BIRTHSJean-Baptiste Rey French conductor and composer. (1734)
János Spech Hungarian composer. (1767)
Rosa Newmarch English writer on music. (1857)
Lionel Monckton English composer. (1861)
Adolf Vogl German writer on music and composer. (1873)
Sergio Failoni Italian conductor. (1890)
Nina Koshetz Ukrainian soprano. (1894)
Saburō Takata Japanese composer. (1913)
Rita Streich German soprano. (1920)
Cesare Valletti Italian tenor. (1922)
Knut Skram Norwegian baritone. (1937)
Elliot Palay American tenor. (1948)
DEATHSJohann Gottfried Herder German writer. (1803)
John Inigo Richards English scene painter. (1810)
Johann Mederitsch Austrian composer. (1835)
Felice Blangini French composer, singing teacher and tenor. (1841)
Giuseppe Nicolini Italian composer. (1842)
Louis Moreau Gottschalk American composer. (1869)
Francesco Florimo Italian librarian, musicologist and teacher. (1888)
Paul Xavier Désiré, d'Ivry French composer. (1903)
Alberto Randegger English conductor and composer. (1911)
Henryk Jarecki Polish composer and conductor. (1918)
Horatio Parker American composer. (1919)
Frederick Herman Martens American writer on music and librettist. (1932)
Sem Benelli Italian dramatist. (1949)
Zélie De Lussan American mezzo-soprano. (1949)
Winfried Zillig German composer and conductor. (1963)
Michelangelo Veltri Argentine conductor. (1997)
PREMIERESOreste George Frideric Handel; London, Covent Garden Theatre, 18 December 1734.
La schiava liberata Niccolò Jommelli; Ludwigsburg, Schlosstheater, 18 December 1768.
El Barberillo de Lavapiés Francisco Asenjo Barbieri; Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, 18 December 1874.
Iolanta Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 6/18 December 1892.
The Makropulos Affair Leoš Janáček; Brno, National Theatre, 18 December 1926.
BIRTHSGiuseppe Giordani Italian composer. (1751)
George Frederick Bristow American composer. (1825)
Adolf Sandberger German musicologist and composer. (1864, 150 years)
Borys Karlovych Yanovs'ky Ukrainian composer. (1875)
Carlo Gatti Italian musicologist. (1876)
Walter Braunfels German composer. (1882)
Fritz Reiner American conductor. (1888)
Paul Dessau German composer. (1894)
Audrey Mildmay English soprano. (1900)
Dusolina Giannini American soprano. (1902)
Ludvík Podéšť Czech composer. (1921)
Michael Hurd English composer. (1928)
Wendy Fine South African soprano. (1943)
William Christie American conductor. (1944)
Russell Smythe British baritone. (1949)
Jane Bunnell American mezzo-soprano. (1952)
Olaf Bär German baritone. (1957)
DEATHSGiovanni Faustini Italian librettist and impresario. (1651)
Gottfried Grünewald German composer and bass. (1739)
Carlo Monza Italian composer. (1801)
Jean-Georges Kastner French composer and theorist. (1867)
Cleofonte Campanini Italian conductor and violinist. (1919)
Karl Jörn Latvian tenor. (1947)
Montagu Slater English librettist. (1956)
George Meader American tenor. (1963)
Carmen Melis Italian soprano. (1967)
Tiberiu Brediceanu Romanian composer. (1968)
André D'Arkor Belgian tenor. (1971)
Lawrance Collingwood English conductor and composer. (1982)
PREMIERESAcis y Galatea Antonio de Literes; Madrid, Alcázar palace or Coliseo del Buen Retiro, 19 December 1708.
L'Olimpiade Leonardo Leo; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 19 December 1737.
Sïn mandarina César Antonovich Cui; St Petersburg, Artists' Club, 7/19 December 1879.
Hérodiade Jules Massenet; Brussels, Théâtre de la Monnaie, 19 December 1881.
The Queen of Spades Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 7/19 December 1890.
Siberia Umberto Giordano; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 19 December 1903.
Daisi Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvil; Tbilisi, Georgian National Opera House, 19 December 1923.
Lanzelot Paul Dessau; Berlin, Deutsche Staatsoper, 19 December 1969.
BIRTHSInnocente Bellavite Italian stage designer. (1691)
Antonio Palomba Italian librettist. (1705)
Othon-Joseph Vandenbroek Flemish composer. (1758)
Pietro Raimondi Italian composer. (1786)
Achille Peri Italian composer. (1812)
Anton Foerster Slovene composer. (1837)
Ignaz Schnitzer Austrian librettist. (1839)
Henry Hadley American conductor and composer. (1871)
Alexander Smallens American conductor. (1888)
Božidar Širola Croatian composer. (1889)
Hildegard Ranczak Bohemian soprano. (1895)
Marion Talley American soprano. (1907)
Eduardas Balsys Lithuanian composer. (1919)
André Turp Canadian tenor. (1925)
Donald Adams English bass. (1928)
John Harbison American composer. (1938)
DEATHSDavid Pohle German composer. (1695)
Pietro Righini Italian stage designer. (1742)
Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni Italian poet and librettist. (1768)
Joseph Legros French tenor and composer. (1793)
Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis French composer and conductor. (1819)
Gian Francesco Fortunati Italian composer. (1821)
Carlo Evasio Soliva Italian composer, teacher and conductor. (1851)
Alfred Bunn English librettist and theatre manager. (1860)
Vincenzo Pucitta Italian composer. (1861)
Angelo Neumann Austrian impresario. (1910)
Manuel Giró Spanish composer. (1916)
Jean Gilbert German composer and conductor. (1942)
Emil Pirchan German stage designer and teacher. (1957)
Paul Constantinescu Romanian composer. (1963)
Max Brod German-Israeli writer, translator and librettist. (1968)
André Jolivet French composer. (1974)
Kurt Böhme German bass. (1989)
PREMIERESLa cena delle beffe Umberto Giordano; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 20 December 1924.