On this day in 1955 conductor Rudolf Kempe made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Tannháuser. His final Met performance was Rosenkavalier only one year later.

Premiere performance anniversaries: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (1790, Vienna), Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier (1911, Dresden) and Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites (1957, Milan)

Birthday anniversary of mezzo-soprano Frances Bible (1927)