BIRTHSJohan Henrik Kellgren Swedish librettist. (1751)
Nikolay Mikhaylovich Karamzin Russian writer and historian. (1766)
Castil-Blaze French critic, librettist, translator and arranger. (1784)
August Röckel German composer. (1814)
Ernest Reyer French composer and critic. (1823)
Alfred Cellier English composer and conductor. (1844)
Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller Danish composer. (1850)
Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych Ukrainian composer. (1877)
Mario Persico Italian composer. (1892)
Heather Begg New Zealand mezzo-soprano. (1932)
Gordon Crosse English composer. (1937)
Sergio Segalini French critic. (1944)
Leontina Vaduva Romanian soprano. (1960)
DEATHSChristian Ludwig Boxberg German composer and librettist. (1729)
Maurice Greene English composer. (1755)
Jean-Antoine Bérard French haute-contre and writer on singing. (1772)
Anton Fischer German composer and tenor. (1808)
Ferdinando Bertoni Italian composer. (1813)
Justin Heinrich Knecht German composer. (1817)
Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg German administrator and composer. (1926)
Anna Tariol-Baugé French soprano. (1944)
Felix Petyrek Austrian composer. (1951)
Nicolae Bretan Romanian composer, singer, director and conductor. (1968)
Erna Schlüter German soprano. (1969)
Rudolf Heinrich German stage designer. (1975)
PREMIERESRiders to the Sea Ralph Vaughan Williams; London, Royal College of Music, 1 December 1937.
Billy Budd Benjamin Britten; in four acts, London, Covent Garden, 1 December 1951.
Valis Tod Machover; Paris, Centre Pompidou, 1 December 1987.
BIRTHSJacob Rosenhain German composer and pianist. (1813)
Paul Althouse American tenor. (1899)
John Barbirolli English conductor. (1899)
Peter Herman Adler American conductor. (1899)
Maria Callas Greek soprano. (1923)
Irina Arkhipova Russian mezzo-soprano. (1925)
Günter Krämer German director. (1940)
Sergey Banevich Russian composer. (1941)
DEATHSPhilippe de Bourbon French patron. (1723)
Johann Friedrich Agricola German composer. (1774)
François Arnaud French man of letters. (1784)
Simon Mayr German composer, teacher and writer on music. (1845)
György Ruzitska Hungarian composer. (1869)
Victor Roger French composer. (1903)
Jan Malát Czech composer. (1915, 100 years)
Tomás Bretón Spanish composer and conductor. (1923)
Vincent d'Indy French composer, teacher, theorist and writer on music. (1931)
Amadeo Vives Spanish composer and writer. (1932)
Wilhelm Grüning German tenor. (1942)
David Stockman Swedish tenor. (1951)
Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy Russian composer. (1979)
Aaron Copland American composer. (1990)
Jules Bastin Belgian bass. (1996)
PREMIERESLotario George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 2 December 1729.
Les horaces Antonio Salieri; Versailles, 2 December 1786.
Le domino noir Daniel-François-Esprit Auber; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 2 December 1837.
La favorite Gaetano Donizetti; Paris, Opéra, 2 December 1840.
Samson et Dalila Camille Saint-Saëns; Weimar, Grossherzogliches Theater, 2 December 1877.
Kleider machen Leute Alexander Zemlinsky; Vienna, Volksoper, 2 December 1910.
The Knot Garden Michael Tippett; London, Covent Garden, 2 December 1970.
BIRTHSNino Rota Italian composer. (1911)
Michael Mudie English conductor. (1914)
Charles Craig English tenor. (1920)
Phyllis Curtin American soprano. (1922)
William McAlpine Scottish tenor. (1922)
Jeanne Piland American mezzo-soprano. (1945)
Marjana Lipovšek Slovene mezzo-soprano. (1946)
DEATHSGiovanni Maria Pagliardi Italian composer. (1702)
Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda Bohemian composer. (1866)
Hermann Goetz German composer. (1876)
Jósef Brzowski Polish composer. (1888)
Baltasar Saldoni Spanish composer and musicologist. (1889)
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger Swedish composer and writer. (1942)
Ulderico Rolandi Italian writer. (1951)
William Grant Still American composer. (1978)
Hugues Cuénod Swiss tenor. (2010)
PREMIERESRicciardo e Zoraide Gioachino Rossini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 3 December 1818.
Maometto II Gioachino Rossini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 3 December 1820.
The Story of a Real Man Sergey Prokofiev; Leningrad, Kirov Theatre, 3 December 1948.
Troilus and Cressida William Walton; London, Covent Garden, 3 December 1954.