Overture light the lightsOn this day across opera history, four major works premiered. (The cher public are invited to post their favorite clips from these various operas.) 

On this day in 1842 Verdi’s Nabucco premiered in Milan.

Two years later on this date his Ernani premiered in Venice.

On this day in 1849 Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor premiered in Berlin.

On this day in 1868 Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet premiered in Paris.

Born on this day in 1839 composer Modest Mussorgsky.

Born on this day in 1910 composer Samuel Barber.

Born on this day in 1923 bass Nicola Zaccaria.

Born on this day in 1928 bass Franz Crass.

Born on this day in 1930 conductor Thomas Schippers.

Born on this day in 1956 tenor Sergej Larin.