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On this day in 1930 Noel Coward‘s play Private Lives premiered in London.  

Born on this day in 1598 librettist Giovanni Francesco Busenello

Born on this day in 1868 composer Tomás López Torregrosa

Born on this day in 1891 contralto Karin Branzell

Born on this day in 1893 composer Rafael Millán

Born on this day in 1907 soprano Lina Bruna Rasa

Born on this day in 1910 tenor Helmut Melchert

Born on this day in 1915 conductor Ettore Gracis

Born on this day in 1922 baritone Cornell MacNeil

Also born on this day in 1922 baritone Ettore Bastianini

Born on this day in 1927 tenor Alfredo Kraus

Born on this day in 1938 baritone Pablo Elvira

  • manou
    • manou

      Excuse me -- Iain

    • DerLeiermann

      Ian is so nice. I had seen videos of him reviewing broadway shows, but never of operas. He’s so smart and cute, his first two instances pronouncing “Turandot” really made me smile.

    • JohninSeattle

      I agree with Iain, she’s so mean!

    • Camille

      What an adorable child.

      Long may he reign and may he not grow up to regret the beginnings of an incurable addiction.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        oh it’s curable! Especially when the intermissions are better than the performances.

        • Camille

          yes, but only if your Secret Commode is waiting for you and you don’t have to stand in line with all those old bladder=challenged old ladies, like myself.

          I’m going to the Grand Tier or wherever it is Bar this season to drown my sorrows………at least Anna gives me something to be happy about. Hope that Boatha’s boat floats, too, and that the Lulu will be up to snuff. I have to go to see a couple Turandots and suffer that awful Chinese wedding cake. After seeing the Peking Opera it is now really awfullllllll…….

          Best wishes to you, Maestro QPF! and hoping all goes well for you.

      • JohninSeattle

        Wait… there’s no cure?!! Nooooooo!

        I just hope he doesn’t turn cranky and bitter like so many have (nervously eyeing a mirror). Joyful Enthusiasm is wonderful thing.

  • Will

    I was very surprised to hear Alfredo Kraus singing “Je crois entendre” with every ascent to the top taken loudly. The aria is a reverie by a character who is drifting off to sleep remembering a beautiful experience years earlier, not a bold statement. I thought the true beaut of the aria lost in his rendition. I assume it was a specific choice in his part because I know he could do lovely things with a high head voice, but I do think he ruined a great deal of the aria’s effect singing it so loudly.

    • manou

      …and of course in this clip he sings “Je crois la voir encore…” instead of entendre (or even entende according to the title).

  • DerLeiermann

    Lina Bruna Rasa! I know her vocal technique was almost self destructive, but listening to her recordings is really thrilling to me. She was a very good Santuzza and as I understand it she was Mascagni’s favorite in the role, I believe they went to make a recording of it with the composer in the podium. The tempos taken by Mascagni were significantly slower to what we hear today, that really surprised me.
    But Lina Bruna… oh poor woman. Her life story was so tragic.

  • Camille


    Lang Lang is playing some moldy chestnut (Grieg piano concerto) tonight with the New York Philharmonic (Alan Gilbert, conducting), to open the DAVID GEFFEN HALL -(The Hall Formerly Known as Avery Fisher Hall) and you may listen to it LIVE and FREE!!! WHEEEEE!!! on Starts ; 7:30 pm.

    You can wear your muu=muu and you don’t have to have your nails done, let alone do a combover.

  • Camille

    Antikitschychick Alert! Please notice! Because of the visit to NYC by Il Papa, the subways and all ground transport in NYC is going to be extra backed up!!!! If you are going to the Met, as I recall you are this weekend, please add at least a minimum of a half hour or an hour to your travel plans. You don’t want to be spending the first act in List Hall again!

    Hope you get this and have a really great time. The Bar Boulud across the street is a nice place to go if you like. There’s is also a Starbucks around the corner.

    Have fun! And as you say, EEEEEEP!

    • DerLeiermann

      Camille do you live in Amérique? I was under the impression you were based on Europe.

      • DerLeiermann

        Ooops. This should be *in* Europe. Oh how I wish we had an edit function because I also messed up Iain’s name.

    • The restaurant is good and I had a very memorable Pommard there.