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25 November
BIRTHS * Félix Lope de Vega Spanish dramatist and librettist. (1562) * Johann Christian Frischmuth German composer. (1741) * Johann Friedrich Reichardt German composer. (1752) * Otto Carl Erdmann, von Kospoth German composer. (1753) * Antonio Ghislanzoni Italian librettist. (1824) * Heinrich Porges German editor and writer on music. (1837) * Stanisław Duniecki Polish composer. (1839) * Adelaide Saraceni Argentine soprano. (1895) * Virgil Thomson American composer and critic. (1896) * Arthur Schwartz American composer. (1900) * Adele Kern German soprano. (1901) * Ilja Hurník Czech composer. (1922) * Jean-Claude Malgoire French conductor. (1940) * Gerard Mortier Belgian administrator. (1943) * Håkon Hagegård Swedish baritone. (1945) * Yvonne Kenny Australian soprano. (1950)

DEATHS * Antoine-François Prévost French novelist and journalist. (1763) * Johann Peter Salomon German impresario and composer. (1815) * Giandomenico Boggio Italian librettist. (1816) * Karl Franz Brendel German music historian and critic. (1868) * Abramo Basevi Italian critic. (1885) * Joseph Rheinberger German composer, organist and teacher. (1901) * Davorin Jenko Slovene composer. (1914) * Lilian Baylis English theatre manager. (1937) * Henri Christiné French composer. (1941) * Paul Bender German bass. (1947) * Antonio Guarnieri Italian conductor and composer. (1952) * Matija Bravničar Slovene composer. (1977) * Anthony Burgess English composer and translator. (1993)

PREMIERES Martha Friedrich Flotow; Vienna, Kärntnertortheater, 25 November 1847. Iolanthe Arthur Sullivan; London, Savoy Theatre, 25 November 1882. Chopin Giacomo Orefice; Milano, Teatro Lirico, 25 November 1901.
 

26 November
BIRTHS * Giovanni Battista Varesco Italian cleric, poet and musician. (1735) * Karl Siegmund, von Seckendorff German amateur composer and courtier. (1744) * Mariano Obiols Spanish composer. (1809) * Karl Franz Brendel German music historian and critic. (1811) * Sandro Fuga Italian composer. (1906) * David Ewen American writer on music. (1907) * Gerhard Unger German tenor. (1916) * Mareo Ishiketa Japanese composer. (1916) * Mauro Bortolotti Italian composer. (1926) * Hildegard Hillebrecht German soprano. (1927) * Lorenzo Ghiglia Italian stage and costume designer. (1936)

DEATHS * Philippe Quinault French librettist. (1688) * Bernardo Sabadini Italian composer. (1718) * John Rich English theatre manager. (1761) * Jean-Noël Hamal Liégeois composer. (1778) * Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac French composer. (1809) * Nicolas Etienne Framery French librettist, critic and composer. (1810) * António Leal Moreira Portuguese composer. (1819) * Johann Baptist Henneberg Austrian composer. (1822) * Fritz Cassirer German conductor. (1926) * Eliška Krásnohorská Czech librettist and writer. (1926) * Robert Edmond Jones American designer. (1954) * Alexander Goldenweiser Russian composer. (1961) * Amelita Galli-Curci Italian soprano. (1963) * Edith Mason American soprano. (1973) * Fernando Corena Swiss bass. (1984) * Emmanuel Bondeville French composer. (1987) * Joan Hammond Australian soprano. (1996)

PREMIERES Jérusalem Giuseppe Verdi; Paris, Opéra, 26 November 1847.
 

27 November
BIRTHS * Gaetano Pugnani Italian composer. (1731) * Johann Joseph Emmert German composer. (1732) * Giuseppe Savagnone Italian conductor and composer. (1902) * Endre Rösler Hungarian tenor. (1904) * Daniel Sternefeld Belgian composer and conductor. (1905) * Alexandrina Milcheva Bulgarian mezzo-soprano. (1936) * Michael Devlin American bass-baritone. (1942) * Neil Rosenshein American tenor. (1947)

DEATHS * Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel German composer. (1749) * Francesco Bianchi Italian composer. (1810) * Ludwig Rellstab German critic and poet. (1860) * W S Lyster Australian impresario. (1880) * Emanuele Muzio Italian conductor and composer. (1890) * Alexandre Dumas French dramatist. (1895) * Felipe Gutiérrez Espinosa Puerto Rican composer. (1899) * William Wade Hinshaw American baritone and impresario. (1947) * Rudolf Bernauer Austrian librettist. (1953) * Eugene O'Neill American playwright. (1953) * Arthur Honegger Swiss composer. (1955) * Artur Rodziński American conductor. (1958) * James Milligan Canadian bass. (1961) * Héctor Panizza Argentine conductor and composer. (1967, 50 years) * Lotte Lenya American singing actress. (1981) * Karel Horký Czech composer. (1988) * Camillo Togni Italian composer. (1993)

PREMIERES Le temple de la Gloire Jean-Philippe Rameau; Versailles La Grande Ecurie, 27 November 1745. Les surprises de l'Amour Jean-Philippe Rameau; Versailles, Théâtre des Petits Cabinets, 27 November 1748. I fuorusciti di Firenze Ferdinando Paer; Dresden, Hoftheater, 27 November 1802. The Bohemian Girl Michael William Balfe; London, Drury Lane, 27 November 1843. Arlesiana Francesco Cilea; Milano, Teatro Lirico, 27 November 1897. Sapho Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 27 November 1897. Le donne curiose Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari; Munich, Residenztheater, 27 November 1903. Die Verlobung in San Domingo Werner Egk; Munich, Nationaltheater, 27 November 1963.