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03 May
BIRTHS * Carlo Maria Maggi Italian poet and playwright. (1630) * Florian Leopold Gassmann Bohemian composer. (1729) * August von Kotzebue German dramatist, diplomat and man of letters. (1761) * Nicola De Giosa Italian composer and conductor. (1819) * Richard D'Oyly Carte English impresario and composer. (1844) * Nikolay Tcherepnin Russian composer. (1873) * Egon Pollak German-Czech conductor. (1879) * Léopold Simoneau Canadian tenor. (1916, 100 years) * James Penberthy Australian composer. (1917)

DEATHS * Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Bohemian composer. (1704) * Arcangelo Spagna Italian librettist. (1726) * Francesco Algarotti Italian writer on opera. (1764) * Ferdinando Paer Italian composer. (1839) * Franz Xaver Gebel German composer. (1843) * Adolphe Adam French composer. (1856)

PREMIERES Zampa Ferdinand Hérold; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 3 May 1831. The Tigers Havergal Brian; BBC broadcast, 3 May 1983.
 

04 May
BIRTHS * Josef Kohaut Bohemian composer. (1738) * Stanislaus Spindler German composer. (1763) * Charles-Louis Hanssen South Netherlands conductor and composer. (1777) * James Henry Mapleson English impresario. (1830) * E N von Rezniček Austrian composer and conductor. (1860) * Frederick Jacobi American composer. (1891) * Robert Donington English musicologist. (1907) * Roberta Peters American soprano. (1930) * Gennady Rozhdestvensky Russian conductor. (1931)

DEATHS * Claude Gillot French painter and designer. (1722) * Ondřej František Holý Czech composer. (1783) * Max Kalbeck German writer. (1921) * Cesira Ferrani Italian soprano. (1943) * Enrique Brú Spanish composer. (1951) * Hector Dufranne French bass-baritone. (1951) * George Enescu Romanian composer. (1955) * Nino Sanzogno Italian conductor and composer. (1983)

PREMIERES Der Trompeter von Säkkingen Viktor E. Nessler; Leipzig, 4 May 1884. Irmelin Frederick Delius; Oxford, New Theatre, 4 May 1953.
 

05 May
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Porsile Italian composer. (1680) * Daniel Dal Barba Italian composer. (1715) * François-Jean Marquis de Chastellux French writer on music. (1734) * Leopold II . Holy Roman Emperor and patron. (1747) * Jean-Frédéric Edelmann Alsatian composer. (1749) * Thomas Linley English composer. (1756) * Eugène Cormon French playwright and librettist. (1810) * Achille Graffigna Italian composer and conductor. (1816, 200 years) * Stanisław Moniuszko Polish composer. (1819) * Federico Chueca Spanish composer and conductor. (1846) * Adalbert von Goldschmidt Austrian composer. (1848) * Antonio Smareglia Italian composer. (1854) * Homer Grunn American composer. (1880) * Petar Konjović Serbian composer. (1883) * Léopold Samuel Belgian composer. (1883) * Yelena Andreyevna Stepanova Russian soprano. (1891) * Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt German conductor and composer. (1900) * Maria Caniglia Italian soprano. (1905) * Kurt Böhme German bass. (1908) * Aurel Stroe Romanian composer. (1932)

DEATHS * Leopold I . Holy Roman Emperor, composer and patron. (1705) * Hinrich Hinsch German librettist. (1712) * Friedrich Ludwig Seidel German composer. (1831) * Gottlob Benedict Bierey German composer and conductor. (1840) * Lauro Rossi Italian composer. (1885) * Jan Nepomuk Škroup Bohemian composer and conductor. (1892) * Otto Lohse German conductor. (1925) * Gottfried Neumann-Spallart Austrian stage designer. (1983) * Rui Coelho Portuguese composer and conductor. (1986) * Reginald Goodall English conductor. (1990)

PREMIERES Alessandro George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 5 May 1726. Christophe Colomb Darius Milhaud; Berlin, Staatsoper, 5 May 1930. Paul Bunyan Benjamin Britten; New York, Columbia University, Brander Mathews Hall, 5 May 1941. Betrothal in a Monastery Sergey Prokofiev; Prague, National Opera Theatre, 5 May 1946. Das verratene Meer Hans Werner Henze; Berlin, Deutsche Oper, 5 May 1990.