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04 May
BIRTHS * Josef 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)

DEATHS * Claude 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)

PREMIERES Der Trompeter von Säkkingen Viktor E. Nessler; Leipzig, 4 May 1884. Irmelin Frederick Delius; Oxford, New Theatre, 4 May 1953.
 

05 May
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Porsile Italian composer. (1680) * Daniel Dal Barba Italian composer. (1715, 300 years) * 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) * 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)

DEATHS * Leopold 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)

PREMIERES Alessandro 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.
 

06 May
BIRTHS * Joseph Karl Ambrosch German tenor and composer. (1759) * Václav Vilém Würfel Czech composer. (1790) * Georges Hüe French composer. (1858) * Georgi Atanasov Bulgarian composer and conductor. (1882) * Giuseppe Pietri Italian composer. (1886) * Jascha Horenstein Russian conductor. (1898) * Aziz El-Shawān Egyptian composer. (1916) * Godfrey Ridout Canadian composer. (1918) * Jane Berbié French mezzo-soprano. (1934) * Ghena Dimitrova Bulgarian soprano. (1941) * Richard Stilwell American baritone. (1942)

DEATHS * Manuel de Zumaya Mexican composer. (1756) * Georg Joseph Vogler German composer and teacher. (1814) * John Thomson Scottish composer. (1841) * Charles-Louis Hanssen South Netherlands conductor and composer. (1852) * Johann Kaspar Aiblinger German composer. (1867) * François Benoist French composer. (1878) * Ernest Guiraud French composer. (1892) * Edouardos Lambelet Greek composer. (1903) * Hans Jelmoli Swiss composer. (1936) * Louise Homer American contralto. (1947) * Maurice Maeterlinck Belgian playwright. (1949) * Alberto Savinio Italian composer, writer and painter. (1952) * Joseph Hislop Scottish tenor. (1977) * Adele Kern German soprano. (1980)

PREMIERES Astianatte Giovanni Bononcini; London, King's Theatre, 6 May 1727. Gunlöd Peter Cornelius; Weimar, Grossherzogliches Hoftheater, 6 May 1891. La bohème Ruggero Leoncavallo; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 6 May 1897. The Boor Dominick Argento; Rochester, New York, Eastman School of Music, 6 May 1957. Passaggio Luciano Berio; Milano, Piccola Scala, 6 May 1963.