BIRTHSCarlo 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)
DEATHSHeinrich 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)
PREMIERESZampa Ferdinand Hérold; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 3 May 1831.
The Tigers Havergal Brian; BBC broadcast, 3 May 1983.
BIRTHSJosef 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)
DEATHSClaude 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)
PREMIERESDer Trompeter von Säkkingen Viktor E. Nessler; Leipzig, 4 May 1884.
Irmelin Frederick Delius; Oxford, New Theatre, 4 May 1953.
BIRTHSGiuseppe 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)
DEATHSLeopold 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)
PREMIERESAlessandro 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.