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28 May
BIRTHS * Thomas Moore Irish poet and musician. (1779) * Léon Vasseur French composer. (1844) * Riccardo Zandonai Italian composer. (1883) * Václav Talich Czech conductor. (1883) * José Padilla Spanish composer. (1889) * Sándor Svéd Hungarian baritone. (1904) * Thomas Martin American translator and conductor. (1909) * Nicola Rescigno American conductor. (1916) * György Ligeti Hungarian composer. (1923) * John Culshaw English record and television producer. (1924) * Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau German baritone. (1925) * Peter Westergaard American composer. (1931) * Richard Van Allan English bass. (1935) * Franca Fabbri Italian soprano. (1935) * Dennis Riley American composer. (1943)

DEATHS * Luigi Boccherini Italian composer and cellist. (1805) * Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner German composer. (1833) * Antoine Reicha Bohemian composer and teacher. (1836) * Thomas Busby English composer and writer. (1838) * Viktor E Nessler Alsatian composer. (1890) * Aleksander Bandrowski-Sas Brandt Polish singer. (1913) * Queena Mario American soprano. (1951) * Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin Russian composer. (1963) * Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt German conductor and composer. (1973)

PREMIERES Arianna Claudio Monteverdi; Mantua, ducal palace, 28 May 1608. Le diable à quatre Christoph Willibald Gluck; Laxenburg, 28 May 1759. Die verwandelten Weiber Johann Adam Hiller; Leipzig, Theatre in Quandt's Court, 28 May 1766. Alceste Anton Schweitzer; Weimar, Hoftheater, 28 May 1773. Maruxa Amadeo Vives; Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, 28 May 1914. Der Zwerg Alexander Zemlinsky; Cologne, Neues Theater, 28 May 1922. Mathis der Maler Paul Hindemith; Zürich, Stadttheater, 28 May 1938.
 

29 May
BIRTHS * William Jackson English composer. (1730) * Pietro Romani Italian conductor and composer. (1791) * Emile Pessard French composer. (1843) * Isaac Albéniz Spanish composer and pianist. (1860) * Frédéric d'Erlanger British composer. (1868) * Francis de Bourguignon Belgian composer. (1890) * Mario Chamlee American tenor. (1892) * Marij Kogoj Slovene composer. (1895) * Erich Wolfgang Korngold American composer. (1897) * Desmond Shawe-Taylor Anglo-Irish critic. (1907) * Karl Ridderbusch German bass. (1932) * Linda Esther Gray Scottish soprano. (1948)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Porsile Italian composer. (1750) * Franciszek Mirecki Polish composer. (1862) * James Robinson Planché English dramatist, librettist, antiquarian and costume authority. (1880) * Remigio Acevedo Guajardo Chilean composer. (1911) * W S Gilbert English dramatist and librettist. (1911) * Josef Bohuslav Foerster Czech composer. (1951) * Giuseppe Patanè Italian conductor. (1989)

PREMIERES Eliza Thomas Augustine Arne; London, New Theatre in the Haymarket, 29 May 1754. King Priam Michael Tippett; Coventry, Belgrade Theatre, 29 May 1962.
 

30 May
BIRTHS * Johann Christian Lobe German composer. (1797) * Edouard Blau French librettist. (1836) * Louis Varney French composer. (1844) * Guido M Gatti Italian musicologist. (1892) * Walter Felsenstein Austrian director. (1901) * Cedric Thorpe Davie Scottish composer. (1913) * George London American bass-baritone. (1920) * Claude Prey French composer. (1925) * Clifford Ford Canadian composer. (1947) * Marco Tutino Italian composer. (1954)

DEATHS * Jean-Claude Gillier French composer. (1737) * Antonio Pollarolo Italian composer. (1746) * Voltaire French author and philosopher. (1778) * Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti Italian librettist. (1934) * John Forsell Swedish baritone. (1941) * Aline Vallandri French soprano. (1952) * Gaston Brenta Belgian composer. (1969) * Carl Hartmann German tenor. (1969) * Matei Socor Romanian composer and conductor. (1980) * Zinka Milanov Croatian soprano. (1989)

PREMIERES Armida abbandonata Niccolò Jommelli; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 30 May 1770. Ifigenia in Tauride Niccolò Jommelli; Napoli, S Carlo, 30 May 1771. Bianca e Fernando Vincenzo Bellini; Napoli, S Carlo, 30 May 1826. Amleto Franco Faccio; Genova, Teatro Carlo Felice, 30 May 1865. (150 years). The Bartered Bride Bedřich Smetana; Prague, Provisional Theatre, 30 May 1866. Jōruri Minoru Miki; St Louis, Loretto Hilton, 30 May 1985. Gawain Harrison Birtwistle; London, Covent Garden, 30 May 1991.