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27 May
BIRTHS * Fromental Halévy French composer. (1799) * Joachim Raff German composer and teacher. (1822) * Franz Schalk Austrian conductor. (1863) * Emil Pirchan German stage designer and teacher. (1884) * Max Brod German-Israeli writer, translator and librettist. (1884) * Willi Reich Swiss critic and musicologist. (1898) * Lina Pagliughi Italian soprano. (1907) * Thea Musgrave Scottish composer. (1928) * Eino Tamberg Estonian composer. (1930) * Elizabeth Harwood English soprano. (1938) * Thomas Moser American tenor. (1945)

DEATHS * Giovanni Legrenzi Italian composer. (1690) * Giacomo Rampini Italian composer. (1760) * Carl David Stegmann German tenor and composer. (1826) * Claire Croiza French mezzo-soprano. (1946) * Wilhelm Schüchter German conductor. (1974)

PREMIERES Nurmahal, oder Das Rosenfest von Kaschmir Gaspare Spontini; Berlin, Königliches Opernhaus, 27 May 1822.
 

28 May
BIRTHS * Thomas Moore Irish poet and musician. (1779) * Léon Vasseur French composer. (1844) * Riccardo Zandonai Italian composer. (1883) * Václav Talich Czech conductor. (1883) * José Padilla Spanish composer. (1889) * Sándor Svéd Hungarian baritone. (1904) * Thomas Martin American translator and conductor. (1909) * Nicola Rescigno American conductor. (1916, 100 years) * György Ligeti Hungarian composer. (1923) * John Culshaw English record and television producer. (1924) * Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau German baritone. (1925) * Peter Westergaard American composer. (1931) * Richard Van Allan English bass. (1935) * Franca Fabbri Italian soprano. (1935) * Dennis Riley American composer. (1943)

DEATHS * Luigi Boccherini Italian composer and cellist. (1805) * Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner German composer. (1833) * Antoine Reicha Bohemian composer and teacher. (1836) * Thomas Busby English composer and writer. (1838) * Viktor E Nessler Alsatian composer. (1890) * Aleksander Bandrowski-Sas Brandt Polish singer. (1913) * Queena Mario American soprano. (1951) * Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin Russian composer. (1963) * Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt German conductor and composer. (1973)

PREMIERES Arianna Claudio Monteverdi; Mantua, ducal palace, 28 May 1608. Le diable à quatre Christoph Willibald Gluck; Laxenburg, 28 May 1759. Die verwandelten Weiber Johann Adam Hiller; Leipzig, Theatre in Quandt's Court, 28 May 1766. (250 years). Alceste Anton Schweitzer; Weimar, Hoftheater, 28 May 1773. Maruxa Amadeo Vives; Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, 28 May 1914. Der Zwerg Alexander Zemlinsky; Cologne, Neues Theater, 28 May 1922. Mathis der Maler Paul Hindemith; Zürich, Stadttheater, 28 May 1938.
 

29 May
BIRTHS * William Jackson English composer. (1730) * Pietro Romani Italian conductor and composer. (1791) * Emile Pessard French composer. (1843) * Isaac Albéniz Spanish composer and pianist. (1860) * Frédéric d'Erlanger British composer. (1868) * Francis de Bourguignon Belgian composer. (1890) * Mario Chamlee American tenor. (1892) * Marij Kogoj Slovene composer. (1895) * Erich Wolfgang Korngold American composer. (1897) * Desmond Shawe-Taylor Anglo-Irish critic. (1907) * Karl Ridderbusch German bass. (1932) * Linda Esther Gray Scottish soprano. (1948)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Porsile Italian composer. (1750) * Franciszek Mirecki Polish composer. (1862) * James Robinson Planché English dramatist, librettist, antiquarian and costume authority. (1880) * Remigio Acevedo Guajardo Chilean composer. (1911) * W S Gilbert English dramatist and librettist. (1911) * Josef Bohuslav Foerster Czech composer. (1951) * Giuseppe Patanè Italian conductor. (1989)

PREMIERES Eliza Thomas Augustine Arne; London, New Theatre in the Haymarket, 29 May 1754. King Priam Michael Tippett; Coventry, Belgrade Theatre, 29 May 1962.