AUG 17 1876 Premiere of Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Hans Richter conducting. PIC Festspielhaus pit
July 26 1874 Serge Alexandrovich Koussevitzky born in Vyshny Volochyok near Moscow, conductor, composer and double-bassist, Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 1949. Koussevitzky brought to the stage most of the important orchestra literature of most of the important 20th century composers.
July 2 1900 Robert Kajanus led the premiere of Finlandia Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius in a performance by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society. PIC Kajanus and Sibelius
June 25 1910 Gabriel Pierné led the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Oiseau de Feu (Firebird) with the Ballets Russes in Paris.
Tamara Karsavina and Adoph Bolm in “Firebird”, 1911
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6 8 Hans von Bülow led the premiere of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the National Theatre in Munich . PIC Hans von Bülow
June 18 1821 Carl Maria von Weber led the premiere of his opera Der Freischütz, at the Schauspielhaus in Berlin. PIC Scene design for the finale 1821
June 17 1882
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky born in Oranienbaum (now Lomonosov), a suburb of Saint Petersburg. PIC Picaso’s drawing Dec 1920
June 10 1865 Premiere of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the National Theater, Munich, Hans von Bülow conducting. PIC Ludwig and Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld as Tristan and Isolde
June 9 1902 Premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (first complete performance) at Krefeld, Germany, Mahler conducting. PIC The LCSO performance in Decorah, IA and La Crosse, WI
June 8 1912 Premiere of Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris. PIC Set design by Léon Bakst