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22 April
BIRTHS * Henry Fielding English playwright, novelist and librettist. (1707) * Friedrich Christian Beuther German stage designer. (1777) * Christian Friedrich Hermann Uber German composer. (1781) * Wilfred Bendall English composer. (1850) * Ethel Smyth English composer. (1858) * Aleksander Bandrowski-Sas Brandt Polish singer. (1860) * Armas Launis Finnish composer. (1884) * Juan Vert Spanish composer. (1890) * Kathleen Ferrier English contralto. (1912) * Pascal Bentoiu Romanian composer. (1927) * Michael Colgrass American composer. (1932) * Fiorenza Cossotto Italian mezzo-soprano. (1935)

DEATHS * Miguel de Cervantes Spanish writer. (1616) * Mario Savioni Italian alto and composer. (1685) * Carlo Maria Maggi Italian poet and playwright. (1699) * Joseph Starzer Austrian composer. (1787) * Josef Triebensee Bohemian composer. (1846) * Edouard Lalo French composer. (1892) * Emanuel Züngel Czech translator and librettist. (1894) * Ödön Mihalovich Hungarian composer. (1929) * Charles Friant French tenor. (1947) * José Siqueira Brazilian composer. (1985) * Leslie Kondorossy American composer and conductor. (1989)

PREMIERES Naïs Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 22 April 1749. The Old Maid and the Thief Gian Carlo Menotti; NBC, 22 April 1939. Semele John Eccles; London, St John's, Smith Square, 22 April 1972.
 

23 April
BIRTHS * Eugène-Prosper Prévost French composer. (1809) * Louis Jullien French conductor and composer. (1812) * Ruggero Leoncavallo Italian composer and librettist. (1857) * Henry Barraud French composer. (1900) * Drogheda British financier and administrator. (1910) * Jan Meyerowitz American composer. (1913) * Gillian Whitehead New Zealand composer. (1941)

DEATHS * William Shakespeare English playwright. (1616) * Loreto Vittori Italian singer, composer and librettist. (1670) * Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco Spanish composer. (1728) * s Maria Antonia Walpurgis German princess, composer, singer and patron. (1780) * Frédéric d'Erlanger British composer. (1943) * Gemma Bellinicioni Italian soprano. (1950) * Elisabeth Schumann German soprano. (1952)

PREMIERES Les pêcheurs François-Joseph Gossec; Paris, Comédie-Italienne, 23 April 1766. Il re pastore Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Salzburg, Archbishop's Palace, 23 April 1775. Patience Arthur Sullivan; London, Opéra Comique, 23 April 1881. The Excursions of Mr Brouček Leoš Janáček;
 

24 April
BIRTHS * Christian Ludwig Boxberg German composer and librettist. (1670) * Giovanni Battista Martini Italian composer, teacher and writer on music. (1706) * Giovan Gualberto Brunetti Italian composer. (1706) * Frédéric Blasius French conductor and composer. (1758) * Marco D'Arienzo Italian librettist. (1811) * Charles-Louis-Etienne Nuitter French librettist, writer on music and librarian. (1828) * Carlo D'Ormeville Italian librettist and impresario. (1840) * Gladys De Grey English patron. (1859) * Jenő Huszka Hungarian composer. (1875) * György Kósa Hungarian composer. (1897) * Václav Trojan Czech composer. (1907) * Norman Tucker English administrator and translator. (1910) * Laci Boldemann Swedish composer. (1921) * Ferit Tüzün Turkish conductor and composer. (1929) * Norma Burrowes British soprano. (1944) * Bruce Saylor American composer. (1946)

DEATHS * Pierre Joseph Candeille French composer. (1827) * Girolamo Crescentini Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1846) * Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky Russian poet and translator. (1852) * Nestor Roqueplan French journalist and theatre director. (1870) * Marco D'Arienzo Italian librettist. (1877) * Camille Erlanger French composer. (1919) * Richard Batka Austrian critic and writer. (1922) * Ferdinand Hummel German composer and harpist. (1928) * Jef Van Hoof Belgian composer. (1959) * Tino Pattiera Croatian tenor. (1966) * Julia Perry American composer. (1979) * Leopold Ludwig Austrian conductor. (1979) * Danilo Švara Slovene composer. (1981) * Domenico Guaccero Italian composer. (1984) * Robert Erickson American composer. (1997)

PREMIERES Lottchen am Hofe Johann Adam Hiller; Leipzig, Theater am Rannstädter Thore, 24 April 1767. Eduardo e Cristina Gioachino Rossini; Venezia, Teatro Benedetto, 24 April 1819. Oprichnik Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 12/24 April 1874. Guercoeur Albéric Magnard; Paris, Opéra, 24 April 1931. Skripka Rotshil'da Veniamin Iosifovich Fleyshman; Leningrad, Experimental Chamber Opera Studio of the Leningrad Conservatory, 24 April 1968. (50 years).