On this day in 1967 the Marc Chagall production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute was unveiled at the Met. Soprano Lucia Popp made her Met debut as the Queen of the Night.

On this day in 1914 Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini premiered in Turin.

Birthday anniversaries of composer Luigi Boccherini (1743), soprano Adelina Patti (1843), baritone (and Brigitte’s father) Willi Domgraf-Fassbänder (1897) and director and designer Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (1932).