On this day in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. Read more »
On this day in 1945 Noel Coward‘s revue Sigh No More premiered in London. Read more »
“She sounds the note of deep pathos in both action and song convincingly, and last night won the tribute of tears from many eyes.” On February 11, 1907, Geraldine Farrar, a week shy of her 25th birthday, became the Metropolitan Opera’s first Cio-Cio-San. Read more »
“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.”
Jamie Barton will add a new role to her Met repertory this season when she sings Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
On this day in 1828 Gioacchino Rossini‘s opera Le Comte Ory premiered in Paris.
On this day in 1772 Gustav III seized effective control of the Swedish government and restored the full power of the monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.
Born on this day in 1873 lyricist Otto Harbach.
In attempting to get a little bit of everything onto my Mixcloud page, I realized that I inadvertently neglected some essentials: 1) Leyla Gencer 2) La Gioconda.