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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, 200 years) * 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) * 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.
 

20 October
BIRTHS * Joachim Perinet Austrian dramatist and actor. (1763) * Lauris Elms Australian contralto. (1931) * Dunja Vejzovic Croatian mezzo-soprano. (1943) * Thomas Pasatieri American composer. (1945) * John Joseph Elwes English tenor. (1946) * Wolfgang Brendel German baritone. (1947)

DEATHS * Christopher Gibbons English composer. (1676) * Michael William Balfe Irish composer and singer. (1870) * Charles-Antoine Cambon French set designer and scene painter. (1875) * Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov Russian critic and composer. (1927) * Emanuel Moór Hungarian composer. (1931) * Gabriel Grovlez French composer and conductor. (1944) * Emmy Bettendorf German soprano. (1963) * Germaine Lubin French soprano. (1979) * Jacopo Napoli Italian composer. (1994)

PREMIERES Cleopatra Johann Mattheson; Hamburg, 20 October 1704. Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen Richard Wagner; Dresden, Königlich Sächsisches Hoftheater, 20 October 1842.