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On this day 100 years ago, tenor Mario del Monaco was born.  

Born on this day in 1824 dramatist Alexandre Dumas fils

Born on this day in 1867 composer Enrique Granados

Born on this day in 1896 bass Ivar Andrésen

Born on this day in 1909 conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Happy 75th birthday Bugs Bunny (first seen in Wild Hare, released July 27, 1940)

Happy 63rd birthday soprano Carol Vaness

And here’s a bonus: a classic episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera featuring today’s centenarian. Once La Cieca finishes her babbling, the performance is Act 2 of La forza del destino from New Orleans Opera in 1953.

  • manou

    A propos:

  • David

    The Pollione is fabulous. But I am going to have to take a couple of aspirin and have a lie down in a darkened room to recover.

  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

    Born on this day in 1975 New York Yankee former designated hitter Alex Rodriguez

    • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

      Forget the “former” -- I was going to write “former third baseman” but deleted only part of it. He is still the DH, and one of the oldest players in the entire league. And he just hit three home runs in a single game.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    “Giovanni Jones” voice provided by Nicolai Shutorov

    Another Bugs classic:

  • La Cieca did not “babble”. I still miss Unnatural Acts Of Opera. She and her trusty sidekick were brilliant.