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor

1958-12-15

Paula Molina, Opera Prima

1959-02-12

Gabriel Thibaudeau, The Phantom of the Opera

1959-04-17

Imogen Bain, The Phantom of the Opera

1960-07-21

Sebastiano Somma, Opera

1960-08-14

Sarah Brightman, actress/singer (Phantom of the Opera)

1962-06-18

Jan Schmidt-Garre, Opera Fanatic

1962-12-05

Nivek Ogre, Repo! The Genetic Opera

1963-9-30

Cristina Marsillach, Opera

1964-03-17

Victor McGuire, The Phantom of the Opera

1964-12-23

Masatomo Ota, Pistol Opera

1965-02-20

Philip Hensher, Jerry Springer: The Opera - Story of a Musical

1966-02-09

Amanda Roocroft, opera singer

1967-9-13

Nadia Rinaldi, The Phantom of the Opera

1968-01-08

Egidio Tari, Repo! The Genetic Opera

1968-04-03

Dru Freeman, The Rite of Venus: A Rock Opera

1969-04-02

Jon Sewell, The Rite of Luna: A Rock Opera

1969-05-18

Dale Branston, Jerry Springer: The Opera

1970-01-02

Robert Fertitta, American opera singer

1970-02-27

Patricia Petibon, French opera singer

1970-07-24

David Langham, The Phantom of the Opera

1970-10-13

Paul Potts, British Opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent

1970-9-19

Eli Richbourg, The Phantom of the Opera

1971-02-24

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Opera

1971-09-18

Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer

1971-10-15

Gavin Lee, The Phantom of the Opera

1972-01-05

Sander Peschier, A Night at the Opera

1972-01-27

Wynne Evans, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

1972-02-24

Jake Reardon, Repo! The Genetic Opera

1972-03-13

Sebastien Torkia, The Phantom of the Opera

1972-06-01

Janine Law, The Phantom of the Opera

1972-11-22

Kitty Kéri, The Phantom of the Opera

1972-12-21

Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer

1973-11-29

David Cain, The Phantom of the Opera

1974-05-24

Justin Murphy, Fallen Angel: A Rock Opera

1974-11-15

Julia Knight, The Phantom of the Opera

1976-02-25

Natasha, Sex Opera

1976-04-22

Eddie Alfano, The Soap Opera

1977-9-23

Lea Jerova, The Phantom of the Opera

1978-01-06

Nikki Einfeld, Canadian opera singer

1978-03-03

Sophia Hurdley, The Phantom of the Opera

1978-11-13

Jessica Horn, Repo! The Genetic Opera

1978-12-11

Yang Song, Mudan Ting: The Peony Pavilion - A Kunju Opera

1978-9-19

Ramin Karimloo, The Phantom of the Opera

1980-01-01

Francesca Cassola, Opera

1980-06-08

Georgina Hagerty, The Phantom of the Opera

1980-07-23

Lisa Black, Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera

1982-05-20

Sierra Boggess, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

1982-10-31

Katie Cofield, Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera

1983-05-26

Erin Stegeman, Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera

1983-05-30

Jennifer Ellison, The Phantom of the Opera

1984-06-14

Olivia Olsen, An American Opera

1985-08-29

Amiée Conn, Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera

1987-01-21

Amy Owens, The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera

1987-04-16

Milton J Cross, NYC, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air)

Opera - Weddings
Date Event
1822-03-16

Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 1st wife Opera Singer Isabella Colbran in Bologna

1846-08-16

Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris

1987-01-09

Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

1996-04-27

Soap opera actor Lorenzo Lamas (38) weds Playboy model and actress Shauna Sand (24) in Rockland County, New York

1996-06-16

Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky

1997-05-03

"Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California

2004-04-29

"Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (85) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan

2004-07-03

The Bachelor actor Bob Guiney (33) weds "All My Children" soap opera actress Rebecca Budig (31) in Long Lake, Michigan

2005-07-21

Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

2009-08-08

International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City

2010-10-10

Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota

2013-06-01

"How to Make It in America" actress Lake Bell (34) weds tattoo artist Scott Campbell at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana

Opera - Deaths
Date Event
1560-11-07

Peter S Lotichius, [Peter Lotz], German poet (Opera omnia), dies

1633-08-12

Jacopo Peri, Itallian opera composer, dies at 71

1642-02-24

Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at about 66

1643-02-25

Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60

1656-07-07

Michelangelo Rossi, Italian opera composer, buried at about 55

1676-01-14

Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian (opera)composer, dies at 73

1676-01-17

Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73

1732-12-04

John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47

1740-01-05

Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72

1744-01-25

Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer, dies at 64

1747-07-09

Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, dies at 76

1752-07-20

John C Pepusch, English composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at about 85

