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06 May
BIRTHS * Joseph Karl Ambrosch German tenor and composer. (1759) * Václav Vilém Würfel Czech composer. (1790) * Georges Hüe French composer. (1858) * Georgi Atanasov Bulgarian composer and conductor. (1882) * Giuseppe Pietri Italian composer. (1886) * Jascha Horenstein Russian conductor. (1898) * Aziz El-Shawān Egyptian composer. (1916, 100 years) * Godfrey Ridout Canadian composer. (1918) * Jane Berbié French mezzo-soprano. (1934) * Ghena Dimitrova Bulgarian soprano. (1941) * Richard Stilwell American baritone. (1942)

DEATHS * Manuel de Zumaya Mexican composer. (1756) * Georg Joseph Vogler German composer and teacher. (1814) * John Thomson Scottish composer. (1841) * Charles-Louis Hanssen South Netherlands conductor and composer. (1852) * Johann Kaspar Aiblinger German composer. (1867) * François Benoist French composer. (1878) * Ernest Guiraud French composer. (1892) * Edouardos Lambelet Greek composer. (1903) * Hans Jelmoli Swiss composer. (1936) * Louise Homer American contralto. (1947) * Maurice Maeterlinck Belgian playwright. (1949) * Alberto Savinio Italian composer, writer and painter. (1952) * Joseph Hislop Scottish tenor. (1977) * Adele Kern German soprano. (1980)

PREMIERES Astianatte Giovanni Bononcini; London, King's Theatre, 6 May 1727. Gunlöd Peter Cornelius; Weimar, Grossherzogliches Hoftheater, 6 May 1891. La bohème Ruggero Leoncavallo; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 6 May 1897. The Boor Dominick Argento; Rochester, New York, Eastman School of Music, 6 May 1957. Passaggio Luciano Berio; Milano, Piccola Scala, 6 May 1963.
 

07 May
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Farinelli Italian composer. (1769) * Anton Seidl Austro-Hungarian conductor. (1850) * Egon Komorzynski Austrian musicologist. (1878) * Virgilio Ranzato Italian composer. (1882) * Marcel Poot Belgian composer. (1901) * Jef van Durme Belgian composer. (1907) * Elisabeth Söderström Swedish soprano. (1927) * Helge Brilioth Swedish tenor. (1931) * Ingvar Wixell Swedish baritone. (1931) * Barbara Daniels American soprano. (1946) * Stefka Evstatieva Bulgarian soprano. (1947) * Roderick Kennedy English bass. (1951) * Nicholas Hytner English director. (1956)

DEATHS * Sourdéac French machinist and manager. (1695) * John Weldon English composer. (1736) * Leopold Kozeluch Bohemian composer. (1818) * Antonio Salieri Italian composer. (1825) * Franz Pocci German composer. (1876) * Alexander Spendiaryan Armenian composer. (1928) * Felix Weingartner Austrian conductor. (1942)

PREMIERES Der Barbier von Seville Friedrich Ludwig Benda; Leipzig, Theater am Rannstädter Tor, 7 May 1776. Rita Gaetano Donizetti; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 7 May 1860. Le roi d'Ys Edouard Lalo; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 7 May 1888. Les malheurs d'Orphée Darius Milhaud; Brussels, Théâtre de la Monnaie, 7 May 1926. The Mother of Us All Virgil Thomson; New York, Columbia University, Brander Matthews Hall, 7 May 1947. Das Wundertheater Hans Werner Henze; Heidelberg, Stadt, 7 May 1949; rev. for singers, Frankfurt, Kammerspiel, 30 Nov 1965 Montag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 7 May 1988.
 

08 May
BIRTHS * Jan Bedřich Kittl Bohemian composer. (1806) * Louis Moreau Gottschalk American composer. (1829) * Oscar, Hammerstein American impresario. (1846) * Jef Van Hoof Belgian composer. (1886) * André Obey French dramatist. (1892) * Mihály Székely Hungarian bass. (1901) * Inglis Gundry English composer. (1905) * Maria von Ilosvay Hungarian mezzo-soprano. (1917) * Heather Harper British soprano. (1930) * Charles Wilson Canadian composer. (1931) * Carlo Cossutta Italian tenor. (1932) * Elio Boncompagni Italian conductor. (1933) * Felicity Lott English soprano. (1947) * Marie Slorach Scottish soprano. (1951)

DEATHS * Marco Aurelio Marliani Italian composer. (1849) * William Ayrton English impresario. (1858) * Ludovic Halévy French librettist. (1908) * Heinrich Zöllner German composer and conductor. (1941) * Ethel Smyth English composer. (1944) * Norman Bel Geddes American stage designer. (1958) * Melanija Bugarinović Serbian mezzo-soprano. (1986) * Luigi Nono Italian composer. (1990)

PREMIERES The Medium Gian Carlo Menotti; New York, Brander Matthews Theater, Columbia University, 8 May 1946.