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17 October
BIRTHS * Agostin Piovene Italian librettist. (1671) * Maria Teresa Agnesi-Pinottini Italian composer. (1720) * Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny French composer. (1729) * Mario Aspa Italian composer. (1797) * Georg Büchner German dramatist. (1813) * Dionyssios Lavrangas Greek composer, conductor and teacher. (1860) * Otakar Jeremiáš Czech composer and conductor. (1892) * Dinu Badescu Romanian tenor. (1904) * Arthur Miller American writer. (1915) * Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz Polish composer. (1916) * Rolando Panerai Italian baritone. (1924) * Angelo Paccagnini Italian composer. (1930) * John Pringle Australian baritone. (1938) * Reiner Goldberg German tenor. (1939) * Maurice Wright American composer. (1949)

DEATHS * Gasparo Sartorio Italian composer. (1680) * Thomas Greenwood English scene designer. (1797) * Peter Winter German composer. (1825) * Johann Nepomuk Hummel Austrian composer. (1837) * Nicola Spinelli Italian composer. (1909) * Pavel Haas Czech composer. (1944) * Viktor Ullmann Austro-Czech composer. (1944) * Maria Farneti Italian soprano. (1955) * Mik'ayel Arsen T'avrizyan Armenian conductor. (1957) * Ingeborg Bachmann Austrian librettist. (1973) * Vittorio Gui Italian conductor and composer. (1975) * Georges Thill French tenor. (1984) * Joseph Rosenstock American conductor. (1985) * James Johnston Irish tenor. (1991) * Berthold Goldschmidt British composer and conductor. (1996) * Joseph Machlis American translator. (1998)

PREMIERES Ascanio in Alba Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Milano, Regio Ducal Teatro, 17 October 1771. Doña Francisquita Amadeo Vives; Madrid, Teatro Apolo, 17 October 1923. Abstrakte Oper no.1 Boris Blacher; Mannheim, Nationaltheater, 17 October 1953.
 

18 October
BIRTHS * Baldassare Galuppi Italian composer. (1706) * Heinrich von Kleist German writer. (1777) * Emile Mathieu Belgian composer. (1844) * Tomás Giribaldi Uruguayan composer. (1847) * Francis Thomé French composer. (1850) * Václav Kálik Czech composer. (1891) * Lotte Lenya American singing actress. (1898) * Otto Ackermann Swiss conductor. (1909) * Ita Maximowna Russian painter and stage designer. (1914) * Alexander Young English tenor. (1920) * Camillo Togni Italian composer. (1922) * Camilla Williams American soprano. (1922) * Barry McDaniel American baritone. (1930) * Pierluigi Petrobelli Italian musicologist. (1932) * Berit Lindholm Swedish soprano. (1934) * Catarina Ligendza Swedish soprano. (1937) * Margarita Castro Alberty Puerto Rican soprano. (1947)

DEATHS * Etienne-Nicolas Méhul French composer. (1817) * Othon-Joseph Vandenbroek Flemish composer. (1832) * Charles-François Gounod French composer. (1893) * Franc-Nohain French poet, novelist and playwright. (1934) * Alfred G Robyn American composer. (1935) * Giuseppe Borgatti Italian tenor. (1950) * Marguerite D'Alvarez Of Peruvian parentage mezzo-soprano. (1953) * Aladár Tóth Hungarian director and critic. (1968, 50 years) * Giovacchino Forzano Italian playwright, librettist and director. (1970) * Janine Micheau French soprano. (1976) * Joachim Herz German director. (2010)

PREMIERES Le devin du village Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Fontainebleau, 18 October 1752. La nonne sanglante Charles-François Gounod; Paris, Opéra, 18 October 1854.
 

19 October
BIRTHS * Leigh Hunt English critic. (1784) * Clarence Lucas Canadian composer and conductor. (1866) * Erna Berger German soprano. (1900) * Vittorio Giannini American composer. (1903) * Spike Hughes English composer and critic. (1908) * Frederick Sharp English baritone. (1911) * Stephen Arlen English administrator. (1913) * Karl-Birger Blomdahl Swedish composer. (1916) * Benita Valente American soprano. (1934) * Robin Holloway English composer. (1943)

DEATHS * Domenico Barbaia Italian impresario. (1841)

PREMIERES Tannhäuser Richard Wagner; Dresden, Hoftheater, 19 October 1845.