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17 December
BIRTHS * Domenico Cimarosa Italian composer. (1749) * Johann Friedrich Schubert German composer. (1770) * Christian Frederik Emil Horneman Danish composer. (1840) * Nicola van Westerhout Italian composer. (1857) * Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky Russian composer. (1904) * Seth McCoy American tenor. (1928) * Makoto Moroi Japanese composer. (1930)

DEATHS * Nicolò Beregan Italian lawyer, poet and librettist. (1713) * Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch German composer. (1765) * Giuseppe Carcani Italian composer. (1778) * Louis-Abel Beffroy de Reigny French composer and librettist. (1811) * Saverio Mercadante Italian composer. (1870) * Richard Pohl German critic and translator. (1896) * Stefano Gobatti Italian composer. (1913) * Edgar Istel German musicologist and composer. (1948) * Ferdinand Pujman Czech director and writer. (1961) * Erwin Dressel German composer. (1972) * Mario Persico Italian composer. (1977) * Francesco Siciliani Italian administrator and composer. (1996)

PREMIERES Giulio Cesare in Egitto Antonio Sartorio; Venezia, Teatro S Salvatore, 17 December 1676. Issé André Cardinal Destouches; concert performances at Fontainebleau, 7 October, and Versailles, Trianon, 17 December 1697. La belle Hélène Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Variétés, 17 December 1864. The Long Christmas Dinner Paul Hindemith; Mannheim, Nationaltheater, 17 December 1961.
 

18 December
BIRTHS * Jean-Baptiste Rey French conductor and composer. (1734) * János Spech Hungarian composer. (1767, 250 years) * Rosa Newmarch English writer on music. (1857) * Lionel Monckton English composer. (1861) * Adolf Vogl German writer on music and composer. (1873) * Sergio Failoni Italian conductor. (1890) * Nina Koshetz Ukrainian soprano. (1894) * Saburō Takata Japanese composer. (1913) * Rita Streich German soprano. (1920) * Cesare Valletti Italian tenor. (1922) * Knut Skram Norwegian baritone. (1937) * Elliot Palay American tenor. (1948)

DEATHS * Johann Gottfried Herder German writer. (1803) * John Inigo Richards English scene painter. (1810) * Johann Mederitsch Austrian composer. (1835) * Felice Blangini French composer, singing teacher and tenor. (1841) * Giuseppe Nicolini Italian composer. (1842) * Louis Moreau Gottschalk American composer. (1869) * Francesco Florimo Italian librarian, musicologist and teacher. (1888) * Paul Xavier Désiré, d'Ivry French composer. (1903) * Alberto Randegger English conductor and composer. (1911) * Henryk Jarecki Polish composer and conductor. (1918) * Horatio Parker American composer. (1919) * Frederick Herman Martens American writer on music and librettist. (1932) * Sem Benelli Italian dramatist. (1949) * Zélie De Lussan American mezzo-soprano. (1949) * Winfried Zillig German composer and conductor. (1963) * Michelangelo Veltri Argentine conductor. (1997)

PREMIERES Oreste George Frideric Handel; London, Covent Garden Theatre, 18 December 1734. La schiava liberata Niccolò Jommelli; Ludwigsburg, Schlosstheater, 18 December 1768. El Barberillo de Lavapiés Francisco Asenjo Barbieri; Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, 18 December 1874. Iolanta Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 6/18 December 1892. The Makropulos Affair Leoš Janáček; Brno, National Theatre, 18 December 1926.
 

19 December
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Giordani Italian composer. (1751) * George Frederick Bristow American composer. (1825) * Adolf Sandberger German musicologist and composer. (1864) * Borys Karlovych Yanovs'ky Ukrainian composer. (1875) * Carlo Gatti Italian musicologist. (1876) * Walter Braunfels German composer. (1882) * Fritz Reiner American conductor. (1888) * Paul Dessau German composer. (1894) * Audrey Mildmay English soprano. (1900) * Dusolina Giannini American soprano. (1902) * Ludvík Podéšť Czech composer. (1921) * Michael Hurd English composer. (1928) * Wendy Fine South African soprano. (1943) * William Christie American conductor. (1944) * Russell Smythe British baritone. (1949) * Jane Bunnell American mezzo-soprano. (1952) * Olaf Bär German baritone. (1957)

DEATHS * Giovanni Faustini Italian librettist and impresario. (1651) * Gottfried Grünewald German composer and bass. (1739) * Carlo Monza Italian composer. (1801) * Jean-Georges Kastner French composer and theorist. (1867, 150 years) * Cleofonte Campanini Italian conductor and violinist. (1919) * Karl Jörn Latvian tenor. (1947) * Montagu Slater English librettist. (1956) * George Meader American tenor. (1963) * Carmen Melis Italian soprano. (1967, 50 years) * Tiberiu Brediceanu Romanian composer. (1968) * André D'Arkor Belgian tenor. (1971) * Lawrance Collingwood English conductor and composer. (1982)

PREMIERES Acis y Galatea Antonio de Literes; Madrid, Alcázar palace or Coliseo del Buen Retiro, 19 December 1708. L'Olimpiade Leonardo Leo; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 19 December 1737. Sïn mandarina César Antonovich Cui; St Petersburg, Artists' Club, 7/19 December 1879. Hérodiade Jules Massenet; Brussels, Théâtre de la Monnaie, 19 December 1881. The Queen of Spades Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 7/19 December 1890. Siberia Umberto Giordano; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 19 December 1903. Daisi Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvil; Tbilisi, Georgian National Opera House, 19 December 1923. Lanzelot Paul Dessau; Berlin, Deutsche Staatsoper, 19 December 1969.