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29 January
BIRTHS * John Hughes English librettist. (1677) * Giuseppe Bonno Austrian composer. (1711) * Georg Christoph Wagenseil Austrian composer. (1715, 300 years) * Giuseppe Nicolini Italian composer. (1762) * Daniel-François-Esprit Auber French composer. (1782) * Karl von Perfall German administrator and composer. (1824) * Frederick Hymen Cowen English pianist, conductor and composer. (1852) * Frederick Delius English composer. (1862) * Romain Rolland French writer on music, novelist and playwright. (1866) * Havergal Brian English composer. (1876) * Ludolf Nielsen Danish composer. (1876) * Maria Müller Czech soprano. (1898) * Ira Malaniuk Austrian mezzo-soprano. (1919) * Lois Marshall Canadian soprano. (1924) * Luigi Nono Italian composer. (1924) * Clifford Crawley English composer and teacher. (1929) * Myer Fredman English conductor. (1932) * Lorna Haywood English soprano. (1939) * Ermanno Mauro Canadian tenor. (1939) * Justino Díaz American bass. (1940) * Gigam Grigorian Armenian tenor. (1951) * Roderick Earle English bass. (1952)

DEATHS * Carlo Pallavicino Italian composer. (1688) * Edward Keurvels Belgian conductor and composer. (1916) * Carl Venth American composer. (1938) * Edward Lankow American bass. (1940) * Ladislao Zavertal Czech-Italian conductor and composer. (1942) * Sidney Jones English composer. (1946) * Mack Harrell American baritone. (1960) * Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski Croatian composer. (1987) * Ferruccio Tagliavini Italian tenor. (1995) * Camilla Williams American soprano. (2012)

PREMIERES The Beggar's Opera Johann Christoph Pepusch; London, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 29 January 1728. Il Mondo della luna Baldassare Galuppi; Venezia, Teatro S Moisè, 29 January 1750. Die Jagd Johann Adam Hiller; Weimar, Kleines Schlosstheater, 29 January 1770. La fiera di Venezia Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 29 January 1772. Idomeneo, re di Creta Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Munich, Residenztheater, 29 January 1781.
 

30 January
BIRTHS * Martin Simonsen Australian impresario. (1830) * Ferdinando Fontana Italian writer and librettist. (1850) * Charles Martin Loeffler German-born composer. (1861) * Walter Damrosch American conductor and composer. (1862) * Charles Trowbridge Haubiel American composer. (1892) * Georg Hann Austrian bass. (1897) * Benno Kusche German bass-baritone. (1916) * Jaroslav Krombholc Czech conductor. (1918) * Mitch Leigh American composer. (1928) * Mark Karmins'ky Ukrainian composer. (1930) * Richard Dufallo American conductor. (1933) * Ernesto Veronelli Italian tenor. (1938) * Mara Zampieri Italian soprano. (1951) * Jochen Kowalski German countertenor. (1954)

DEATHS * David August von Apell German composer. (1832) * John Addison English composer. (1844) * Josip Hatze Croatian composer. (1959) * Francis Poulenc French composer. (1963) * Fritzi Massary Austrian soprano. (1969) * Boris Blacher German composer. (1975) * Riccardo Nielsen Italian composer. (1982) * Richard Cassilly American tenor. (1998)

PREMIERES Telemaco Christoph Willibald Gluck; Vienna, Burgtheater, 30 January 1765. (250 years). Giulietta e Romeo Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 30 January 1796. Maria de Rudenz Gaetano Donizetti; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 30 January 1838. Eine Florentinische Tragödie Alexander Zemlinsky; Stuttgart, Hoftheater, 30 January 1917. Yūzuru Ikuma Dan; Osaka, Asahi Hall, 30 January 1952.
 

31 January
BIRTHS * François Devienne French composer. (1759) * Francesco Basili Italian composer. (1767) * Felice Romani Italian librettist. (1788) * Franz Schubert Austrian composer. (1797) * Karl Gottlieb Reissiger German composer. (1798) * Carlos Jiménez Mabarak Mexican composer. (1916) * Speight Jenkins American administrator. (1937) * Philip Glass American composer. (1937) * Hugh Macdonald English musicologist. (1940)

DEATHS * Filippo Juvarra Italian architect, stage designer and engraver. (1736) * Francesco Zannetti Italian composer. (1788) * Heinrich Reinhardt Austrian composer. (1922) * Elsa Alsen Polish-American soprano. (1975) * Margit Angerer Hungarian soprano. (1978) * Yasushi Akutagawa Japanese composer. (1989)

PREMIERES Admeto George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 31 January 1727. Quinto Fabio Ferdinando Bertoni; Milano, Teatro Interinale, 31 January 1778. Orpheus og Eurydike Johann Gottlieb Naumann; Copenhagen, Royal Opera, 31 January 1786. Cherevichki Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Moscow, Bol'shoy Theatre, 19/31 January 1887. The Wandering Scholar Gustav Holst; Liverpool, David Lewis Theatre, 31 January 1934.