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26 March
BIRTHS * Oskar Nedbal Czech composer and conductor. (1874) * Viorica Ursuleac Romanian soprano. (1894) * Renzo Massarani Italian composer and critic. (1898) * André Cluytens French conductor. (1905) * Pablo Garrido Chilean composer. (1905) * Louis Saguer French composer. (1907) * Arnold van Mill Dutch bass. (1921) * Peter Schneider Austrian conductor. (1939)

DEATHS * John Vanbrugh English architect, playwright and theatre manager. (1726) * Jean-Etienne Despréaux French composer and administrator. (1820) * Ludwig van Beethoven German composer. (1827) * François-Joseph Fétis Belgian writer and composer. (1871) * Mariano Soriano Fuertes Spanish composer. (1880) * César Antonovich Cui Russian composer and critic. (1918) * Augusto Machado Portuguese composer. (1924) * Gustav Hinrichs American conductor, impresario and composer. (1942) * Walter Kirchhoff German tenor. (1951) * Sir Noel Coward English composer and writer. (1973) * Felice Hüni-Mihaczek Hungarian soprano. (1976) * Eugen Jochum German conductor. (1987)

PREMIERES Amadis de Grèce André Cardinal Destouches; Paris, Opéra, ?26 March 1699. Moïse et Pharaon Gioachino Rossini; Paris, Opéra, 26 March 1827. Sancta Susanna Paul Hindemith; Frankfurt, Opernhaus, 26 March 1922. Luisa Fernanda Federico Moreno Torroba; Madrid, Teatro Calderón, 26 March 1932.
 

27 March
BIRTHS * Pietro Pariati Italian poet and librettist. (1665) * Domenico Lalli Italian librettist. (1679) * Giovanni Fischietti Italian composer. (1692) * Francesco Zannetti Italian composer. (1737) * Giovanni Liverati Italian composer, conductor and singer. (1772) * Henry Murger French novelist. (1822) * Ruperto Chapí Spanish composer. (1851) * Vincent d'Indy French composer, teacher, theorist and writer on music. (1851) * Mstislav Rostropovich Russian conductor and cellist. (1927) * Pjetër Gaci . Composer and violinist. (1931) * Poul Ruders Danish composer. (1949) * Maria Ewing American mezzo-soprano. (1950)

DEATHS * Michele Mortellari Italian composer. (1807) * Joachim Albertini Polish composer. (1812) * Ludwig von Baczko German librettist. (1823) * Count Carlo Ritorni Italian writer. (1860) * Alfred Mellon English conductor. (1867, 150 years) * Serafino De Ferrari Italian composer and conductor. (1885) * Gabriela Preissová Czech writer and dramatist. (1946) * Costa Milona Greek tenor. (1949) * Clarence Raybould English conductor. (1972) * Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov Bulgarian composer and conductor. (1973) * Arthur Bliss English composer. (1975)

PREMIERES Ermione Gioachino Rossini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 27 March 1819. The Two Widows Bedřich Smetana; Prague, Provisional Theatre, 27 March 1874. Maria Tudor Carlos Gomes; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 27 March 1879. La rondine Giacomo Puccini; Monte Carlo, Théâtre de l'Opéra, 27 March 1917. (100 years). Irrelohe Franz Schreker; Cologne, 27 March 1924. Der Protagonist Kurt Weill; Dresden, Staatsoper, 27 March 1926. Atomtod Giacomo Manzoni; Milano, Piccola Scala, 27 March 1965. Levins Mühle Udo Zimmermann; Dresden, Staatstheater, 27 March 1973.
 

28 March
BIRTHS * Maximilian III Joseph German patron. (1727) * Johann André German composer and publisher. (1741) * Joseph Weigl Austrian composer and conductor. (1766) * Angelo Maria Benincori Italian composer. (1779) * Mariano Soriano Fuertes Spanish composer. (1817, 200 years) * George W L Marshall-Hall Australian composer. (1862) * Marc Delmas French composer. (1885) * Sabine Kalter Polish mezzo-soprano. (1890) * Myfanwy Piper English librettist. (1911) * Clara Petrella Italian soprano. (1914) * Anselmo Colzani Italian baritone. (1918) * Hanne-Lore Kuhse German soprano. (1925) * Dmytro Hnatyuk Ukrainian baritone. (1925) * Robert Ashley American composer. (1930) * Elizabeth Bainbridge English contralto. (1930) * Nicola Martinucci Italian tenor. (1941) * Samuel Ramey American bass. (1942)

DEATHS * Ottavio Rinuccini Italian librettist. (1621) * Ignazio Maria Conti Italian composer. (1759) * Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi Italian composer. (1818) * Vincenzo Fioravanti Italian composer. (1877) * Achille Peri Italian composer. (1880) * Anton Seidl Austro-Hungarian conductor. (1898) * Hanuš Trneček Czech composer and conductor. (1914) * Karl Prohaska Austrian composer. (1927) * Giuseppe Ferrata American composer. (1928) * Karol Szymanowski Polish composer. (1937) * Sergey Vasil'yevich Rakhmaninov Russian composer, pianist and conductor. (1943) * Fortune T Gallo Italian-American impresario. (1970) * Gertrude Johnson Australian soprano and administrator. (1973) * Renzo Massarani Italian composer and critic. (1975) * Hans Hermann Nissen German bass-baritone. (1980) * Günther Treptow German tenor. (1981) * Maurice Blackburn Canadian composer. (1988) * Italo Tajo Italian bass. (1993) * Lee Hoiby American composer. (2011)

PREMIERES Nevěsta messinská Zdeněk Fibich; Prague, National Theatre, 28 March 1884. Nozze istriane Antonio Smareglia; Trieste, Comunale, 28 March 1895. Andrea Chénier Umberto Giordano; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 28 March 1896. Violanta Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Munich, Staatsoper, 28 March 1916.