BIRTHSMelesio 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)
DEATHSJohn 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)
PREMIERESMédée 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.
BIRTHSGiuseppe 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)
DEATHSJohann 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)
PREMIERESCelos 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).
BIRTHSJohann 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)
DEATHSEtienne 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)
PREMIERESL'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.