This world’s waited long enough

Happy 70th birthday actress Glenn Close.

Born on this day in 1661 composer Francesco Gasparini.

Born on this day in 1801 librettist Salvadore Cammarano.

On this day in 1859 Charles Gounod’s Faust premiered in Paris.

Five years later his opera Mireille also premiered.

Born on this day in 1872 impresario Sergey Pavlovich Dyagilev.

Born on this day in 1898 baritone Armando Borgioli.

Born on this day in 1911 tenor Erich Witte.

Born on this day in 1912 lyricist and librettist Hugh Callingham Wheeler.

Born on this day in 1915 mezzo-soprano Nancy Evans.

Born on this day in 1921 baritone Robert McFerrin.

Born on this day in 1930 bass Boris Timofeyevich Shtokolov.

Born on this day in 1939 baritone Hermann Becht.

Happy 71st birthday soprano Diana Soviero.

Happy 73rd birthday soprano Eugenia Moldoveanu.

Happy 68th birthday mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson.