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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.
 

20 January
BIRTHS * Ottavio Rinuccini Italian librettist. (1562) * Francesco Bartolomeo Conti Italian composer. (1681) * Buono Giuseppe Chiodi Italian composer. (1728) * Giovanni Domenico Perotti Italian composer. (1761) * Sebastián Iradier Spanish composer. (1809) * Ernest Chausson French composer. (1855) * Rudolf Bernauer Austrian librettist. (1880) * Gabriele Santini Italian conductor. (1886) * Eva Jessye American choral conductor. (1895) * Wilfred Conwell Bain American administrator. (1908) * Ennio Porrino Italian composer. (1910) * Teodor Bratu Romanian composer. (1922) * Valdo Sciammarella Argentine composer. (1924) * Antonio de Almeida French conductor. (1928) * André Jobin Canadian tenor. (1933) * Ugo Benelli Italian tenor. (1935) * Sándor Balassa Hungarian composer. (1935) * Jean-Louis Martinoty French producer and administrator. (1946)

DEATHS * Giovanni Carlo Bonlini Italian writer. (1731) * Florian Leopold Gassmann Bohemian composer. (1774) * David Garrick English actor, manager and playwright. (1779) * Christian Cannabich German composer. (1798) * Christoph Martin Wieland German poet, dramatist and librettist. (1813) * Franz Paul Lachner German composer. (1890) * Miguel Echegaray Spanish librettist. (1927) * Armando Borgioli Italian baritone. (1945) * Nikolay Bol'shakov Russian tenor. (1958) * Robert Donington English musicologist. (1990) * Marko Rothmüller Croatian baritone. (1993) * Jacques Chailley French composer and musicologist. (1999)

PREMIERES Le carnaval de Venise André Campra; Paris, Opéra, 20 January 1699. Rosamunde Anton Schweitzer; Mannheim, Nationaltheater, 20 January 1780. Die drei Pintos Carl Maria von Weber; Leipzig, Neues Stadttheater, 20 January 1888, in a version completed by {Gustav Mahler}. La Wally Alfredo Catalani; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 20 January 1892. Giuditta Franz Lehár; Vienna, Staatsoper, 20 January 1934.