BIRTHSBéni Egressy Hungarian composer and librettist. (1814, 200 years)
Charles Malherbe French musicologist and composer. (1853)
Leo Blech German conductor and composer. (1871)
Jaroslav Kvapil Czech composer and conductor. (1892)
Randall Thompson American composer. (1899)
Leonard Warren American baritone. (1911)
Bruno Maderna Italian composer. (1920)
Charles Hamm American musicologist. (1925)
Suzanne Sarroca French soprano. (1927)
Bengt Rundgren Swedish bass-baritone. (1931)
John McCabe English composer. (1939)
Jill Feldman American soprano. (1952)
DEATHSPietro Della Valle Italian author, librettist and composer. (1652)
Jean Racine French dramatist. (1699)
Marie-Justine-Benoîte Favart French singer and dramatist. (1772)
Filippo Finazzi Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1776)
Ferdinand Zellbell Swedish composer. (1780)
Friedrich Christian Beuther German stage designer. (1856)
Otto Johann Anton Dütsch Russian composer and conductor. (1863)
Temistocle Solera Italian librettist and composer. (1878)
F C Burnand English librettist and dramatist. (1917)
Carlos López Buchardo Argentine composer. (1948)
Olive Fremstad Swedish-American mezzo-soprano and soprano. (1951)
Giulio Neri Italian bass. (1958)
James Melton American tenor. (1961)
Jack Allan Westrup English scholar, teacher and conductor. (1975)
Willi Boskovsky Austrian conductor and violinist. (1991)
PREMIERESGinevra di Scozia Simon Mayr; Trieste, Teatro Nuovo, 21 April 1801.
Undine Albert Lortzing; Magdeburg, Nationaltheater, 21 April 1845.
Edgar Giacomo Puccini; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 21 April 1889.
Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze Nino Rota; Palermo, Teatro Massimo, 21 April 1955.
BIRTHSHenry 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)
DEATHSMiguel 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)
PREMIERESNaïs 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.
BIRTHSEugène-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)
DEATHSWilliam 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)
PREMIERESLes 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;