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22 February
BIRTHS * Joseph Felix von Kurz Austrian comic actor, singer, dramatist and theatre manager. (1717, 300 years) * João de Sousa Carvalho Portuguese composer. (1745) * Karl Jacob Wagner German composer. (1772) * William Ayrton English impresario. (1777) * Joachim Georg Nikolas Eggert German composer. (1779) * José Soler Uruguayan tenor. (1904) * Luis Sandi Mexican composer. (1905) * Hervey Alan English bass. (1910) * Jiří Pauer Czech composer and impresario. (1919) * David Ahlstrom American composer. (1927) * Anny Schlemm German soprano and mezzo-soprano. (1929) * Marni Nixon American soprano. (1930) * Silvano Carroli Italian baritone. (1939)

DEATHS * Ignaz Walter German composer and tenor. (1822) * John Davy English composer. (1824) * Hugo Wolf Austrian composer. (1903) * Stefan Zweig Austrian writer. (1942) * Jeanne Gordon Canadian mezzo-soprano. (1952) * Maria Capuana Italian mezzo-soprano. (1955) * Ivan Patorzhinsky Ukrainian bass. (1960) * Adrian Boult English conductor. (1983) * Otar Vasil'yevich Taktakishvili Georgian composer, conductor and writer on music. (1989)

PREMIERES Il palazzo incantato Luigi Rossi; Roma, Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane, 22 February 1642. Atys Niccolò Piccinni; Paris, Opéra, 22 February 1780. Cendrillon Nicolas Isouard; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 22 February 1810. Der Holzdieb Heinrich August Marschner; Dresden, Hoftheater, 22 February 1825. The Importance of Being Earnest Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; New York La Guardia Theatre, 22 February 1975. Vincent Rainer Kunad; Dresden, Staatsoper, 22 February 1979.
 

23 February
BIRTHS * George Frideric Handel English composer. (1685) * David August von Apell German composer. (1754) * Johann Kaspar Aiblinger German composer. (1779) * Edgar Istel German musicologist and composer. (1880) * André D'Arkor Belgian tenor. (1901) * Ronald Dowd Australian tenor. (1914) * Hall Overton American composer. (1920) * Ilse Hollweg German soprano. (1922) * Lejaren Hiller American composer. (1924) * Régine Crespin French soprano. (1927)

DEATHS * Georg Muffat German composer. (1704) * Svatopluk Čech Czech poet and writer. (1908) * Edward Elgar English composer. (1934) * Otto Strobel German musicologist. (1953) * Fritz Oeser German musicologist and editor. (1982)

PREMIERES La princesse de Navarre Jean-Philippe Rameau; Versailles La Grande Ecurie, 23 February 1745. Walder Georg Benda; Gotha, Schloss Friedenstein, 23 February 1776. La juive Fromental Halévy; Paris, Opéra, 23 February 1835. Manon Lescaut Daniel-François-Esprit Auber; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 23 February 1856. Oedipus rex Igor Stravinsky; Vienna, Staatsoper, 23 February 1928. Marilyn Lorenzo Ferrero; Roma, Teatro dell'Opera, 23 February 1980.
 

24 February
BIRTHS * Filippo Acciaiuoli Italian impresario and deviser of spectacles. (1637) * Francisco de Sá Noronha Portuguese composer. (1820) * Arrigo Boito Italian librettist, composer, poet and critic. (1842) * Luigi Denza Italian composer. (1846) * Matija Bravničar Slovene composer. (1897) * Einar Beyron Swedish tenor. (1901) * Guillaume Landré Dutch composer. (1905) * Alexey Ivanovich Kandinsky Russian musicologist. (1918) * Felix Werder Australian composer. (1922) * Renata Scotto Italian soprano. (1934) * Shūkō Mizuno Japanese composer. (1934) * Stephen Douglas Burton American composer. (1943)

DEATHS * Ferdinando Tacca Italian architect and stage designer. (1686) * Marc-Antoine Charpentier French composer. (1704) * Jan Stefani Polish composer. (1829) * Andreas Scutta Austrian composer, actor and singer. (1863) * Ignaz Lachner German composer. (1895) * André Messager French composer. (1929) * Alfred Grünwald Austrian librettist. (1951) * Erich Zimmermann German tenor. (1968) * Geoffrey Bush English composer. (1998)

PREMIERES Orfeo Claudio Monteverdi; Mantua, ducal palace, 24 February 1607. Rinaldo George Frideric Handel; London, Queen's Theatre, 24 February 1711. Partenope george frederic Handel; London, King's Theatre, 24 February 1730. Matilde di Shabran Gioachino Rossini; Roma, Teatro Apollo, 24 February 1821. Feramors Anton Grigor'yevich Rubinstein; Dresden, Hoftheater, 24 February 1863. Susannah Carlisle Floyd; Talahassee, Florida State University, 24 February 1955. The Mines of Sulphur Richard Rodney Bennett; London, Sadler's Wells, 24 February 1965.