On this day in 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, to run 1,443 performances.

On this day in 1926 the United States premiere and first Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s Turandot, featuring Maria Jeritza and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, with Tullio Serafin at the helm.

On this day in 1908 conductor Arturo Toscanini made his Metropolitan Opera debut.