Birthday Shows for Hatstand Opera Director

Pity the poor opera singer born in July, the season of outside performances and summer festivals. Hatstand Opera’s director Kirsty is nearly always singing on her birthday, and this year she’ll be playing boys and old bags (again) at our Opera in the Orchard “Golden Moments from Opera” performance.

So, we decided to see what other notable persons were born in July, which include:

B.T. Barnum, American showman and circus founder (200 years ago)
Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor (150 years ago)
William Hanna, American animator, co‐founder of Hanna‐ Barbera Productions (‘Tom and Jerry’, ‘Huckleberry Hound’, ‘Yogi Bear’, ‘The Flintstones’, ‘The Jetsons’) (100 years ago)

And noted some memorable events that happened on the same date:

11 Jul 1950
The BBC’s children’s TV show ‘Andy Pandy’ was first broadcast. (Kirsty’s least favourite tv show as a child, by a mile. And no, she didn’t see the first broadcast, thank you.)

11 Jul 1960
Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published. (Kirsty is an English graduate from Birmingham University – if that’s not a contradiction in terms…)

11 Jul 1985
The Coca‐Cola Company agreed to resume selling the original formula ‘Classic’ Coke after complaints from irate customers about New Coke. (A victory for teenage tastebuds, probably a disaster for dentists.)

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