On this day in 1978 tenor Rockwell Blake made his Met debut on tour in Minneapolis as Don Ottavio. This series of tour Giovannis were also all of soprano Joan Carden‘s Met career (Anna), the last Met performances of sopranos Evelyn Mandac (Zerlina), Maralin Niska and Elizabeth Harwood (Elvira).

Birthday anniversaries of bass-baritones Hans Hermann Nissen (1893) and Erich Kunz (1909), baritone Chester Ludgin (1925) and director Nikolaus Lehnhoff (1939).