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On this day in 54 Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus (known as “Nero”) succeeded Claudius as Roman Emperor. 

Born on this day in 1887 composer Rafael Martínez Valls.

Born on this day in 1904 conductor Boris Khaikin.

Born on this day in 1912 composer Hugo Weisgall.

Born on this day in 1938 bass Enzo Dara.

Happy 68th birthday soprano Leona Mitchell.

Happy 67th birthday mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski.

Happy 66th birthday baritone Gregory Yurisich.

  • Rosina Leckermaul

    John Eliot Gardiner’s “Monteverdi at 450” cycle began last night in Chicago with L’ORFEO. Brilliant sonorities, gorgeous singing and playing, slow tempi. The Orfeo, Polish tenor Kristin Adam, is simply a wonder. He has a beautiful, rich voice that easily filled the cavernous Harris Theatre, superb technique and great stage presence. The ovations went on and on.

  • CKurwenal

    Is anybody going to the Ruby Hughes recital at Carnegie Hall tonight? I was at high school with her -- I’d be very interested to hear any reports.

    • Camille

      CK--ordinarily, I go to a lot of these recitals but am sorry to say tonight I am otherwise engaged. Too, toi, toi to your friend!

  • Camille
  • Camille

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=6eSE1VYa5l0

    This is just overwhelming!! Here’s is what I heard from today’s birthday girl, lovely Leona Mitchell and her singing partner, Luis Lima, all those years abo (thinking it was 1986) at Teatro dell’Opera, and by which I have always conserved the fondest memory. They were both young and beautiful, totally convincing in their roles. What a treat to re-live that long ago evening. Let me listen to hear if my memory holds up.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSl2jlwC3I0

    MY VOTE for greatest Met broadcast ever…1/21/39..My dumb parents never took me as a third birthday present………………… note the “E tu,ripeti il giuro” and the young Warren “Orrrrrore” NO ONE tops this cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!