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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.
 

14 December
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Valentini Italian composer, violinist and poet. (1681) * Johann Antonín Kozeluch Bohemian composer. (1738) * Richard Batka Austrian critic and writer. (1868) * Armen Tigran Tigranyan Armenian composer. (1879) * John Christie English opera enthusiast. (1882) * Manolis Kalomiris Greek composer. (1883) * Georges Thill French tenor. (1897) * Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov Bulgarian composer and conductor. (1900) * Victor Yellin American musicologist. (1924) * Richard Cassilly American tenor. (1927) * Karan Armstrong American soprano. (1941) * John Rawnsley English baritone. (1950)

DEATHS * Joseph-François Duché de Vancy French librettist. (1704) * Johann Philipp Förtsch German composer. (1732) * Conradin Kreutzer German composer and conductor. (1849) * Heinrich August Marschner German composer. (1861) * Mario Aspa Italian composer. (1868) * Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov Russian composer, critic and educator. (1916) * Giuseppe Gallignani Italian composer and teacher. (1923) * Maurice Emmanuel French composer. (1938) * Constantino Gaito Argentine composer and conductor. (1945) * Roberto Moranzoni Italian conductor. (1959) * Nazzareno De Angelis Italian bass. (1962) * Margarete Klose German mezzo-soprano. (1968) * Eugene Berman Russian stage designer. (1972) * Karin Branzell Swedish contralto. (1974) * Rose Pauly Hungarian soprano. (1975)

PREMIERES Orfeo Antonio Sartorio; Venezia, Teatro S Salvatore, 14 December 1672. Amadis de Gaule Johann Christian Bach; Paris, Opéra, 14 December 1779. Il Trittico Giacomo Puccini; New York, Metropolitan Opera House, 14 December 1918. Wozzeck Alban Berg; Berlin, Staatsoper, 14 December 1925.
 

15 December
BIRTHS * Bernardo Buontalenti Italian architect, stage designer, engineer and painter. (1531) * Michel-Richard de Lalande French composer. (1657) * Henry F Chorley English writer and critic. (1808) * Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil French administrator and composer. (1821) * Francesco D'Arcais Italian critic and composer. (1830) * Pongrác Kacsóh Hungarian composer, teacher and writer on music. (1873) * Ion Nonna Otescu Romanian composer. (1888) * Lotte Schöne Austrian soprano. (1891) * Ferenc Farkas Hungarian composer and teacher. (1905) * Wilhelm Schüchter German conductor. (1911) * Glynn Ross American administrator. (1914) * Hilde Zadek German soprano. (1917, 100 years) * Raina Kabaivanska Bulgarian soprano. (1934)

DEATHS * Nicolò Giovanardi Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1729) * Joseph Martin Kraus German-Swedish composer. (1792) * Józef Damse Polish composer. (1852) * Gualtiero Sanelli Italian composer. (1861) * Elías Alvares Lôbo Brazilian composer. (1901) * Erich Walter Sternberg Israeli composer. (1974) * Mukhtar Ashrafi Uzbek composer. (1975) * Jan Peerce American tenor. (1984)

PREMIERES La vestale Gaspare Spontini; Paris, Opéra, 15 December 1807. Der Barbier von Bagdad Peter Cornelius; Weimar, Hoftheater, 15 December 1858. Bérénice Albéric Magnard; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 15 December 1911. Parisina Pietro Mascagni; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 15 December 1913.