1768-10-31

Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78

1779-04-06

Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52

1804-11-19

Pietro Alessandro Guglieli, Italian opera composer, dies at 75

1821-08-24

John Polidori, The Vampyr: A Soap Opera

1832-03-12

Daniel Friedrich Kuhlau, German/Danish opera composer, dies at 45

1835-09-23

Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (Norma), dies at 33

1861-12-14

Heinrich Marschner, The Vampyr: A Soap Opera

1862-03-17

Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62

1871-05-12

Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, dies at 89

1875-01-03

Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buff), dies at 68

1882-06-24

Joseph Joachim Raff, German opera composer (Cavatine), dies at 60

1901-01-16

Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)

1906-09-02

Guiseppe Giacosa, Ital screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies

1908-11-08

Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77

1911-09-18

Russian Premier Peter Stolypin (1906-11), shot and murdered at the Kiev Opera House aged 49

1912-05-26

Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61

1912-08-13

Jules EF Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70

1916-01-15

Modest Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades: Bolshoi Opera

1916-03-24

Enrique y Campina Granados, Sp opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48

1921-08-02

Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48

1921-09-27

Engelbert Humperdinck, Ger opera composer (Schneewittchen), dies at 67

1926-01-24

Joseph Carl Breil, The Phantom of the Opera

1927-04-15

Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera

1930-08-04

Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer, dies at 61

1930-08-26

Lon Chaney, The Phantom of the Opera

1935-06-06

Jacques Urlus, tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth), dies at 68

1936-03-30

Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (b. 1895)

1937-04-22

Arthur Edmund Carewe, The Phantom of the Opera

1937-05-01

Snitz Edwards, actor (Phantom of the Opera, College), dies at 75

1941-06-26

Ettore Campana, A Night at the Opera

1942-03-26

Gustav Hinrichs, The Phantom of the Opera

1942-06-26

Carola Neher, The 3 Penny Opera

1943-08-06

Walter O. Stahl, Phantom of the Opera

1943-12-27

Rupert Julian, The Phantom of the Opera

1944-08-04

Floyd Porter, A Night at the Opera

1945-03-12

Alex Chivra, A Night at the Opera

1946-08-31

Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63

1946-09-29

Frank M. McCormack, The Phantom of the Opera

1946-10-08

John St. Polis, The Phantom of the Opera

1949-01-14

Willie Howard, Between the Acts at the Opera

1949-05-17

Béla Balázs, The 3 Penny Opera

1949-09-22

Sam Wood, US communist fighter/director (Night at Opera), dies at 66

1949-09-22

Sam Wood, A Night at the Opera

1950-12-04

James Kevin McGuinness, A Night at the Opera

1951-09-09

Gibson Gowland, The Phantom of the Opera

1952-03-16

Flora R. Snyder, Two Seats at the Opera

1952-09-08

Eric Taylor, Phantom of the Opera

1953-02-26

Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies

1953-03-11

Paul Lamkoff, A Night at the Opera

1953-11-02

Lester Horton, Phantom of the Opera

1954-05-16

Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61

1954-06-08

Maurice Cass, Charlie Chan at the Opera

1954-09-10

Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies

1954-10-27

Franco Alfano, Ital (opera)composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78

1955-05-27

Sol Michaels, Charlie Chan at the Opera

1955-08-22

Olin Downes, First Opera Film Festival

1956-01-12

Norman Kerry, actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61

1956-01-12

Norman Kerry, The Phantom of the Opera

1956-02-18

Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95

1956-03-11

Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83

1957-05-09

Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies

1957-06-21

Hans Herbert, Phantom of the Opera

1957-11-01

William LeVanway, A Night at the Opera

1959-01-03

William Tyroler, Phantom of the Opera

1959-10-07

Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack

1960-03-30

Joseph Haas, German opera composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81

1960-03-31

Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81

1961-03-06

Earl Seaman, A Night at the Opera

1961-04-21

James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57

1961-06-02

George S. Kaufman, A Night at the Opera

1961-08-08

Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)

1962-04-03

Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78

1962-08-20

Charles Maxwell, Charlie Chan at the Opera

1963-06-22

Earl Gordon Bostwick, The Phantom of the Opera

1963-09-05

Harry Albiez, A Night at the Opera

1965-01-28

Arthur Schutt, Phantom of the Opera

1966-10-17

Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies

1967-01-03

Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92

1967-03-06

Nelson Eddy, US baritone/actor (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65

1968-06-14

Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51

1969-02-02

Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83

1969-10-22

Giovanni Martinelli, Ital opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday

1969-10-25

Rudolf Forster, actor (Threepenny Opera, Tonio Kroeger), dies at 84

1969-12-31

Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69

1971-06-26

Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies

1975-01-03

Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87

1975-07-31

Mark Liebrecht, Parking Opera

1976-02-13

Lily Pons, French/US soprano/opera diva (Met Opera), dies at 71

1976-09-20

Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83

1976-12-04

Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63

1979-04-16

Maria Caniglia, Mad About Opera

1981-02-22

Michael Maltese, What's Opera, Doc?

