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30 April
BIRTHS * Stanislav Suda Czech composer. (1865) * Franz Lehár Austro-Hungarian composer and conductor. (1870) * Acario Cotapos Chilean composer. (1889) * Alda Noni Italian soprano. (1916) * Tony Harrison English librettist and translator. (1937)

DEATHS * Henry R Bishop English composer. (1855) * Carl Rosa German impresario. (1889) * Antonio Cagnoni Italian composer. (1896) * Charles Radoux-Rogier Belgian composer. (1952) * Armand Marsick Belgian composer. (1959) * Giorgio Polacco Italian conductor. (1960) * Clive Carey English baritone. (1968) * Edvard Fliflet Braein Norwegian composer. (1976)

PREMIERES Tolomeo George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 30 April 1728. Der Rauchfangkehrer Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 30 April 1781. Lodoletta Pietro Mascagni; Rome, Costanzi, 30 April 1917. (100 years). Perséphone Igor Stravinsky; Paris, Opéra, 30 April 1934. Maître Pathelin Rainer Kunad; Dresden, Staatsoper, 30 April 1969. A Full Moon in March John Harbison; Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sanders Theater, 30 April 1979.
 

01 May
BIRTHS * Marco da Gagliano Italian composer. (1582) * Joseph Addison English librettist and writer on opera. (1672) * Modest Il'yich Tchaikovsky Russian dramatist and librettist. (1850) * Felipe Boero Argentine composer. (1884) * Anna Pollak English mezzo-soprano. (1912) * Gary Bertini Israeli conductor. (1927) * Juraj Hatrík Slovak composer. (1941) * Ruth Welting American soprano. (1949) * David Freeman Australian director. (1952)

DEATHS * John Dryden English writer and dramatist. (1700) * Charlotte Häser German singer. (1871) * Vilém Blodek Czech composer. (1874) * Luigi Arditi Italian conductor and composer. (1903) * Antonín Dvořák Czech composer. (1904) * Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko Soviet composer. (1934) * Julia Claussen Swedish mezzo-soprano. (1941) * Fernand Ansseau Belgian tenor. (1972) * Willi Reich Swiss critic and musicologist. (1980)

PREMIERES Ottone in villa Antonio Vivaldi; Vicenza, Teatro delle Garzerie, May 1713. Il Marito giocatore e la moglie bacchettona Giuseppe Maria Orlandini; Verona, May 1715, as Bacocco e Serpilla. La finta semplice Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Salzburg, Archbishop's Palace, probably 1 May 1769. Medea Georg Benda; Leipzig, Theater am Rannstädter Tor, 1 May 1775. Le nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Vienna, Burgtheater, 1 May 1786. Une Education manquée Emmanuel Chabrier; Paris, Cercle de la Presse, 1 May 1879 ; Paris, Théâtre des Arts, 9 January 1913. Nerone Arrigo Boito; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 1 May 1924.
 

02 May
BIRTHS * Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni Italian stage designer. (1695) * Vicente Martín y Soler Spanish composer. (1754) * C M Ziehrer Austrian composer. (1843) * Zygmunt Noskowski Polish composer. (1846) * Maurice Emmanuel French composer. (1862) * Samuil Abramovich Samosud Georgian conductor. (1884) * Arthur Lourié Russian composer. (1892) * Carl Hartmann German tenor. (1895) * Nicola Benois Russian painter and stage designer. (1901) * Aulikki Rautawaara Finnish soprano. (1906) * Charles Bruck French conductor. (1911) * Jan Hanuš Czech composer. (1915) * Anton Guadagno Italian conductor. (1925) * Horst Stein German conductor. (1928) * Derek Healey English composer. (1936) * Jeannine Altmeyer American soprano. (1948) * Valery Gergiyev Russian-Ossetian conductor. (1953)

DEATHS * Maria Maddalena Musi Italian singer. (1751) * Ignác Plumlovský Moravian composer. (1759) * Henri-Joseph Rigel German composer. (1799) * Giacomo Meyerbeer German composer. (1864) * Margarita Wallmann Austrian director. (1992)

PREMIERES Siroe Johann Adolf Hasse; Bologna, Teatro Malvezzi, 2 May 1733. Il piccolo Marat Pietro Mascagni; Roma, Teatro Costanzi, 2 May 1921.