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"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" opens on Broadway

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang, revolving around the relationships of 3 middle-aged siblings. The play opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theater after 9 days of previews. The production won a number of awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play.

Bedřich Smetana's "Vyšehrad" premieres

Vyšehrad is the first poem from Má vlast, which is a set of six symphonic poems. The poem, composed between the end of September and 18 November 1874, describes the Vyšehrad castle in Prague. It is the only piece in the cycle to be mostly completed before Smetana began to go noticeably deaf.

Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" premieres in Paris

Petite messe solennelle was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The extended work is a missa solemnis, but Rossini labeled it, not without irony, petite (little). He scored it originally for twelve singers, four of them soloists, two pianos and harmonium.

Premiere of Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Teatro della Pergola, Florence

Macbeth is an opera in four acts based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It was Verdi's tenth opera and was the first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage. Macbeth came before the great successes of 1850 to 1853 which propelled him into universal fame.

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