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20 May: Alexandre Kantorow Was Born
In 2019, Alexandre Kantorow won the first prize, gold medal, and Grand Prix at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, becoming the first French winner in the history of the competition. Kantorow struck the piano world with the impact of a
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19 May: Ravel’s L’heure Espagnol Was Premiered
Maurice Ravel presented his one-act opera L’heure Espagnol, probably most idiomatically translated as “How They Keep Time in Spain,” at the Opéra-Comique on 19 May 1911. Based on the play by Franc-Nohain, which enjoyed great success at the Odéon in
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18 May: Samson François Was Born
He supposedly felt physically ill when playing Brahms, and he considered the Beethoven sonatas boring because of their plastic imperfection. But what delighted him beyond all measure was to play Mozart on an old, out-of-tune Erard grand piano. Samson Pascal
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16 May: Smetana’s Dalibor Was Premiered
On 16 May 1868, the New Town Theatre in Prague saw the premiere of Bedřich Smetana’s opera Dalibor. The premiere sounded on the day of the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone of the National Theatre with the composer conducting.
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15 May: Anne Akiko Meyers Was Born
Born in San Diego on 15 May 1970, Anne Akiko Meyers is undoubtedly one of the world’s most esteemed violinists. Possessing flawless technique and artistry, critics and audiences marvel at her “wonderous palette of tones that range from edgy and
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10 May: Strauss’ Guntram Was Premiered
All beginnings are difficult, but you have to start somewhere. This might well have been the motto for Guntram, the first opera by Richard Strauss. Or, as the composer himself declared, “all of Guntram is a prelude.” Working on the
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9 May: Anne Sofie von Otter Was Born
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, on 9 May 1955, Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the finest singers of her generation. Internationally recognised as a concert and recital singer of exceptional gifts, von Otter has built an incomparable catalogue of
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5 May: Milhaud Christophe Colomb Was Premiered
The Staatsoper in Berlin saw one of the most elaborate and spectacular productions of 20th-century opera on 5 May 1930. Christophe Colomb to a libretto by Paul Claudel and with music by Darius Milhaud features more than 30 characters in
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