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Happy 89th birthday actress Ann Blyth

On this day in 1876 Wagner’s Siegfried premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

Born on this day in 1795 composer Heinrich August Marschner.

Born on this day in 1863 composer Gabriel Pierné.

Born on this day in 1895 composer Jacinto Guerrero.

Born on this day in 1913 baritone Osie Hawkins.

Born on this day in 1939 soprano/mezzo-soprano Janis Martin.

Happy 72nd birthday soprano Evelyn Mandac.

Happy 66th birthday soprano Sharon Sweet.

Happy 65th birthday soprano Gianna Rolandi.

Happy 62nd birthday baritone Alexandru Agache.

  • La Cieca

    “It’s all fun and games until Jove’s consort Juno spitefully transforms Calisto into a bear. But there’s a happy ending (of sorts) when the sorrowing Jove transforms Calisto yet once more, this time into the constellation Ursa Major.”

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Let the birthday girl have a song!

    • StageLefty

      I was with a “civic light opera company” in the 80’s, and worked with AB on two operettas -- she was a stage pro, lovely onstage and off. She retired from films to raise a family, and as she married a physician, and had the money to have an accompanist come every week, and she kept her voice in terrific shape through all those years.

      • MisterSnow

        I did not have the pleasure of working with her, but I saw Ann Blyth in The King and I in Dallas in the early 60s. She was terrific in the part (opposite Michael Ansara). She also had a fuller voice that some of the “fluttery” fast vibrato sopranos favored by MGM. She, of course, was also an accomplished actress. Two great ironies -she played Helen Morgan in the movie bio, but her voice was dubbed by Gogi Grant as the studio felt an alto voice was more appropriate to the torch songs, whereas Helen Morgan was a light soprano and AB’s vocal range was perfectly suited to her keys. Also, in her Oscar nominated performance in Mildred Pierce she did not sing, whereas in the original book, the character studies to sing opera.

        • Torna Ulisse

          Um, that wasn’t her singing ‘Oceana Roll’? Going to hell in the cleanest dive Warner Brothers could supply?