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27 April
BIRTHS * Giacomo Durazzo Italian impresario, poet and diplomat. (1717) * Andreas Jakob Romberg German composer. (1767) * Louis Niedermeyer Swiss composer. (1802) * Friedrich Flotow German composer. (1812) * Arthur Nevin American composer. (1871) * Delia Reinhardt German soprano. (1892) * Norman Bel Geddes American stage designer. (1893) * Parashkev Hadjiev Bulgarian composer. (1912) * Guido Cantelli Italian conductor. (1920) * Beatrice Laufer American composer. (1923) * Tom McDonnell Australian baritone. (1940) * Judith Blegen American soprano. (1941) * James Atherton American tenor and director. (1943) * Ilona Tokody Hungarian soprano. (1953)

DEATHS * Tommaso Stanzani Italian librettist. (1717) * Sigismond Thalberg German pianist and composer. (1871) * Carlos de Campos Brazilian composer. (1927) * Dmitry Smirnov Russian tenor. (1944) * Torsten Ralf Swedish tenor. (1954) * Michael Mudie English conductor. (1962) * Luise Willer German mezzo-soprano. (1970) * John Culshaw English record and television producer. (1980) * Julia Smith American composer. (1989)

PREMIERES Cadmus et Hermione Jean-Baptiste Lully; Paris, Jeu de paume de Béquet, 27 April 1673. Radamisto George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 27 April 1720. Il Trionfo di Clelia Johann Adolf Hasse; Vienna, Burgtheater, 27 April 1762. Roméo et Juliette Charles-François Gounod; Paris, Théâtre Lyrique, 27 April 1867. Le roi de Lahore Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra, 27 April 1877. Švanda the Bagpiper Jaromír Weinberger; Prague, National Theatre, 27 April 1927.
 

28 April
BIRTHS * Pier Jacopo Martello Italian poet and writer on opera. (1665, 350 years) * Claude Gillot French painter and designer. (1673) * Paul Ignaz Kürzinger Bavarian composer. (1750) * Nicola De Pirro Italian administrator. (1898) * Frans Vroons Dutch tenor. (1911) * Maria Tauberová Czech soprano. (1911) * Nan Merriman American mezzo-soprano. (1920) * Francis Burt English composer and teacher. (1926) * Giulia Barrera De Curtis American soprano. (1942) * Jeffrey Tate English conductor. (1943) * Nicola LeFanu English composer. (1947) * Gerald Barry Irish composer. (1952)

DEATHS * Thomas Betterton English actor, manager and director. (1710) * Pietro Mingotti Italian impresario. (1759) * François Giroust French composer. (1799) * Samuel Gottlieb Bürde German writer. (1831) * Ludwig Tieck German poet and dramatist. (1853) * Sir Alexander Mackenzie Scottish composer and conductor. (1935) * Luisa Tetrazzini Italian soprano. (1940) * John O'Sullivan Irish tenor. (1955) * Parashkev Hadjiev Bulgarian composer. (1992) * Olivier Messiaen French composer. (1992)

PREMIERES L'africaine Giacomo Meyerbeer; Paris, Opéra, 28 April 1865. (150 years). Muzïka dlya zhivïkh Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli; Tbilisi, Paliashvili Theatre of Opera and Ballet, 28 April 1984.
 

29 April
BIRTHS * Matthäus Stegmayer Austrian composer, dramatist and singer. (1771) * Anna Gottlieb Austrian singer. (1774) * Auguste Barbier French poet. (1805) * Carl Millöcker Austrian composer. (1842) * Alfred G Robyn American composer. (1860) * Vittorio Mario Vanzo Italian conductor and composer. (1862) * Thomas Beecham English conductor. (1879) * Malcolm Sargent English conductor. (1895) * Jacques Wolfe American composer. (1896) * Peter Sculthorpe Australian composer. (1929) * Darijan Božič Slovene composer. (1933) * Zubin Mehta Indian conductor. (1936) * Harald Stamm German bass. (1938) * Gino Quilico Canadian baritone. (1955)

DEATHS * Antonio Jolli Joli Italian stage designer. (1777) * Margarete Schick German singer. (1809) * MIchael Costa English conductor and composer. (1884) * František Bedřich Kott Czech composer. (1884) * Manfred Gurlitt German composer and conductor. (1973) * Clive Douglas Australian composer. (1977) * James McCracken American tenor. (1988) * Stephen Oliver English composer. (1992)

PREMIERES Die Hochzeit des Camacho Felix Mendelssohn; Berlin, Schauspielhaus, 29 April 1827. The Gambler Sergey Prokofiev; Brussels, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, 29 April 1929.