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18 April
BIRTHS * Bernhard Anselm Weber German composer and conductor. (1764, 250 years) * Franz Suppé Austrian composer and conductor. (1819) * Jean Roger-Ducasse French composer. (1873) * Zdeněk Chalabala Czech conductor. (1899) * Sylvia Fisher Australian soprano. (1910) * Naděžda Kniplová Czech soprano. (1932) * George Shirley American tenor. (1934) * Robin Leggate English tenor. (1946) * Catherine Malfitano American soprano. (1948)

DEATHS * José Maurício Nunes Garcia Brazilian composer. (1830) * Józef Elsner Polish composer. (1854) * Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński Polish composer. (1928) * Srecśko Albini Croatian composer and conductor. (1933) * Ottorino Respighi Italian composer. (1936) * Julius Brammer Austrian librettist. (1943) * Amy Shuard English soprano. (1975)

PREMIERES Persée Jean-Baptiste Lully; Paris, Opéra, 17 or 18 April 1682.
 

19 April
BIRTHS * Carlo d'Ordonez Austrian composer. (1734) * Gioseffo Catrufo Italian composer. (1771) * Franz Gläser Bohemian composer. (1798) * Siegfried Ochs German composer. (1858) * Max von Schillings German composer, conductor and administrator. (1868) * Germaine Tailleferre French composer. (1892) * Walter Widdop English tenor. (1892) * Joseph Keilberth German conductor. (1908) * Anthony A Bliss American administrator. (1913) * Hertha Töpper Austrian mezzo-soprano. (1924) * Myron S Fink American composer. (1932) * Bernhard Klee German conductor. (1936) * Kenneth Riegel American tenor. (1938)

DEATHS * Christina . Queen of Sweden and patron. (1689) * Florian Johann Deller Austrian composer. (1773) * Byron English poet. (1824) * Jean Frédéric Auguste Lemière de Corvey French composer. (1832) * Virgilio Ranzato Italian composer. (1937) * Gustave Doret Swiss composer. (1943) * Alois Burgstaller German tenor. (1945) * Berners English composer. (1950) * Aksel Schiøtz Danish tenor. (1975)

PREMIERES Psyché Jean-Baptiste Lully; Paris, Opéra, 19 April 1678. Iphigénie en Aulide Christoph Willibald Gluck; Paris, Opéra, 19 April 1774. Les cloches de Corneville Robert Planquette; Paris, Folies-Dramatiques, 19 April 1877. Behold the Sun Alexander Goehr; Duisburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, 19 April 1985. Fedra Sylvano Bussotti; Roma, Teatro dell'Opera, 19 April 1988.
 

20 April
BIRTHS * Brunswick French librettist. (1805) * Auguste Chapuis French composer. (1858) * Sem Dresden Dutch composer. (1881) * Veselin Stoyanov Bulgarian composer. (1902) * Josef Herrmann German baritone. (1903) * Giovanni Malipiero Italian tenor. (1906) * Jin Xiang Chinese composer. (1935) * John Eliot Gardiner English conductor. (1943)

DEATHS * Johan Henrik Kellgren Swedish librettist. (1795) * Carl Loewe German composer. (1869) * Alexander Girardi Austrian comic singer and actor. (1918) * Paul Franz French tenor. (1950) * Edward Johnson Canadian tenor and impresario. (1959) * Hilde Konetzni Austrian soprano. (1980) * Frederick Sharp English baritone. (1988) * Giuseppe Sinopoli Italian conductor and composer. (2001)

PREMIERES Lord {Byron} Virgil Thomson; Juilliard Theater, New York, 20 April 1972.