BIRTHSPeter 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)
DEATHSGiulio 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)
PREMIERESFloridante 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.
BIRTHSChristoph 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)
DEATHSJohn 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)
PREMIERESArsace 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.
BIRTHSApostolo 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)
DEATHSFortunato 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)
PREMIERESLa cifra Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 11 December 1789.
Das Christelflein Hans Pfitzner; Dresden, 11 December 1917.