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09 December
BIRTHS * Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner German composer and conductor. (1791) * George Grossmith English baritone and composer. (1847) * Karel Kovařovic Czech conductor and composer. (1862) * Carlo Zangarini Italian librettist. (1874) * Joaquín Turina Spanish composer. (1882) * Conchita Supervia Spanish mezzo-soprano. (1895) * Arthur Hammond English conductor. (1904) * Elisabeth Schwarzkopf German soprano. (1915) * Gilbert Py French tenor. (1933) * Alan Ridout English composer. (1934) * Christopher Robson Scottish countertenor. (1953)

DEATHS * Giulio Rospigliosi Italian librettist. (1669) * Georg Hann Austrian bass. (1950) * Issay Alexandrovich Dobroven Norwegian conductor. (1953) * Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin Russian composer. (1966, 50 years) * Ludwig Weber Austrian bass. (1974) * Boris Yevgen'yevich Kochno Russian-Ukrainian librettist and dance functionary. (1990) * Ina Souez American soprano. (1992) * Salvatore Allegra Italian composer. (1993)

PREMIERES Floridante George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 9 December 1721. Zhizn' za tsarya Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka; St Petersburg, Bol'shoy Theatre, 27 November/9 December 1836. Ruslan i Lyudmila Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka; St Petersburg, Bol'shoy Theatre, 27 November/9 December 1842. Salome Richard Strauss; Dresden, Hofoper, 9 December 1905. Le racine Sylvano Bussotti; Milano, Piccola Scala, 9 December 1980.
 

10 December
BIRTHS * Christoph Friedrich Bretzner German playwright and librettist. (1748) * Louis-Sébastien Lebrun French composer. (1764) * Errico Petrella Italian composer. (1813) * César Franck French composer. (1822) * Philippe Gille French librettist. (1831) * Gustav Hinrichs American conductor, impresario and composer. (1850) * Srecśko Albini Croatian composer and conductor. (1869) * Noël Eadie Scottish soprano. (1901) * William Plomer South African-born librettist. (1903) * Olivier Messiaen French composer. (1908) * Otakar Kraus British baritone. (1909) * Sesto Bruscantini Italian bass-baritone. (1919) * Dimitar Uzunov Bulgarian tenor. (1922) * Vera Little American mezzo-soprano. (1928) * Michael Rippon English bass-baritone. (1938) * Yury Temirkanov Russian conductor. (1938) * Christian Badea Romanian conductor. (1947) * Julianne Baird American soprano. (1952) * Martine Dupuy French mezzo-soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * John Freeman English tenor/countertenor and composer. (1736) * Jonathan Battishill English composer. (1801) * Benedikt Schack Austrian composer and tenor. (1826) * Federico Ricci Italian composer. (1877) * Mariano Obiols Spanish composer. (1888) * Daoud &Hdotb;usni Egyptian composer. (1937) * Francesco Bartolomeo De Leone American composer. (1948) * Giovanni Inghilleri Italian baritone. (1959) * Mado Robin French soprano. (1960) * Henry Cowell American composer. (1965) * Franco Capuana Italian conductor. (1969) * Cuthbert M Girdlestone English writer on music. (1975) * Dennis Arundell English director and writer. (1988)

PREMIERES Arsace Domenico Natale Sarro; Napoli, Teatro S Bartolomeo, 10 December 1718. Les brigands Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Variétés, 10 December 1869. Christmas Eve Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 28 November/10 December 1895. Véronique André Messager; Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 10 December 1898. La fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini; New York, Metropolitan Opera House, 10 December 1910. La leggenda di Sakùntala Franco Alfano; Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 10 December 1921. Der Singende Teufel Franz Schreker; Berlin, Staatsoper, 10 December 1928. The Whirlpool Eugen Suchoň; Bratislava, Slovak National Opera, 10 December 1949.
 

11 December
BIRTHS * Apostolo Zeno Italian poet and librettist. (1668) * Francesco Algarotti Italian writer on opera. (1712) * Carl Theodor German patron. (1724) * Pietro Coppola Italian composer. (1793) * Hector Berlioz French composer and writer on music. (1803) * Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko Russian director. (1858) * Gennaro Papi American conductor. (1886) * Giacomo Lauri-Volpi Italian tenor. (1892) * Kostyantyn Fedorovych Dan'kevych Ukrainian composer and conductor. (1905) * Patrick J Smith American writer. (1932) * Jan Bach American composer. (1937) * Atsuko Azuma Japanese soprano. (1939) * Jon Garrison American tenor. (1944)

DEATHS * Fortunato Chelleri Italian composer. (1757) * Castil-Blaze French critic, librettist, translator and arranger. (1857) * Georg Zottmayr German bass. (1941) * Risto Savin Slovene composer. (1948) * Albert Coates English conductor and composer. (1953) * Ludwig Sievert German stage designer. (1966, 50 years) * Victor De Sabata Italian conductor and composer. (1967) * Ina Maria Ferraris Italian soprano. (1971) * Dimitar Uzunov Bulgarian tenor. (1985)

PREMIERES La cifra Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 11 December 1789. Das Christelflein Hans Pfitzner; Dresden, 11 December 1917.