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Born on this day in 1797 composer Gaetano Donizetti

Born on this day in 1632 composer Jean-Baptise Lully.

Born on this day in 1892 tenor Erich Zimmermann.

Born on this day in 1937 tenor John Brecknock.

Happy 75th birthday baritone Philippe Huttenlocher.

On this day in 1948 Verdi’s Otello was the first opera to be telecast from the Metropolitan Opera.
Can’t find a kinoscope, but this broadcast came a few days after

Happy 71st birthday soprano Carole Farley.

  • La Cieca

    On this day in 1976, Tatiana Troyanos sang her first Met Met Amneris.

    The New York Times noted “Hers was a freshly conceived character, sure in its details and a pleasure to watch. With her slim figure and elegantly modeled face, she looked regally Egyptian. On her the elaborate costumes made sense. In the last act she changed radically from the imperious princess to the distraught woman, torn between love, jealousy and vindictiveness. . . . [T]he last act was sung with fine dramatic intensity, without resorting to unwieldy chest tones.”

    • Camille

      Was TT working for the Times that long ago?

    • Christian Ocier

      Truly, one of the last century’s greatest mezzo sopranos and artists. Her Santuzza, Venus, Eboli, and Kundry are among some of my favorite assumptions of these great roles. This Amneris too is a treasure--I’ve never heard her in the part, but her superb musicianship and artistry as always shine through.

  • Porgy Amor

    I know that that top photo is Devia in the Madrid Roberto Devereux (I wrote about that here), but still, I look at it and in my head I hear “Don’t go for second best, baby, put your love to the test…”

  • Antikitschychick

    Is anyone else going to see Norma on Friday? I just bought my ticket today. Am very excited to finally get hear this great masterpiece live with very formidable singers in the lead roles after listening to so many recordings and videos of it.

    And speaking of Norma, Christmas is coming early in Ukraine:

    No idea who that conductor is but I’m glad she’ll be doing a concert version, (i.e. a test-run so to speak) before performing it in Houston this coming spring, even if it means I won’t actually be one of the first ppl to hear her sing the role :-(. But this is absolutely what she should be doing. I do have to say, I find it a bit shady that none of the other singers are mentioned. I would think that at this point they’d at least know who all of the other soloists are but maybe they do things on the fly over there. Doesn’t seem like the performance will be recorded but hopefully a Youtube video or two will pop up after. Anyway, there’s so much going on this season! Or I guess it seems that way to me.

    I hope everyone (who celebrates) had a nice Thanksgiving and spent less money than I did on Black Friday lol. Biee.