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17 February
BIRTHS * Domenico Mombelli Italian tenor and composer. (1751) * François Foignet French singer and composer. (1782) * Giovanni Pacini Italian composer. (1796) * Jaroslav Vrchlický Czech poet and librettist. (1853) * Ernest Ford English composer. (1858) * Edward German English composer. (1862) * Leevi Madetoja Finnish composer. (1887) * Vincenzo Bellezza Italian conductor. (1888) * Geoffrey Toye English conductor. (1889) * Gertrud Wettergren Swedish contralto. (1897) * Marjorie Lawrence Australian soprano. (1909) * Alfred Mendelsohn Romanian composer. (1910) * René Leibowitz French composer and musicologist. (1913) * Luis Sagi-Vela Spanish baritone. (1914) * Friedrich Cerha Austrian composer. (1926) * Lee Hoiby American composer. (1926) * Doru Popovici Romanian composer. (1932) * Ellen Shade American soprano. (1944)

DEATHS * Molière French playwright. (1673) * John Hughes English librettist. (1720) * Giovanni Fischietti Italian composer. (1743) * Heinrich Heine German poet and writer. (1856) * John Braham English tenor and composer. (1856) * Salomon Hermann Mosenthal German librettist and dramatist. (1877) * Francisco Asenjo Barbieri Spanish composer and musicologist. (1894) * Joseph Parry Welsh composer. (1903) * Ippolit Al'tani Ukrainian conductor. (1919) * Oskar Merikanto Finnish composer. (1924) * Bruno Walter German conductor. (1962) * Tancredi Pasero Italian bass. (1983) * Marģers Zariņš Latvian composer. (1993) * Sabine Hass German soprano. (1999)

PREMIERES Siroe George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 17 February 1728. Joseph Etienne-Nicolas Méhul; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 17 February 1807. Un ballo in maschera Giuseppe Verdi; Roma, Teatro Apollo, 17 February 1859. La Verbena de la paloma tomás Bretón; Madrid, Teatro Apolo, 17 February 1894. Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 17 February 1904. Boulevard Solitude Hans Werner Henze; Hanover, Landestheater, 17 February 1952.
 

18 February
BIRTHS * Denis Pierre Jean Papillon de la Ferté French administrator. (1725) * John Parry Welsh composer. (1776) * George Henschel English composer and baritone. (1850) * Louis Laloy French musicologist and administrator. (1874) * Petar Krstić Serbian composer. (1877) * Walter Herbert American conductor and administrator. (1902) * Marcel Landowski French composer. (1915) * James R Anthony American musicologist. (1922) * Rita Gorr Belgian mezzo-soprano. (1926) * Dieter Schönbach German composer. (1931) * Aldo Ceccato Italian conductor. (1934) * Marek Janowski Polish conductor. (1939) * Angeles Gulin Spanish soprano. (1943)

DEATHS * Peter Anthony Motteux English writer, playwright and opera pasticheur. (1718, 300 years) * Nicola Fago Italian composer and teacher. (1745) * August Gottlieb Meissner German librettist. (1807) * Alphonse-Toussaint-Joseph-André-Marie-Marseille Fortia de Piles French composer. (1826) * Giovanni Liverati Italian composer, conductor and singer. (1846) * William Hawes English musician. (1846) * Gustave Charpentier French composer. (1956) * Jaroslav Kvapil Czech composer and conductor. (1959) * Casimir von Pászthory Austrian composer. (1966) * Alessandro Ziliani Italian tenor. (1977) * Theo Herrmann Austrian bass. (1977) * Antonio de Almeida French conductor. (1997)

PREMIERES Alcyone Marin Marais; Paris, Opéra, 18 February 1706. Pia de' Tolomei Gaetano Donizetti; Venezia, Teatro Apollo, 18 February 1837. Philémon et Baucis Charles-François Gounod; Paris, Théâtre Lyrique, 18 February 1860. Le jongleur de Notre-Dame Jules Massenet; Monte Carlo, Opéra, 18 February 1902. Der Zar lässt sich photographieren Kurt Weill; Leipzig, Neues Theater, 18 February 1928. Der Silbersee Kurt Weill; simultaneous premières at Leipzig, Altes Theater; Erfurt, Stadttheater; and Magdeburg, Stadttheater, 18 February 1933. The Telephone Gian Carlo Menotti; New York, Heckscher Theatre, 18 February 1947. L'idiota Luciano Chailly; Roma, Teatro dell'Opera, 18 February 1970.
 

19 February
BIRTHS * Francesco Sbarra Italian librettist. (1611) * Francesco de Lemene Italian librettist. (1634) * Charles-Hubert Gervais French composer. (1671) * David Garrick English actor, manager and playwright. (1717) * Gottlieb Stephanie German actor, playwright and librettist. (1741) * Luigi Boccherini Italian composer and cellist. (1743) * Lauro Rossi Italian composer. (1812) * Emanuel Moór Hungarian composer. (1863) * Louis Aubert French composer. (1877) * Willi Domgraf-Fassbänder German baritone. (1897) * Grace Williams Welsh composer. (1906) * Nikola Hercigonja Croatian composer. (1911) * Michael Kennedy English writer on music. (1926) * Jean-Pierre Ponnelle French director and stage designer. (1932) * Vladimir Atlantov Russian tenor. (1939) * Stefania Toczyska Polish mezzo-soprano. (1943) * Alexander Vladimirovich Chaykovsky Russian composer. (1946) * Fabio Vacchi Italian composer. (1949)

DEATHS * Giulio Maria Cavalletti Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1755) * Pierre Louis Moline French writer. (1821) * Jerónimo Francisco de Lima Portuguese composer. (1822) * Arthur Clifton American composer and singer. (1832) * Georg Büchner German dramatist. (1837) * Jean-François-Alfred Bayard French librettist and dramatist. (1853) * Ferdinand Sieber Austrian singer and teacher. (1895) * Borys Volodymyrovych Pidhorets'ky Ukrainian composer. (1919) * Jerónimo Giménez Spanish composer and conductor. (1923) * Robert Fuchs Austrian composer. (1927) * Arnold Mendelssohn German composer. (1933) * Edyth Walker American mezzo-soprano. (1950) * Edmund Burke Canadian bass. (1970) * Pavel Ludikar Czech bass. (1970) * Luigi Dallapiccola Italian composer. (1975) * Lois Marshall Canadian soprano. (1997)

PREMIERES Orontea Antonio Cesti; Innsbruck, Teatro di Sala, 19 February 1656. Adelaide Antonio Sartorio; Venezia, Teatro S Salvatore, 1672. Orione Johann Christian Bach; London, King's Theatre in the Haymarket, 19 February 1763. Bianca und Giuseppe Jan Bedřich Kittl; Prague, Estates Theatre, 19 February 1848. Messidor Alfred Bruneau; Paris, Opéra, 19 February 1897. Francesca da Rimini Riccardo Zandonai; Turin, Teatro Regio, 19 February 1914.