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18 November
BIRTHS * Felice Blangini French composer, singing teacher and tenor. (1781) * Henry R Bishop English composer. (1786) * Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre French stage designer and inventor. (1787) * Louis Lacombe French composer. (1818) * W S Gilbert English dramatist and librettist. (1836) * Eliška Krásnohorská Czech librettist and writer. (1847) * Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish composer. (1860) * Amadeo Vives Spanish composer and writer. (1871) * Maria Ivogün Hungarian soprano. (1891) * Erich Sehlbach German composer. (1898) * Jess Walters American baritone. (1908) * Louis Mennini American composer. (1920) * William Mayer American composer. (1925) * Kazimierz Kord Polish conductor. (1930) * Tom Johnson American composer. (1939) * Moffatt Oxenbould Australian administrator and director. (1943)

DEATHS * Giuseppe de Majo Italian composer. (1771) * Georg Christoph Grosheim German composer. (1841) * Heinrich Panofka Silesian singing teacher, violinist, composer and critic. (1887) * Václav Kálik Czech composer. (1915) * John Barkworth English composer. (1929) * Léon Jongen Belgian composer. (1969) * Alois Hába Czech composer. (1973) * Alfred Jerger Austrian bass-baritone. (1976) * August Seider German tenor. (1989) * Dorothy Kirsten American soprano. (1992) * Wilfred Josephs English composer. (1996)

PREMIERES Aeneas i Cartago Joseph Martin Kraus; Stockholm, Royal Opera, 18 November 1799. Bogatïri Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin; Moscow, Bol'shoy Theatre, 6/18 November 1867. (150 years). La Campana sommersa Ottorino Respighi; Hamburg, Stadttheater, 18 November 1927.
 

19 November
BIRTHS * Joseph Leopold Auenbrugger Austrian librettist. (1722) * Stanislas Champein French composer. (1753) * Wilhelm Mangold German violinist and composer. (1796) * Vicente Lleó Spanish composer. (1870) * Giovacchino Forzano Italian playwright, librettist and director. (1884) * Luigi Cortese Italian composer. (1899) * Daniel-Lesur French composer. (1908) * David Lloyd-Jones English conductor, editor and translator. (1934) * Agnes Baltsa Greek mezzo-soprano. (1944)

DEATHS * Wolfgang Carl Briegel German composer. (1712) * Bernard de Bury French composer. (1795) * Thomas Linley English composer. (1795) * Franz Schubert Austrian composer. (1828) * Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson French theatre manager, playwright and librettist. (1859) * Edmond Gondinet French playwright and librettist. (1888) * Amy Castles Australian soprano. (1951) * Josef Herrmann German baritone. (1955) * Emil Cooper Russian conductor. (1960) * Eidé Norena Norwegian soprano. (1968) * Andreas Nezeritis Greek composer. (1980) * Clara Petrella Italian soprano. (1987)

PREMIERES Dardanus Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 19 November 1739. Acante et Céphise Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 19 November 1751. L'ultimo giorno di Pompei Giovanni Pacini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 19 November 1825. L'assedio di Calais Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 19 November 1836. Geneviève de Brabant Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 19 November 1859. The Aspern Papers Dominick Argento; Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park, 19 November 1988.
 

20 November
BIRTHS * Friedrich Heinrich Himmel German composer. (1765) * Arthur Goring Thomas English composer. (1850) * Margaret Sutherland Australian composer. (1897) * T J Walsh Irish writer on opera. (1911) * Tibor Frešo Slovak composer and conductor. (1918) * Armin Schibler Swiss composer. (1920) * René Kollo German tenor. (1937) * Barbara Hendricks American soprano. (1948) * Vinson Cole American tenor. (1950) * Carolyn Abbate American musicologist. (1955)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Fabbrini Italian composer. (1708) * Mattia Verazi Italian librettist. (1794) * Francesco Lucca Italian publisher. (1872) * Wilhelm Stenhammar Swedish composer. (1927) * Alfred Lorenz German musicologist and conductor. (1939) * Francesco Cilea Italian composer. (1950) * Leslie Hurry English painter and designer. (1978) * Alexander Moyzes Slovak composer. (1984) * James Atherton American tenor and director. (1987)

PREMIERES Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven; Vienna, Theater an der Wien, 20 November 1805. Grisélidis Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 20 November 1901. The Magic Fountain Frederick Delius; London, BBC Radio, 20 November 1977.