Gesamtkunst

Born on this day in 1813 composer Richard Wagner. Read more »

He who laughs first

On this day in 1892 Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci premiered in Milan.  Read more »

One of the drawbacks of fame is that one can never escape from it

Born on this day in 1861 soprano Nellie Melba. Read more »

Double diva day

Born on this day in 1906 soprano Zinka Milanov and in 1918 soprano Birgit Nilsson.

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Like a fine wine

Happy 69th birthday bass Ferruccio Furlanetto! 

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“Simple, direct and deeply human”

On this day in 1937 mezzo soprano Jennie Tourel made her Met debut as Thomas’ Mignon.

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“Splendida voce, fraseggio esemplare”

Born on this day in 1957 soprano Daniela Dessì. 

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Serious stuff

Born on this day in 1842 composer Arthur Sullivan. 

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Failure! Am I? Am I? Am I?

Thirty years ago today the musical Carrie: The Musical opened at the Virginia Theatre, to run four performances.

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A new hope

On this day in 2002 tenor Salvatore Licitra made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavardossi. 

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