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06 February
BIRTHS * Middlesex English impresario. (1711) * Vicenc Cuyás y Borés Spanish composer. (1816, 200 years) * Luigi Mancinelli Italian conductor and composer. (1848) * Erna Sack German soprano. (1898) * Wiesław Ochman Polish tenor. (1937) * Matthew Best English bass. (1957)

DEATHS * Johann Philipp Krieger German composer. (1725) * Enrico Golisciani Italian librettist and poet. (1919) * Vladimir Alexandrovich Dranishnikov Russian conductor and composer. (1939) * Paul Althouse American tenor. (1954)

PREMIERES Idalma Bernardo Pasquini; Roma, Palazzo Capranica, 6 February 1680. La buona figliuola Niccolò Piccinni; Roma, Teatro delle Dame, 6 February 1760. Tancredi Gioachino Rossini; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 6 February 1813. La voix humaine Francis Poulenc; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 6 February 1959.
 

07 February
BIRTHS * Benedikt Schack Austrian composer and tenor. (1758) * Charles Dickens English writer. (1812) * Joaquín Gaztambide Spanish composer and conductor. (1822) * Richard Genée German conductor, librettist and composer. (1823) * Cristóbal Oudrid Spanish composer. (1825) * Ernst Frank German conductor and composer. (1847) * Mieczysław Sołtys Polish composer. (1863) * Ricardo Castro Herrera Mexican composer. (1864) * Cornelis Dopper Dutch conductor and composer. (1870) * Wilhelm Stenhammar Swedish composer. (1871) * Erkki Melartin Finnish composer. (1875) * Feliks Nowowiejski Polish composer. (1877) * Galliano Masini Italian tenor. (1896) * Oskar Danon Yugoslav conductor and composer. (1913) * Carlo Felice Cillario Argentine conductor. (1915) * Harewood English administrator and writer. (1923) * John Buller English composer. (1927) * Jef Vermeersch Belgian baritone. (1928) * Stuart Burrows Welsh tenor. (1933) * Lois McDonall Canadian soprano. (1939) * Norman Welsby English baritone. (1939) * Wolfgang von Schweinitz German composer. (1953)

DEATHS * Filippo Acciaiuoli Italian impresario and deviser of spectacles. (1700) * Carlo Francesco Pollarolo Italian composer. (1723) * André Cardinal Destouches French composer. (1749) * Giovanni Alberto Ristori Italian composer. (1753) * William Boyce English composer. (1779) * Franz Anton Dimmler German composer. (1827) * Marcos António Portugal Portuguese composer. (1830) * František Jan Škroup Czech composer and conductor. (1862) * Clairville French librettist. (1879) * Sigrid Arnoldson Swedish soprano. (1943) * Lina Cavalieri Italian soprano. (1944) * Hans Reinmar Austrian baritone. (1961) * Margaret Ritchie English soprano. (1969) * Dimitrie Cuclin Romanian composer. (1978) * Antonio Emmanuilovich Spadavecchia Ukrainian composer. (1988) * Jean Giraudeau French tenor. (1995)

PREMIERES Ercole amante Francesco Cavalli; Paris, Tuileries, Salle des Machines, 7 February 1662. Der Schauspieldirektor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Schönbrunn, Orangery, 7 February 1786. Prima la musica e poi le parole Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Schönbrunn Orangerie, 7 February 1786. Il matrimonio segreto Domenico Cimarosa; Vienna, Burgtheater, 7 February 1792. Thérèse Jules Massenet; Monte Carlo, Opéra, 7 February 1907.
 

08 February
BIRTHS * Pasquale Cafaro Italian composer. (1716, 300 years) * André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry Liégeois composer. (1741) * Joseph Eybler Austrian composer. (1765) * Ludwig Maurer German violinist and composer. (1789) * Antonio Cagnoni Italian composer. (1828) * Ferdinand Frantz German bass-baritone. (1906) * Ilona Steingruber Austrian soprano. (1912) * Giacinto Prandelli Italian tenor. (1914) * Newell Jenkins American conductor. (1915) * Zdeněk Zouhar Czech composer. (1927) * Nathaniel Merrill American director. (1927) * Malcolm Donnelly Australian baritone. (1943)

DEATHS * François-Antoine Habeneck French conductor. (1849) * Franco Leoni Italian composer. (1949) * Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin Russian composer. (1949) * Vincenzo Bellezza Italian conductor. (1964) * Gladys Moncrieff Australian soprano. (1976) * Josef Schelb German composer. (1977) * Charles Kullman American tenor. (1983)

PREMIERES I disingannati Antonio Caldara; Vienna, Hoftheater, 8 February 1729. Boris Godunov Modest Petrovich Musorgsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 27 January/8 February 1874. Four Saints in Three Acts Virgil Thomson; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 8 February 1934.