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05 March
BIRTHS * Jean-Simon Berthélémy French painter and costume designer. (1743) * William Shield English composer. (1748) * Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse Danish composer. (1774) * Heitor Villa-Lobos Brazilian composer. (1887) * Alessio De Paolis Italian tenor. (1893) * Josip Gostič Slovene tenor. (1900) * Gitta Alpar Hungarian soprano. (1903) * Gregorio Fiasconaro South African baritone and producer. (1915, 100 years) * Ian Parrott English composer. (1916) * Sylvia Stahlman American soprano. (1929) * Anthony Hedges English composer. (1931) * Dimiter Petkov Bulgarian bass. (1938)

DEATHS * Joseph-François Salomon French composer. (1732) * Giovanni Battista Costanzi Italian composer. (1778) * Thomas Augustine Arne English composer and violinist. (1778) * Johann Georg Carl Ludwig Gieseke German actor and dramatist. (1833) * Francesco Maria Piave Italian librettist. (1876) * Luise Reuss-Belce Austrian soprano. (1945) * Alfredo Casella Italian composer, organizer and conductor. (1947) * Nikolay Ivanovich Speransky Russian bass-baritone and director. (1952) * Sergey Prokofiev Russian composer. (1953) * Otakar Jeremiáš Czech composer and conductor. (1962) * Lockrem Johnson American composer. (1977) * Tito Gobbi Italian baritone. (1984)

PREMIERES Mosè in Egitto Gioachino Rossini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 5 March 1818. Mefistofele Arrigo Boito; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 5 March 1868. Kupets Kalashnikov Anton Grigor'yevich Rubinstein; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 22 February/5 March 1880. Die toten Augen Eugen d'Albert; Dresden, Hofoper, 5 March 1916. La vedova scaltra Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari; Roma, Teatro Reale dell'Opera, 5 March 1931. Arden must Die Alexander Goehr; Hamburg, Staatsoper, 5 March 1967.
 

06 March
BIRTHS * Giuseppe Antonio Paganelli Italian composer. (1710) * Philipp Röth German composer. (1779) * Karol Kazimierz Kurpiński Polish composer and conductor. (1785) * Ludwik Grossman Polish composer. (1835) * Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov Russian composer and educator. (1844) * Oscar Straus Austrian composer and conductor. (1870) * Fernand Ansseau Belgian tenor. (1890) * Gina Cigna Italian soprano. (1900) * Julius Rudel American conductor. (1921) * Sarah Caldwell American impresario, conductor and director. (1924) * H C Robbins Landon American musicologist. (1926) * Norman Treigle American bass-baritone. (1927) * Lorin Maazel American conductor. (1930) * Olexander Ivanovych Bilash Ukrainian composer. (1931) * Michail Svetlev Bulgarian tenor. (1943) * Kiri Te Kanawa New Zealand soprano. (1944) * Nan Christie Scottish soprano. (1948)

DEATHS * Jean-Nicolas de Francine French administrator. (1735) * Toussaint Bertin de la Doué French composer. (1743) * Rudolf Karel Czech composer. (1945) * Ivor Novello British composer. (1951) * Richard Hageman American composer and conductor. (1966) * Zoltán Kodály Hungarian composer. (1967) * Iša Krejčí Czech composer and conductor. (1968) * Hans Duhan Austrian baritone. (1971) * Konstantin Iliev Bulgarian composer and conductor. (1988)

PREMIERES Le déserteur Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny; Paris, Comédie-Italienne, 6 March 1769. La sonnambula Vincenzo Bellini; Milano, Teatro Carcano, 6 March 1831. La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 6 March 1853. Jardín de Oriente joaquín Turina; Madrid, Teatro Real, 6 March 1923. The Handmaid's Tale Poul Ruders; Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Teater, 6 March 2000.
 

07 March
BIRTHS * Jean-Louis Laruette French haute-contre and composer. (1731) * Alessandro Manzoni Italian novelist, poet and dramatist. (1785) * Franz Pocci German composer. (1807) * Victor Massé French composer. (1822) * Edmond Gondinet French playwright and librettist. (1828) * Eduardo García Mansilla Argentine composer. (1871) * Maurice Ravel French composer. (1875) * Juan José Castro Argentine composer and conductor. (1895) * Donald Oenslager American designer and historian. (1902) * Alejandro García Caturla Cuban composer. (1906) * Robert Erickson American composer. (1917) * Robert Gard Australian tenor. (1927) * William Blankenship American tenor. (1928) * Claudio Nicolai German baritone. (1929) * Mady Mesplé French soprano. (1931) * Eugene Holmes American baritone. (1934) * Michael Chance English countertenor. (1955)

DEATHS * Caterina Martinelli Italian singer. (1608) * Odoardo Ceccarelli Italian singer. (1668) * Francesco Antonio Tullio Italian librettist. (1737) * William Corbett English composer. (1748) * Antonio Palella Italian composer. (1761) * Vicenc Cuyás y Borés Spanish composer. (1839) * Jacopo Ferretti Italian librettist. (1852) * Paul Bekker German writer on opera and administrator. (1937) * Mykolas Bukša Lithuanian conductor and composer. (1953) * Kirill Kondrashin Russian conductor. (1981) * Nicolae Brânzeu Romanian composer and conductor. (1983) * Claude Vivier Canadian composer. (1983) * Claude Arrieu French composer. (1990) * Rudolf Neuhaus German conductor. (1990) * Arnold Franchetti American composer and teacher. (1993) * Leonie Rysanek Austrian soprano. (1998)

PREMIERES Il Crociato in Egitto Giacomo Meyerbeer; Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, 7 March 1824. I lituani Amilcare Ponchielli; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 7 March 1874. I cavalieri di Ekebù Riccardo Zandonai; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 7 March 1925.