1981-05-25

Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84

1982-05-26

Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer dies aged 97

1982-07-10

Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Aust/US, singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies

1982-10-12

Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73

1982-10-16

Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67

1983-06-02

Donald Gramm, New York City Opera: The Turk in Italy

1984-08-13

Chester Hale, A Night at the Opera

1984-10-03

Enrico Ricardi, A Night at the Opera

1984-10-24

Walter Woolf King, A Night at the Opera

1984-11-01

Elvira Curci, Phantom of the Opera

1985-05-16

Hans G. Casparius, The 3 Penny Opera

1986-09-26

Hugh Franklin, American soap opera actor (b. 1916)

1986-09-30

Charlotte Arren, The Doorman's Opera

1986-11-13

Rudolf Schock, German opera/operetta singer, dies at 71

1987-03-01

Beatrice Mancini, Una notte dopo l'opera

1988-01-29

Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide

1988-03-18

Katherine E. Hilgenberg, Jack Does Opera

1988-04-30

James McCracken, The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala

1988-07-22

Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87

1988-08-11

Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56

1988-09-27

Luther Hoobyar, A Night at the Opera

1989-05-30

Zinka Milanov, Met Opera Diva, dies of a stroke at 83

1989-06-04

Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71

1992-04-20

Rudolf Brix, The 3 Penny Opera

1992-05-02

Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88

1992-06-27

Allan Jones, A Night at the Opera

1993-05-07

Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89

1993-05-07

Mary Philbin, The Phantom of the Opera

1993-11-16

Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54

1993-12-12

Joan Cross, The Beggar's Opera

1994-10-20

Annette Ruderman, A Night at the Opera

1995-01-14

Alexander Gibson, Brit conductor/founder (Scottish Opera), dies at 68

1995-03-11

Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69

1995-04-30

Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59

1995-05-12

Arthur Lubin, Phantom of the Opera

1995-06-19

Murray Dickie, opera singer/director, dies at 71

1995-07-16

Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83

1995-11-22

Margaret St. Clair, The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera?

1996-03-08

Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38

1996-06-19

Alan Ande Anderson, opera director, dies at 78

1996-08-25

Sylvia Fisher, opera Singer, dies at 86

1996-09-02

Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83

1996-12-17

Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85

1996-12-31

Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63

1997-01-23

Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77

1997-09-02

Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95

1998-06-26

Iris Adami Corradetti, Opera Fanatic

1999-12-16

Ruth Welting, New York City Opera: The Ballad of Baby Doe

2000-08-16

Sally Amato, Amato: A Love Affair with Opera

2001-01-21

Frances Bible, New York City Opera: The Ballad of Baby Doe

2001-06-26

Gina Cigna, Opera Fanatic

2002-03-29

John Cameron, The Beggar's Opera

2003-02-04

Jerome Hines, The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala

2003-04-29

Jacques Mars, The Phantom of the Opera

2003-06-18

Marcella Pobbe, Opera Fanatic

2004-08-15

Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)

2004-11-28

István Bubik, The Phantom of the Opera

2005-02-21

Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)

2005-08-21

Martin Dillon, tenor, American opera singer (b. 1957)

2005-12-25

Birgit Nilsson, First Ladies of the Opera

2006-03-09

Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)

2006-04-15

Marianna Christos, New York City Opera: Carmen

2007-05-23

Franco Vitale, Opera

2007-07-18

Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)

2007-08-14

Sayoko Yamaguchi, Pistol Opera

2007-08-15

Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)

2009-01-17

Susanna Foster, Phantom of the Opera

2010-03-21

Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)

2010-05-25

Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)

2010-09-28

Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)

2011-03-21

Michael Abramson, The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy

2011-09-08

Paul Marion, Phantom of the Opera

2011-12-13

Tony Amato, Amato: A Love Affair with Opera

2012-01-24

Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83

2012-01-29

Camilla Williams, Aïda's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera

2012-11-28

Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90

2012-12-01

Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85

2013-03-20

Eli Richbourg, The Phantom of the Opera

2013-04-15

Ross Evans, The Opera

2013-10-07

Patrice Chéreau, French film and opera director, dies from lung cancer at 68

2014-07-05

Imogen Bain, The Phantom of the Opera

2014-09-08

Magda Olivero, Opera Fanatic

2014-12-14

Irene Dalis, The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera

2015-11-30

Luc Bondy, Swiss Opera, Theater Director, Dies at 67

2016-03-01

Tony Warren, creator of British soap opera Coronation Street, actor and tv screenwriter, dies at 79

2016-03-20

China's 'Nightingale' of Opera Zhou Xiaoyan Dies, Aged 98

2016-04-26

China's Peking Opera master Mei Baojiu dies aged 82

2018-06-12

Neal E Boyd, opera singer who won America's Got Talent, dies aged 42

2018-07-02

Gillian Lynne, Choreographer of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Dies at 92


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