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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)
 

13 December
BIRTHS * Carlo Gozzi Italian playwright. (1720) * Mélesville French dramatist and librettist. (1787) * Heinrich Heine German poet and writer. (1797) * George Stephănescu Romanian composer, conductor and teacher. (1843) * Clarence Loomis American composer. (1889) * Daniel Lazarus French composer and conductor. (1898) * Iva Pacetti Italian soprano. (1898) * Jonel Perlea Romanian conductor. (1900) * Paul Kurzbach German composer. (1902) * Geoffrey Dunn English librettist, translator and tenor. (1903) * Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo Brazilian musicologist. (1905) * Frits Noske Dutch musicologist. (1920) * Walter Buczynski Canadian composer. (1933) * George Fortune American baritone. (1935) * Jorge Berroa Cuban composer. (1938) * Urszula Koszut Polish soprano. (1940)

DEATHS * George Frederick Bristow American composer. (1898) * Eleanor Everest Freer American composer. (1942) * Vittorio Mario Vanzo Italian conductor and composer. (1945) * Selim Palmgren Finnish composer. (1951) * John Charles Thomas American baritone. (1960) * Endre Rösler Hungarian tenor. (1963) * David S Poleri American tenor. (1967, 50 years) * Valeriya Vladimirovna Barsova Russian soprano. (1967, 50 years) * Fanny Heldy French soprano. (1973) * Marcelle Bunlet French soprano. (1991) * Arthur Jacobs English writer on music and translator. (1996) * Carlo Felice Cillario Argentine conductor. (2007)

PREMIERES Elisa Luigi Cherubini; Paris, Théâtre Feydeau, 13 December 1794. La fille du tambour-major Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Folies-Dramatiques, 13 December 1879. Izaht Heitor Villa-Lobos; Rio de Janeiro, Teatro Municipal, 13 December 1958.