On this day in 2002 tenor Salvatore Licitra made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavardossi. His final Met performance is in the same role in April 2011.

On this day in 1881 Smetana‘s Libuse premiered in Prague

Birthday anniversaries of composer William Grant Still (1895)
and soprano Bidu Sayão (1902)

Happy 94th birthday bass Arnold Voketaitis
Happy 70th birthday composer Judith Weir
Happy 67th birthday tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini

On this day in 1959 the musical Once Upon a Mattress opened off-Broadway
On this day in 1965 the Kander-Ebb musical Flora the Red Menace opened on Broadway