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Bizet Opera Carmen

Opera synopsis, characters, and other information of Bizet's Carmen The French opera Carmen by Georges Bizet is one of the most fam...

Oct 25, 2016

October 25 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1825 - Johann Strauss II, Composer, Famous for Die Fledermaus ("The Bat")
1838 - George Bizet, Composer, famous for opera Carmen.
1881 - Pablo Picasso, Painter
1928 - Marion Ross, Actress
1942 - Helen Reddy, Singer


Artist Pablo Picasso

Historical Events

1415 - Henry V of England defeats the French at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. 

1854 - The British Light Brigade is overcome by Russian fire in the Battle of Balaclave in the Crimean War.

Oct 24, 2016

October 24 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1632 - Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Microbiologist
1811 - Ferdinand Hiller, Composer and Music Critic
1932 - Perre-Gilles de Gennes, Physicist
1947 - Kevin Kline, Actor

Leftie birthday:

None known

Historical Events

1260 - Chartres Cathedral in France, is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph line across the U.S., between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, is completed by the Western Union Company.

1885 - Johann Strauss, Jr.'s operetta The Gipsy Baron is first staged in Vienna. (Below is its famous overture in a public concert performance by the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Volker Hartung. Live from Hamburg's Laeisz-Concert Hall, Germany in March 2012.

Oct 23, 2016

October 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1844 - Sarah Bernhardt, Actress (22 or 23 October)
1844 - Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate.
1892 - Gummo Marx, Actor and Comedian
1905 - Felix Block, Physicist and Nobel Peace Laureate
1940 - Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), Professional Footballer


Brazilian professional footballer Pelé

Historical Events

425 - Valentinian III becomes Emperor of Rome at the age of six.

1942 - In Egypt, the second battle of El Alamein takes place  where Axis powers are forced to retreat.After three years of war, this is a crucial victory and boost to morale. Churchill describes it as "not the beginning of the end, but, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

1973 - U.S. President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over audiotapes of his Oval Office conversations about the Watergate Scandal.

Oct 22, 2016

Franz Liszt

Classical Music /  Composer's Datebook: October 22

Franz Liszt, his life, musical style, influence and works. Arguably considered the supreme Romantic composer. He is best remembered for his orchestral symphonic poems and for his unsurpassed piano virtuosity.   

Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt (Raiding, October 22, 1811 - Bayreuth, July 31, 1886), is best remembered for his concept of descriptive orchestral music he called 'symphonic poem ,' also known as 'tone poem,' and as the most talented pianist of his time.
His primary interests in life were threefold - religion, music, and the arts; perhaps we can add the fourth, a female companionship - in equal fervor.
Liszt was taught the piano by his father and later by Carl Czerny in Vienna, he made his debut establishing himself as a remarkable concert pianist by age 12. In Paris he studied theory and composition, then travelled widely in Europe, at age 14, writing the opera Don Sanche in Paris.  There, he also met Chopin and Berlioz.