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26 October
BIRTHS * Jakub Jan Ryba Czech composer. (1765) * Nikolaos Mantzaros Greek composer. (1795) * Hendrik Waelput Belgian conductor and composer. (1845) * Joseph Gregor Austrian theatre historian and librettist. (1888) * Tiana Lemnitz German soprano. (1897)

DEATHS * Peter Cornelius German composer. (1874) * Victorin Joncières French composer and critic. (1903) * August Bungert German composer. (1915) * Domenico Viglione-Borghese Italian baritone. (1957) * Karel Kupka Czech composer. (1985) * László Halasz American conductor. (2001)

PREMIERES Il Filosofo di campagna Baldassare Galuppi; Venezia, Teatro S Samuele, 26 October 1754. La fée Urgèle Egidio Duni; Fontainebleau, 26 October 1765. L'equivoco stravagante Gioachino Rossini; Bologna, Teatro del Corso, 26 October 1811.
 

27 October
BIRTHS * Dominick Argento American composer. (1927) * Edda Moser Austrian soprano. (1938) * Charles Brett English countertenor. (1941) * David Johnson Scottish composer. (1942) * Stuart Kale Welsh tenor. (1944) * Volodymyr Mykolayovych Zahortsev Ukrainian composer. (1944)

DEATHS * Giovanni Francesco Busenello Italian librettist. (1659) * Ferdinand Fränzl German composer. (1833) * Edward Fitzball English dramatist and librettist. (1873) * Alphons Czibulka Hungarian composer. (1894) * Gladys De Grey English patron. (1917) * A M Willner Austrian librettist. (1929) * Georgette Leblanc French soprano. (1941) * Charles Levadé French composer. (1948) * Eduard Künneke German composer. (1953) * Franco Alfano Italian composer. (1954) * Bernardo De Muro Italian tenor. (1955) * Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov Russian composer. (1955) * Léon David French tenor. (1962) * Jaime Pahissa Spanish composer. (1969) * Norman Allin English bass. (1973) * Deryck Cooke English writer on music. (1976) * Hans Werner Henze German composer. (2012)

PREMIERES Il pirata Vincenzo Bellini; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 27 October 1827. New Year Michael Tippett; Houston, Wortham Theater Center, 27 October 1989.
 

28 October
BIRTHS * Ignaz von Beecke German composer. (1733) * John Thomson Scottish composer. (1805) * Ernst Rosmer Austrian playwright and librettist. (1866) * Conrado del Campo Spanish composer. (1878) * Fritz Wolff German tenor. (1894) * Howard Hanson American composer. (1896) * Giovanni Voyer Spanish tenor. (1901) * Louis de Meester Belgian composer. (1904) * Claramae Turner American contralto. (1920) * Kenneth Montgomery British conductor. (1943) * Alan Titus American baritone. (1945) * Ann Monoyios American soprano. (1949) * Warren Ellsworth American tenor. (1951)

DEATHS * Stefano Landi Italian composer and singer. (1639) * Joseph Bodin de Boismortier French composer. (1755) * Andrea Adolfati Italian composer. (1760) * Michel Blavet French composer and flautist. (1768) * Jacopo Durandi Italian librettist. (1817) * Francesco Morlacchi Italian composer. (1841) * Richard Heuberger Austrian composer. (1914, 100 years) * Yelizaveta Fyodorovna Petrenko Ukrainian mezzo-soprano. (1951) * Mária Gyurkovics Hungarian soprano. (1973) * Giuseppe Savagnone Italian conductor and composer. (1984) * Willem Pelemans Belgian composer. (1991)

PREMIERES Roberto Devereux Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 28 October 1837. Die Abreise Eugen d'Albert; Frankfurt, 28 October 1898. Capriccio Richard Strauss; Munich, Staatsoper, 28 October 1942.