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17 January
BIRTHS * Pedro Calderón de la Barca Spanish writer and librettist. (1600) * Antonio Salvi Italian librettist. (1664) * Antoine Houdar de Lamotte French librettist and aesthetician. (1672) * John Stanley English composer. (1712) * Jean-Joseph Vadé French composer and dramatist. (1719) * Thomas Linley English composer. (1733) * François-Joseph Gossec South Netherlands composer. (1734) * Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer. (1857) * Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Russian dramatist and short-story writer. (1860) * Hans Jelmoli Swiss composer. (1877) * Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky Russian composer. (1900) * Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky Russian composer. (1901) * Henk Badings Dutch composer. (1907) * Martin Cooper English writer on music. (1910) * Nancy Argenta Canadian soprano. (1957) * Agnès Mellon French soprano. (1958)

DEATHS * Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni Italian composer. (1751) * Alessio Prati Italian composer. (1788) * Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Basque composer. (1826) * José Cândido da Gama Malcher Brazilian composer. (1921) * Kipras Petrauskas Lithuanian tenor. (1968, 50 years) * Grażyna Bacewicz Polish composer and violinist. (1969)
 

18 January
BIRTHS * Ignác Plumlovský Moravian composer. (1703) * Caterino Mazzolà Italian poet and librettist. (1745) * Ferdinand Kauer Austrian composer and conductor. (1751) * Josef Wenzig Czech writer and librettist. (1807) * Emmanuel Chabrier French composer. (1841) * André Bloch French composer. (1873) * William Franke Harling American composer. (1887) * John Laurence Seymour American composer. (1893) * Berthold Goldschmidt British composer and conductor. (1903) * János Ferencsik Hungarian conductor. (1907) * Marianne Schech German soprano. (1914) * Juan Orrego-Salas Chilean composer. (1919) * Antonio Bibalo Norwegian composer. (1922) * David Hamilton American critic. (1935) * Katia Ricciarelli Italian soprano. (1946) * Christoph Prégardien German tenor. (1956)

DEATHS * Antonio de Literes Spanish composer. (1747) * Guillaume-Alexis Paris South Netherlands composer. (1840) * Edward Bulwer-Lytton English writer. (1873) * Filippo Marchetti Italian composer. (1902) * Alexandre Georges French composer. (1938) * Mariya Mikhaylova Russian soprano. (1943) * Feliks Nowowiejski Polish composer. (1946) * Fritz Wolff German tenor. (1957) * Warwick Braithwaite New Zealand conductor. (1971) * Chester Kallman American poet, librettist and translator. (1975) * Yvonne Printemps French soprano. (1977) * Ivan Ivanovich Dzerzhinsky Russian composer. (1978) * Cedric Thorpe Davie Scottish composer. (1983) * Ardis Joan Krainik American director and administrator. (1997) * Myfanwy Piper English librettist. (1997)

PREMIERES Amadis Jean-Baptiste Lully; Paris, Opéra, 18 January 1684. Caterina Cornaro Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 18 January 1844. The Nose Dmitry Shostakovich; Leningrad, Malïy Opera Theatre, 18 January 1930. Tintomara Lars Johan Werle; Stockholm, Royal Opera, 18 January 1973.
 

19 January
BIRTHS * John Weldon English composer. (1676) * Giuseppe Millico Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1737) * Carl Alexander Herklots German librettist. (1759) * Edgar Allan Poe American writer. (1809) * Josef Reiter Austrian composer. (1862) * Albert Wolff French composer. (1884) * Boris Blacher German composer. (1903) * Hans Hotter Austrian bass-baritone. (1909) * Luciano Chailly Italian composer. (1920) * Simon Rattle English conductor. (1955) * Kurt Ollmann American baritone. (1957)

DEATHS * Leone Allacci Italian theologian and scholar. (1669) * Pietro Antonio Bernardoni Italian librettist. (1714) * William Congreve English dramatist and librettist. (1729) * Michele Caballone Italian composer. (1740) * Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni Italian stage designer. (1766) * Maria Teresa Agnesi-Pinottini Italian composer. (1795) * Cesare Sterbini Italian librettist. (1831) * Ferdinand Hérold French composer. (1833) * Francis Hueffer English author and critic. (1889) * Marie Červinková-Riegrová Czech librettist. (1895) * Otakar Hostinský Czech aesthetician, writer and librettist. (1910) * Borys Karlovych Yanovs'ky Ukrainian composer. (1933) * Harold Fraser-Simson British composer. (1944) * Constantin C Nottara Romanian composer. (1950) * Betty Fischer Austrian soprano. (1969) * Stephen Arlen English administrator. (1972) * Iva Pacetti Italian soprano. (1981)

PREMIERES Alceste Jean-Baptiste Lully; Paris, Opéra, 19 January 1674. Gustaf Wasa Johann Gottlieb Naumann; Stockholm, Royal Opera, 19 January 1786. Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi; Roma, Teatro Apollo, 19 January 1853. Manon Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 19 January 1884.