On this day in 2017 the Metropolitan Opera celebrated 50 years at Lincoln Center.

Born on this day three great Swedish singer: soprano Elisabeth Söderström (1927), tenor Helge Brilioth and baritone Ingvar Wixell (both 1931).

Happy 75th birthday soprano Barbara Daniels. Happy 74th birthday soprano Stefka Evstatieva. Happy 70th birthday bass Roderick Kennedy. Happy 65th birthday stage director Nicholas Hytner.