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25 September
BIRTHS * Jean-Philippe Rameau French composer and theorist. (1683) * Nicola Conforto Italian composer. (1718) * Václav Pichl Czech composer. (1741) * Carl Stenborg Swedish singer, composer, translator and impresario. (1752) * Luigi Caruso Italian composer. (1754) * Etienne Tréfeu French librettist. (1821) * Jaroslav Kvapil Czech poet, dramatist and librettist. (1868) * Jesús Guridi Spanish composer. (1886) * Roberto Gerhard Spanish composer. (1896) * Dennis Noble English baritone. (1899) * Dmitry Shostakovich Russian composer. (1906) * F W Sternfeld British musicologist. (1914) * Gerda Lammers German soprano. (1915) * Tolia Nikiprowetzky French composer. (1916) * Sir Colin Davis English conductor. (1927) * Rita Cullis English soprano. (1952) * Adelina Scarabelli Italian soprano. (1953)

DEATHS * Johann Christoph Pez German composer. (1716) * Giovanni Battista Ferrandini Italian composer. (1791) * Pierre François Laporte French actor and impresario. (1841) * Napoleon Lambelet Greek composer and conductor. (1932) * Leo Justinius Kauffmann German composer. (1944) * Albertine Morin-Labrecque Canadian composer. (1957) * Ennio Porrino Italian composer. (1959) * Estelle Liebling American soprano and teacher. (1970) * Efim Golishev Ukrainian composer and painter. (1970) * Mirto Picchi Italian tenor. (1980) * Peter van der Bilt Dutch bass-baritone. (1983) * Jean Françaix French composer. (1997)

PREMIERES Romeo und Julie Georg Benda; Gotha, Schloss Friedenstein, 25 September 1776. Le chalet Adolphe Adam; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 25 September 1834. Drot og marsk Peter Heise; Copenhagen, Royal Theatre, 25 September 1878.
 

26 September
BIRTHS * Isaac Bickerstaff English playwright. (1733) * Wenzel Müller Austrian composer. (1767, 250 years) * Henry F Gilbert American composer. (1868) * Amilcare Zanella Italian composer. (1873) * George Gershwin American composer. (1898) * Eugen Suchoň Slovak composer. (1908) * Fritz Wunderlich German tenor. (1930) * Giacomo Manzoni Italian composer. (1932) * Dale Duesing American baritone. (1947) * Deborah Polaski American soprano. (1949) * Gary Lakes American tenor. (1950)

DEATHS * Vincenzo Grimani Italian cardinal, diplomat and librettist. (1710) * Paul Wranitzky Czech composer and conductor. (1808) * Vincenzo Federici Italian composer. (1826) * Richard Mount Edgcumbe English critic and amateur composer. (1839) * Béla Bartók Hungarian composer. (1945) * Mária Basilides Hungarian contralto. (1946) * Egon Seefehlner Austrian administrator. (1998) * Bernadette Greevy Irish mezzo-soprano. (2008)

PREMIERES Il Barbiere di Siviglia Giovanni Paisiello; St Petersburg, Hermitage, 15/26 September 1782. La pietra del paragone Gioachino Rossini; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 26 September 1812. La gazzetta Gioachino Rossini; Napoli, Teatro dei Fiorentini, 26 September 1816. Lucia di Lammermoor Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 26 September 1835. Mona Lisa Max von Schillings; Stuttgart, Kleines Haus, 26 September 1915.
 

27 September
BIRTHS * Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari Italian composer. (1677) * Philipp Hafner German playwright. (1735) * Cyril Scott English composer. (1879) * Vincent Youmans American composer. (1898) * Tauno Marttinen Finnish composer. (1912) * James Wilson Irish composer. (1922) * Michael Geliot English director. (1933) * Josephine Barstow English soprano. (1940) * Philip Gossett American musicologist. (1941) * Peter Dvorsky Slovak tenor. (1951) * Chris Merritt American tenor. (1952) * Peter Sellars American theatre and opera director. (1957)

DEATHS * Louis Véron French theatre director. (1867, 150 years) * Engelbert Humperdinck German composer. (1921) * Alexey Evlampiyevich Turenkov Belorussian composer. (1958)

PREMIERES Pimpinone Georg Philipp Telemann; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, 27 September 1725. Lo frate 'nnamorato Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; Napoli, Teatro dei Fiorentini, 27 September 1732.