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22 May
BIRTHS * Gaetano Andreozzi Italian composer. (1755) * Gérard de Nerval French writer and translator. (1808) * Richard Wagner . Composer. (1813) * Eduard Caudella Romanian composer. (1842) * Francis Hueffer English author and critic. (1843) * Enric Morera Spanish composer and conductor. (1865) * Jean Cras French composer. (1879) * Vina Bovy Belgian soprano. (1900) * František Jílek Czech conductor. (1913) * Maurice Blackburn Canadian composer. (1914) * Georg Tintner Australian conductor. (1917) * James King American tenor. (1925) * Alfred Kirchner German director. (1937) * Julian Rushton English musicologist. (1941)

DEATHS * Johann Georg Conradi German composer. (1699) * Domenico Corri Italian composer. (1825) * Alessandro Manzoni Italian novelist, poet and dramatist. (1873) * Franz von Holstein German composer. (1878) * Victor Hugo French author. (1885) * Hans Pfitzner German composer and conductor. (1949) * Theodor Scheidl German baritone. (1959) * André Baugé French baritone. (1966) * Mario Zafred Italian composer. (1987)

PREMIERES L'italiana in Algeri Gioachino Rossini; Venezia, Teatro S Benedetto, 22 May 1813. Djamileh Georges Bizet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 22 May 1872. Die Zaubergeige Werner Egk; Frankfurt, Städtische Bühnen, 22 May 1935. Una domanda di matrimonio Luciano Chailly; Milano, Piccola Scala, 22 May 1957. Der Prinz von Homburg Hans Werner Henze; Hamburg, Staatsoper, 22 May 1960.
 

23 May
BIRTHS * Andrea Lucchesi Italian composer. (1741) * Ferdinand Pujman Czech director and writer. (1889) * Rosa Raisa American soprano. (1893) * Heinrich Rehkemper German baritone. (1894) * Mark Lothar German composer. (1902) * Hellmuth Christian Wolff German musicologist and composer. (1906) * Jean Françaix French composer. (1912) * Horst Günter German baritone. (1913) * Günther Wich German conductor. (1928) * Ilva Ligabue Italian soprano. (1932) * Ingeborg Hallstein German soprano. (1937) * Francesco Degrada Italian musicologist. (1940) * Richard Gaddes American administrator. (1942)

DEATHS * Wilhelm Mangold German violinist and composer. (1875) * Henrik Ibsen Norwegian dramatist. (1906) * Hans Koessler German composer. (1926) * Slavko Osterc Slovene composer. (1941) * Radie Britain American composer. (1994)

PREMIERES Dido, Queen of Carthage Stephen Storace; London, King's Theatre in the Haymarket, 23 May 1792. Der Besuch der alten Dame Gottfried von Einem; Vienna, Staatsoper, 23 May 1971. Resurrection Tod Machover; Houston, Wortham Theatre Center, 23 May 1999.
 

24 May
BIRTHS * Ferdinand Fränzl German composer. (1767) * Henry Prunières French musicologist. (1886) * Zdeněk Blažek Czech composer. (1905) * Krešimir Fribec Croatian composer. (1908) * Marģers Zariņš Latvian composer. (1910) * Joan Hammond Australian soprano. (1912) * Giuseppe Valdengo Italian baritone. (1914) * Martin Kalmanoff American composer. (1920) * Sadao Bekku Japanese composer. (1922) * András Kórodi Hungarian conductor. (1922) * Konrad Boehmer Dutch composer. (1941) * Fiona Kimm English mezzo-soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * Friedrich Fesca German composer. (1826) * Benjamin Carr American composer. (1831) * Viktor Isidorovich Dolidze Georgian composer. (1933) * Cloe Elmo Italian mezzo-soprano. (1962) * Bernard Rogers American composer. (1968, 50 years)

PREMIERES Hans Heiling Heinrich August Marschner; Berlin, Hofoper, 24 May 1833. Le roi l'a dit Léo Delibes; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 24 May 1873. Cendrillon Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 24 May 1899. Bluebeard's Castle Béla Bartók; Budapest, Opera, 24 May 1918. (100 years).