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On this day in 1970 the Richard RodgersMartin Charnin musical Two By Two opened on Broadway. 

Born on this day in 1668 composer Francois Couperin.

Born on this day in 1759 dramatist and poet Friedrich von Schiller. Influences on opera libretti too numerous to mention.

Born on this day in 1873 composer Henri Rabaud.

Born on this day in 1907 singer Jane Froman.

Happy 89th birthday composer Ennio Morricone.

Happy 88th birthday composer and lyricist Marilyn Bergman.

Happy 76th birthday tenor Graham Clark.


  • Camille

    This is a very small and plaintive plea to Porgy Amor and La Cieca — could we please have a small go-to guide on the opera Thaïs, about to make her tumultuous return to the boards of the Metropolitan Opera, tomorrow afternoon?

    I counted nine (9) recordings, make that eight (8) as there are two (2) of RF, one of which a DVD, in the Wiki pages, three of them are hard to obtain Frenchies from the era before its big revival in the U.S.

    It just might help out a lot of people out there who haven’t spent any time with this courtesan yet -- there are so many!

    And a big ol’ IN BOCCA AL LUPO to the wonderful Sra Pérez, for whom I am hoping a big triumph in this iconic “diva” rôle!