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10 December
BIRTHS * Christoph Friedrich Bretzner German playwright and librettist. (1748) * Louis-Sébastien Lebrun French composer. (1764) * Errico Petrella Italian composer. (1813) * César Franck French composer. (1822) * Philippe Gille French librettist. (1831) * Gustav Hinrichs American conductor, impresario and composer. (1850) * Srecśko Albini Croatian composer and conductor. (1869) * Noël Eadie Scottish soprano. (1901) * William Plomer South African-born librettist. (1903) * Olivier Messiaen French composer. (1908) * Otakar Kraus British baritone. (1909) * Sesto Bruscantini Italian bass-baritone. (1919) * Dimitar Uzunov Bulgarian tenor. (1922) * Vera Little American mezzo-soprano. (1928) * Michael Rippon English bass-baritone. (1938) * Yury Temirkanov Russian conductor. (1938) * Christian Badea Romanian conductor. (1947) * Julianne Baird American soprano. (1952) * Martine Dupuy French mezzo-soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * John Freeman English tenor/countertenor and composer. (1736) * Jonathan Battishill English composer. (1801) * Benedikt Schack Austrian composer and tenor. (1826) * Federico Ricci Italian composer. (1877) * Mariano Obiols Spanish composer. (1888) * Daoud &Hdotb;usni Egyptian composer. (1937) * Francesco Bartolomeo De Leone American composer. (1948) * Giovanni Inghilleri Italian baritone. (1959) * Mado Robin French soprano. (1960) * Henry Cowell American composer. (1965) * Franco Capuana Italian conductor. (1969) * Cuthbert M Girdlestone English writer on music. (1975) * Dennis Arundell English director and writer. (1988)

PREMIERES Arsace Domenico Natale Sarro; Napoli, Teatro S Bartolomeo, 10 December 1718. Les brigands Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Variétés, 10 December 1869. Christmas Eve Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 28 November/10 December 1895. Véronique André Messager; Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 10 December 1898. La fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini; New York, Metropolitan Opera House, 10 December 1910. La leggenda di Sakùntala Franco Alfano; Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 10 December 1921. Der Singende Teufel Franz Schreker; Berlin, Staatsoper, 10 December 1928. The Whirlpool Eugen Suchoň; Bratislava, Slovak National Opera, 10 December 1949.
 

11 December
BIRTHS * Apostolo Zeno Italian poet and librettist. (1668) * Francesco Algarotti Italian writer on opera. (1712) * Carl Theodor German patron. (1724) * Pietro Coppola Italian composer. (1793) * Hector Berlioz French composer and writer on music. (1803) * Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko Russian director. (1858) * Gennaro Papi American conductor. (1886) * Giacomo Lauri-Volpi Italian tenor. (1892) * Kostyantyn Fedorovych Dan'kevych Ukrainian composer and conductor. (1905) * Patrick J Smith American writer. (1932) * Jan Bach American composer. (1937) * Atsuko Azuma Japanese soprano. (1939) * Jon Garrison American tenor. (1944)

DEATHS * Fortunato Chelleri Italian composer. (1757) * Castil-Blaze French critic, librettist, translator and arranger. (1857) * Georg Zottmayr German bass. (1941) * Risto Savin Slovene composer. (1948) * Albert Coates English conductor and composer. (1953) * Ludwig Sievert German stage designer. (1966) * Victor De Sabata Italian conductor and composer. (1967, 50 years) * Ina Maria Ferraris Italian soprano. (1971) * Dimitar Uzunov Bulgarian tenor. (1985)

PREMIERES La cifra Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 11 December 1789. Das Christelflein Hans Pfitzner; Dresden, 11 December 1917. (100 years).
 

12 December
BIRTHS * Gennaro Manna Italian composer. (1715) * Carlo Cambiaggio Italian bass, librettist, composer and impresario. (1798) * Georges Jean Pfeiffer French composer. (1835) * Robert Edmond Jones American designer. (1887) * Kurt Atterberg Swedish composer. (1887) * Arthur Carron English tenor. (1900) * Ludwig Suthaus German tenor. (1906) * Gustav Gustavovich Ernesaks Estonian composer. (1908) * Toni Blankenheim German bass-baritone. (1921) * Francis Miroglio French composer. (1924) * Hanny Steffek Austrian soprano. (1927) * Donald Maxwell Scottish baritone. (1948)

DEATHS * Ludovico Ottavio Burnacini Italian stage designer and architect. (1707) * Daniel Purcell English composer. (1717, 300 years) * Alessandro Pepoli Italian playwright and librettist. (1796) * Giuseppe Farinelli Italian composer. (1836) * Henrik Rung Danish composer. (1871) * Paul Lacome French composer. (1920) * Edoardo Vitale Italian conductor. (1937) * Albert Carré French theatre and opera director, actor and librettist. (1938) * Eugenia Bronskaya Russian soprano. (1953) * Antun Dobronić Croatian composer. (1955) * Robert Kurka American composer. (1957) * Ilona Steingruber Austrian soprano. (1962) * Francesco Merli Italian tenor. (1976) * Bruno Bartolozzi Italian composer and violinist. (1980) * Louis de Meester Belgian composer. (1987) * Mary Jarred English contralto. (1993) * Joan Cross English soprano. (1993)