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Covent Garden Opera Company's first performance

14 January 1947

The Covent Garden Opera Company gave its inaugural performance. London's Royal Opera House at Covent Garden had re-opened the previous year after being renovated. This was the company's first performance alone, without any collaborations with other organisations. They performed Carmen. The building had been through many changes before this period: during World War II, the Royal Opera House had become a dance hall, but in the post-war period, it was ultimately decided that the hall would return to its true calling as one of the world's premier opera houses.

    Overture - Prelude

    Psalm 14, "Habitabit"

    Prelude, "Les dragons d'Alcala"

    Subvenite sancti Dei

    Prelude, "Pastorale"

    Rogamus te, Domine



Birth of Mariss Jansons

14 January 1943

World-renowned conductor Mariss Jansons was born in Riga, Latvia. His father Arvids Jansons was also a celebrated conductor and his mother Araida Jansons an accomplished singer. Jansons initially studied violin with his father before entering the Leningrad Conservatory and continuing his studies in Vienna and Salzburg. Jansons' impressive discography consists of works of the greats: Mahler, Bruckner, Mussorgsky, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Strauss, Beethoven, Debussy and Poulenc.

    I. Kyrie (Live)

    II. Agitated, quick

    III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio (Live)

    III. Fast, joyful, dancing

    I. Adagio - Allegro vivace (Live)

    Scene 1: O God, who dost cleanse the wicked (Bishop, All)



A full concert of compositions by Charles Villiers Stanford took place

14 January 1889

The Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford conducted a concert in Berlin consisting exclusively of his own works. His Suite for Violin and Orchestra was performed by the celebrated Joseph Joachim. By this time, he was a lecturer at London's Royal College of Music and at Cambridge University and was an influential force owing to his stylistic individuality.

    We Are

    II. Adagio

    And I Love Her (arr. B. Chilcott for vocal ensemble)

    III. Finale: Allegro molto

    Don't Worry About Me (arr. C. Bruerton for vocal ensemble)

    I. Allegro



Death of Francesco Cavalli

14 January 1676

    "Già il sole dal Gange" (Saldino) [Orch. Orfeo 55]

    VII. Aquarium

    Danza, Danza fanciulla gentile [Orch. Courbier & Delaforge]

    VIII. People with Long Ears

    XV. Passacalle (Orch. Tufvesson)

    IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods