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31 January
BIRTHS * Franz Christian Hartig German tenor. (1750) * François Devienne French composer. (1759) * Francesco Basili Italian composer. (1767) * Felice Romani Italian librettist. (1788) * Franz Schubert Austrian composer. (1797) * Karl Gottlieb Reissiger German composer. (1798) * Carlos Jiménez Mabarak Mexican composer. (1916) * Speight Jenkins American administrator. (1937) * Philip Glass American composer. (1937) * Hugh Macdonald English musicologist. (1940)

DEATHS * Filippo Juvarra Italian architect, stage designer and engraver. (1736) * Francesco Zannetti Italian composer. (1788) * Heinrich Reinhardt Austrian composer. (1922) * Elsa Alsen Polish-American soprano. (1975) * Margit Angerer Hungarian soprano. (1978) * Yasushi Akutagawa Japanese composer. (1989)

PREMIERES Admeto George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 31 January 1727. Quinto Fabio Ferdinando Bertoni; Milano, Teatro Interinale, 31 January 1778. Orpheus og Eurydike Johann Gottlieb Naumann; Copenhagen, Royal Opera, 31 January 1786. Cherevichki Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Moscow, Bol'shoy Theatre, 19/31 January 1887. The Wandering Scholar Gustav Holst; Liverpool, David Lewis Theatre, 31 January 1934.
 

01 February
BIRTHS * Francesco Maria Veracini Italian composer and violinist. (1690) * Luigi Marescalchi Italian composer. (1745) * Hippolyte-André -Baptiste Chelard French composer. (1789) * Germain Delavigne French playwright and librettist. (1790) * Victor Herbert American composer. (1859) * Hugo von Hofmannsthal Austrian poet, dramatist and librettist. (1874) * Thomas Dunhill English composer. (1877) * Antonio Guarnieri Italian conductor and composer. (1880) * Francesco Balilla Pratella Italian composer. (1880) * Germaine Lubin French soprano. (1890) * Alexander Kipnis American bass. (1891) * Mariya Lytvynenko-Vol'hemut Ukrainian soprano. (1892) * Pierre Capdevielle French composer. (1906) * Camargo Guarnieri Brazilian composer. (1907) * Edward Staempfli Swiss composer. (1908) * Renata Tebaldi Italian soprano. (1922) * Flaviano Labò Italian tenor. (1927) * Igor Kuljerić Croatian composer. (1938) * Aage Haugland Danish bass. (1944) * Carol Neblett American soprano. (1946)

DEATHS * Lucrezia Baldini Italian singer. (1733) * Giacomo Insanguine Italian composer. (1795) * Giuseppe Gazzaniga Italian composer. (1818) * Maria Theresia von Paradis Austrian composer. (1824) * Anna Gottlieb Austrian singer. (1856) * Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi Of Greek parentage translator and musicologist. (1944) * Tina Poli-Randaccio Italian soprano. (1956) * John Laurence Seymour American composer. (1986) * Peter Racine Fricker English composer. (1990)

PREMIERES L'Amazone corsara Carlo Pallavicino; Venezia, Teatro SS Giovanni e Paolo, shortly after 1 February 1686. Manon Lescaut Giacomo Puccini; Turin, Teatro Regio, 1 February 1893. La bohème Giacomo Puccini; Turin, Teatro Regio, 1 February 1896. Vampuka, ili Nevesta afrikanskaya vladimir georgiyevich Ehrenberg; St Petersburg, Krivoye Zerkalo, 19 January/1 February 1909. Von heute auf morgen Arnold Schoenberg; Frankfurt, Opernhaus, 1 February 1930.
 

02 February
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Maria Buini Italian composer, librettist and impresario. (1687) * Girolamo Crescentini Italian soprano castrato and composer. (1762) * Vincenc Tuček Czech composer, conductor and singer. (1773) * Stefano Romani Italian composer. (1778) * Leopold Eugen Měchura Bohemian composer. (1804) * Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomïzhsky Russian composer. (1813) * Girolamo Alessandro Biaggi Italian critic and composer. (1819) * Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray French composer. (1840) * Leo Fall Austrian composer. (1873) * Gerhard Hüsch German baritone. (1901) * Renzo Rossellini Italian composer. (1908) * Pavel Šivic Slovene composer. (1908) * Lisa Della Casa Swiss soprano. (1919) * Waldemar Kmentt Austrian tenor. (1929) * Martina Arroyo American soprano. (1936) * Simon Estes American bass-baritone. (1938) * Sergio Ortega Chilean composer. (1938) * Andrew Davis English conductor. (1944)

DEATHS * Pietro Vincenzo Chiocchetti Italian composer. (1753) * Marie Fel French singer. (1794) * Luciano Xavier Santos Portuguese composer. (1808) * Jean-Baptiste Davaux French composer. (1822) * Pamphile-Léopold-François Aimon French composer. (1866) * Luigi Agnesi Belgian bass and composer. (1875) * Fabio Campana Italian composer and singing teacher. (1882) * Emanuil Manolov Bulgarian composer. (1902) * Xavier Leroux French composer. (1919) * Luigi Mancinelli Italian conductor and composer. (1921) * Jenő Huszka Hungarian composer. (1960) * Adolf Vogl German writer on music and composer. (1961) * Tullio Serafin Italian conductor. (1968) * Giovanni Martinelli Italian tenor. (1969) * Margarita Perra Greek soprano. (1984) * Francisco Mignone Brazilian composer and conductor. (1986) * Spike Hughes English composer and critic. (1987) * Gino Bechi Italian baritone. (1993)

PREMIERES Poro George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 2 February 1731. Artaxerxes Thomas Augustine Arne; London, Covent Garden, 2 February 1762. Der Bettelstudent Peter Winter; Munich, Nationaltheater, 2 February 1785. Il Reggente Saverio Mercadante; Turin, Teatro Regio, 2 February 1843. Louise Gustave Charpentier; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 2 February 1900.