No video of the immortal Tallulah in her great role, alas, so we make do with a clip from the 1941 film directed by William Wyler.

Happy 73rd birthday composer John Adams.

On this day in 1686 Lully’s Armide premiered in Paris.

Birthday anniversaries of tenor Dino Borgioli (1891),soprano Hina Spani (1896), composer Georges Auric (1899), songwriter Harold Arlen (1905) and baritone Raymond Wolansky (1926).