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04 December
BIRTHS * Melesio Morales Mexican composer. (1838) * Yuri Ghazaryan Armenian composer. (1933) * Marita P McClymonds American musicologist. (1935) * Artur Korn German bass. (1937) * Yvonne Minton Australian mezzo-soprano. (1938) * Lillian Watson English soprano. (1947)

DEATHS * John Gay English playwright and poet. (1732) * Frederick Gye English theatre manager. (1878) * Adolph Neuendorff American conductor, impresario and composer. (1897) * Mona McBurney Australian composer. (1932) * Fritz Löhner Austrian librettist. (1942) * Ivo Parać Croatian composer. (1954) * Hubert Marischka Austrian tenor and director. (1959) * Vera Schwarz Yugoslav soprano. (1964) * Boris Izrayelevich Anisfeld American painter and stage designer. (1973) * Benjamin Britten English composer. (1976) * Oles' Semenovych Chishko Ukrainian composer and singer. (1976) * Zdeněk Otava Czech baritone. (1980) * Richard Van Allan English bass. (2008)

PREMIERES Médée Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Paris, Opéra, 4 December 1693. Otello Gioachino Rossini; Napoli, Teatro del Fondo, 4 December 1816. (200 years). La fille de Madame Angot Charles Lecocq; Brussels, Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes, 4 December 1872. Il Segreto di Susanna Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari; Munich, Hoftheater, 4 December 1909. L'amore medico Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari; Dresden, Hoftheater, 4 December 1913. Die tote Stadt Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Hamburg and Cologne, 4 December 1920.
 

05 December
BIRTHS * Giuseppe de Majo Italian composer. (1697) * Carlo Arrigoni Italian composer. (1697) * Gustave Vaëz Belgian librettist and translator. (1812) * Ferdinand Sieber Austrian singer and teacher. (1822) * Alexander Girardi Austrian comic singer and actor. (1850) * Vítězslav Novák Czech composer. (1870) * Arrigo Pedrollo Italian composer. (1878) * Grace Moore American soprano. (1898) * Jeanette Scovotti American soprano. (1936) * José Carreras Spanish tenor. (1946) * José Cura Argentine tenor. (1962)

DEATHS * Johann Friedrich Fasch German composer. (1758) * Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian composer. (1791) * Alexandre Dumas French dramatist and novelist. (1870) * Hans Richter Austro-Hungarian conductor. (1916, 100 years) * Giacomo Setaccioli Italian composer. (1925) * Yannis Anghelopoulos Greek baritone. (1943) * Karl Amadeus Hartmann German composer. (1963) * Franz Völker German tenor. (1965) * John Pritchard English conductor. (1989) * Elena Souliotis Greek soprano. (2004)

PREMIERES Celos aun del aire matan Juan Hidalgo; Madrid, Salón of the Palacio Real, ? 5 December 1660. Zoroastre Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 5 December 1749. Sāvitri Gustav Holst; London, London School of Opera, 5 December 1916. (100 years).
 

06 December
BIRTHS * Johann Baptist Henneberg Austrian composer. (1768) * Léon Pillet French theatre director. (1803) * Gilbert Duprez French tenor and composer. (1806) * Henryk Jarecki Polish composer and conductor. (1846) * Ira Gershwin American lyricist. (1896) * Virgilio Mortari Italian composer. (1902) * Jacques Bondon French composer. (1927) * Nikolaus Harnoncourt Austrian conductor. (1929) * Mark Kopytman Israeli composer. (1929) * John Nelson American conductor. (1941) * Andrew Stiller American composer and writer. (1946)

DEATHS * Etienne Fay French composer and singer. (1845) * Sebastián Iradier Spanish composer. (1865) * Giovanni Pacini Italian composer. (1867) * Frederick G Gleason American composer. (1903) * Karel Kovařovic Czech conductor and composer. (1920) * Auguste Chapuis French composer. (1933) * Augustin Savard French composer. (1942) * Léon Rothier French bass. (1951) * Gunnar Graarud Norwegian tenor. (1960) * Tom Krause Finnish baritone. (2013)

PREMIERES L'isola disabitata Joseph Haydn; Eszterháza, 6 December 1779. Orlando paladino Joseph Haydn; Eszterháza, 6 December 1782. La damnation de Faust Hector Berlioz; concert performance, Paris, Opéra-Comique, 6 December 1846. Vakula the Smith Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 24 November/6 December 1876. Der Bettelstudent Carl Millöcker; Vienna, Theater an der Wien, 6 December 1882. The Juniper Tree Philip Glass; Cambridge, Massachusetts, American Repertory Theater, 6 December 1985.