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24 July
BIRTHS * Alexandre Dumas French dramatist and novelist. (1802) * Adolphe Adam French composer. (1803) * Frank Wedekind German poet and dramatist. (1864, 150 years) * Ernest Bloch American composer. (1880) * Hans Chemin-Petit German composer and conductor. (1902) * Caterina Jarboro American soprano. (1903) * Riccardo Malipiero Italian composer. (1914, 100 years) * Giuseppe Di Stefano Italian tenor. (1921) * Bernard Ładysz Polish bass. (1922) * Wilfred Josephs English composer. (1927) * Neil Howlett English baritone. (1934)

DEATHS * Francesco de Lemene Italian librettist. (1704) * Benedetto Marcello Italian composer. (1739) * Joseph Schuster German composer. (1812) * Sophie Gail French composer. (1819) * Joseph Eybler Austrian composer. (1846) * Max von Schillings German composer, conductor and administrator. (1933) * Rosina Storchio Italian soprano. (1945) * Armand Crabbé Belgian baritone. (1947) * Michalis Vlachopoulos Greek bass and stage designer. (1956)

PREMIERES Friedenstag Richard Strauss; Munich, Staatsoper, 24 July 1938. Don Rodrigo Alberto Ginastera; Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón, 24 July 1964. (50 years).
 

25 July
BIRTHS * Agostino Steffani Italian composer. (1654) * James Thornhill English architect and decorator. (1675) * Jacopo Durandi Italian librettist. (1737) * Gottlob Benedict Bierey German composer and conductor. (1772) * Giacomo Cordella Italian composer. (1786) * Charles Duponchel French theatre director and administrator. (1794) * Pierre-Louis Deffès French composer. (1819) * David Belasco American director and playwright. (1853) * Alfredo Casella Italian composer, organizer and conductor. (1883) * Yvonne Printemps French soprano. (1894) * Krešimir Baranović Croatian composer. (1894) * Maria Zamboni Italian soprano. (1895) * Maureen Forrester Canadian contralto. (1930) * Friedrich Lippmann German musicologist. (1932)

DEATHS * John Frederick Lampe German composer. (1751) * Georg Philipp Telemann German composer. (1767) * Charles Dibdin English composer, dramatist, actor and singer. (1814, 200 years) * Franz Xaver Huber German playwright. (1814, 200 years) * René Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt French librettist and dramatist. (1844) * Sergio Failoni Italian conductor. (1948) * Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky Russian composer. (1955) * Ādolfs Kaktiņš Latvian bass-baritone. (1965) * Douglas S Moore American composer. (1969) * Jerome Moross American composer. (1983)

PREMIERES Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass; Avignon Festival, 25 July 1976.
 

26 July
BIRTHS * Pietro Paolo Laurenti Italian composer and singer. (1675) * Bernard Shaw Irish dramatist, critic and polymath. (1856) * Aldous Huxley English writer. (1894) * Jack Allan Westrup English scholar, teacher and conductor. (1904) * Tadeusz Baird Polish composer. (1928) * Anthony Gilbert English composer. (1934) * Rodney Milnes English critic. (1936)

DEATHS * Grazio Braccioli Italian librettist. (1752) * Daniel Dal Barba Italian composer. (1801) * Michele Michel Carafa Italian composer. (1872) * Giuseppe Agostini Italian tenor. (1951) * Miguel Bernal Jiménez Mexican composer. (1956) * Frank Loesser American composer and librettist. (1969) * Ulysses Lappas Greek tenor. (1971)

PREMIERES Le peintre amoureux de son modèle Egidio Duni; Paris, Foire St Laurent, 26 July 1757. L'infedeltà delusa Joseph Haydn; Eszterháza, 26 July 1773. Parsifal Richard Wagner; Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, 26 July 1882.