“People who should be singing in church choirs are singing major roles. In some ways, success is harder to deal with than not being successful. A Verdi soprano? Grab her! Opera has become like instant soup; just add boiling water and people think it’s there.” — June Anderson, 1990.

On this night in 1924 Tullio Serafin made his Met debut conducting Aida.

Born on this day in 1801 composer Vincenzo Bellini.