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26 January
BIRTHS * Antonio Maria Abbatini Italian composer. (1595) * Helmina von Chezy German poet and librettist. (1783) * Józef Damse Polish composer. (1789) * Frederick Corder English translator and composer. (1852) * Theo Herrmann Austrian bass. (1902) * Johannes Driessler German composer. (1921) * Emil Lerescu Romanian composer. (1921) * Frances Bible American mezzo-soprano. (1927) * Peter Ronnefeld German composer. (1935) * Zbigniew Penherski Polish composer. (1935)

DEATHS * Silvio Stampiglia Italian librettist. (1725) * Christian Gottlob Neefe German composer. (1798) * Gérard de Nerval French writer and translator. (1856) * Luigi Denza Italian composer. (1922) * Grace Moore American soprano. (1947) * Elvira Casazza Italian mezzo-soprano. (1965, 50 years) * Julius Patzak Austrian tenor. (1974) * Tiana Lemnitz German soprano. (1994) * Henry Lewis American conductor. (1996) * August Everding German director and administrator. (1999)

PREMIERES Arianna in Creta George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 26 January 1734. Così fan tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Vienna, Burgtheater, 26 January 1790. Lodoiska Simon Mayr; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 26 January 1796. Der Rosenkavalier Richard Strauss; Dresden, Königliches Opernhaus, 26 January 1911. Dialogues des Carmélites Francis Poulenc; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 26 January 1957.
 

27 January
BIRTHS * Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian composer. (1756) * Martin-Joseph Mengal Belgian composer. (1784) * Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Basque composer. (1806) * Edouard Lalo French composer. (1823) * Georg Hellmesberger Austrian composer. (1830) * Ödön Farkas Hungarian composer. (1851) * Gaspar Villate Cuban composer. (1851) * Claude Terrasse French composer. (1867) * Will Marion Cook American composer and conductor. (1869) * François Rasse Belgian composer. (1873) * Francis Toye English writer on music. (1883) * Jerome Kern American composer. (1885) * Eduard Künneke German composer. (1885) * Hans Duhan Austrian baritone. (1890) * Joseph Rosenstock American conductor. (1895) * John Bury British designer. (1925) * Vangjo Nova Albanian composer. (1927) * Jean-Michel Damase French composer. (1928) * Anna Green English soprano. (1933)

DEATHS * Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg German composer and conductor. (1802) * Philipp Röth German composer. (1850) * Giuseppe Verdi Italian composer and musical dramatist. (1901) * Adam Minchejmer Polish composer and conductor. (1904) * Giovanni Verga Italian writer. (1922) * Paul Kalisch German tenor. (1946) * Anna Bahr-Milbenburg Austrian soprano. (1947) * Boris Vladimirovich Asaf'yev Russian musicologist and composer. (1949) * Paul-Marie Masson French musicologist. (1954) * Erich Kleiber Austrian conductor. (1956) * Emil Preetorius German stage designer. (1973) * Boris Alexandrovich Arapov Russian composer. (1992) * Alain Vanzo French tenor. (2002)

PREMIERES Orlando George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 27 January 1733. Artaserse Baldassare Galuppi; Vienna, Burgtheater, 27 January 1749. Ariadne auf Naxos Georg Benda; Gotha, Schloss Friedenstein, 27 January 1775. Roland Niccolò Piccinni; Paris, Opéra, 27 January 1778. Il Signor Bruschino Gioachino Rossini; Venezia, Teatro S Moisè, 27 January 1813. Hunyadi László Ferenc Erkel; Pest, National Theatre, 27 January 1844. La battaglia di Legnano Giuseppe Verdi; Roma, Teatro Argentina, 27 January 1849. Zaide Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Frankfurt, 27 January 1866. The Midsummer Marriage Michael Tippett; London, Covent Garden, 27 January 1955.
 

28 January
BIRTHS * Giulio Rospigliosi Italian librettist. (1600) * Christian Felix Weisse German poet, dramatist and librettist. (1726) * Giuseppe Carpani Italian librettist and writer on music. (1752) * Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni Italian composer. (1757) * Ferdinand Hérold French composer. (1791) * Clairville French librettist. (1811) * Franz Wüllner German conductor. (1832) * Viktor E Nessler Alsatian composer. (1841) * Colette French writer. (1873) * Julián Carrillo Mexican composer and theorist. (1875) * Walter Kollo German composer. (1878) * Aylmer Buesst Australian conductor. (1883) * Laura Pasini Italian soprano. (1894) * Vittorio Rieti American composer. (1898) * Michael Head English composer. (1900) * Frances Yeend American soprano. (1918) * William Ashbrook American scholar and musicologist. (1922) * Luís de Pablo Spanish composer. (1930) * Ezio Flagello American bass. (1931) * Helena Tattermuschová Czech soprano. (1933) * Spiro Malas American bass. (1933) * Leonid Hrabovsky Ukrainian composer. (1935) * Richard Peduzzi French stage designer. (1943) * Malvina Major New Zealand soprano. (1943) * John Tavener English composer. (1944)

DEATHS * Francesco Feo Italian composer. (1761) * Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius Kunzen German composer. (1817) * Helmina von Chezy German poet and librettist. (1856) * Henry Murger French novelist. (1861) * Felice Romani Italian librettist. (1865, 150 years) * Henry Hugo Pierson German composer. (1873) * Augusta Holmès French composer. (1903) * Robert Planquette French composer. (1903) * Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov Russian composer, conductor and educator. (1935) * F S Procházka Czech poet and librettist. (1939) * Pablo Luna Spanish composer. (1942) * Maartje Offers Dutch contralto. (1944) * Reynaldo Hahn French composer and conductor. (1947) * Anton Vladislavovich Sekar-Rozhansky Russian tenor. (1952) * Allen C Hinckley American bass. (1954) * Ettore Parmeggiani Italian tenor. (1960) * Victor Damiani Uruguayan baritone. (1962) * Jef van Durme Belgian composer. (1965, 50 years)

PREMIERES Der geduldige Socrates Georg Philipp Telemann; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, 28 January 1721. Zoraide di Grenata Gaetano Donizetti; Roma, Teatro Argentina, 28 January 1822. Fra Diavolo Daniel-François-Esprit Auber; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 28 January 1830. Ines de castro Giuseppe Persiani; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 28 January 1835. Giovanni Gallurese Italo Montemezzi; Turin, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, 28 January 1905. Goyescas enrique Granados; New York, Metropolitan Opera, 28 January 1916. The Boatswain's Mate Ethel Smyth; London, Shaftesbury Theatre, 28 January 1916. Angélique Jacques Ibert; Paris, Théâtre Bériza, 28 January 1927.