Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Other birthdays and interesting anniversaries for March 21:

* Bach! (1685-1750)
* Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), composer of BORIS GODUNOV
* Gustav Neidlinger, bass-baritone (1910-1991) -- Greatest.
Alberich. Ever.

* Two anniversaries for the great American Verdi baritone (and former machinist) Cornell MacNeil. On this day in 1954 (I think it was) he made his New York City Opera debut as Germont in TRAVIATA, and on the same day in 1959 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Rigoletto, replacing Robert Merrill.