Soprano Gundula Janowitz, bass Karl Ridderbusch and mezzo Gwendolyn Killebrew all making their Met debuts as Sieglinde, Hundig and Waltraute

Birthday anniversaries of writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet (better known as Voltaire) (1694)
and conductor James dePriest (1936)

On this day in 1901 Richard Strauss‘s Feuersnot premiered in Dresden

Happy 81st birthday mezzo-soprano Julia Hamari
Happy 77th birthday soprano Anne-Marie Rodde

Happy 58th birthday Bjork