CurtinToday the world of opera mourns the death of soprano and pedagogue Phyllis Curtin, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94. 

Born on this day in 1875 writer Thomas Mann.

Born on this day in 1895 soprano Grete Stückgold.

Born on this day in 1926 conductor Klaus Tennstedt.

Happy 86th birthday mezzo-soprano/soprano Gloria Lane.

Happy 77th birthday tenor Giacomo Aragall.

Also Happy 77th to baritone Alberto Rinaldi.

Happy 74th birthday countertenor and conductor Paul Esswood.