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07 February
BIRTHS * Benedikt Schack Austrian composer and tenor. (1758) * Charles Dickens English writer. (1812) * Joaquín Gaztambide Spanish composer and conductor. (1822) * Richard Genée German conductor, librettist and composer. (1823) * Cristóbal Oudrid Spanish composer. (1825) * Ernst Frank German conductor and composer. (1847) * Mieczysław Sołtys Polish composer. (1863) * Ricardo Castro Herrera Mexican composer. (1864) * Cornelis Dopper Dutch conductor and composer. (1870) * Wilhelm Stenhammar Swedish composer. (1871) * Erkki Melartin Finnish composer. (1875) * Feliks Nowowiejski Polish composer. (1877) * Galliano Masini Italian tenor. (1896) * Oskar Danon Yugoslav conductor and composer. (1913) * Carlo Felice Cillario Argentine conductor. (1915) * Harewood English administrator and writer. (1923) * John Buller English composer. (1927) * Jef Vermeersch Belgian baritone. (1928) * Stuart Burrows Welsh tenor. (1933) * Lois McDonall Canadian soprano. (1939) * Norman Welsby English baritone. (1939) * Wolfgang von Schweinitz German composer. (1953)

DEATHS * Filippo Acciaiuoli Italian impresario and deviser of spectacles. (1700) * Carlo Francesco Pollarolo Italian composer. (1723) * André Cardinal Destouches French composer. (1749) * Giovanni Alberto Ristori Italian composer. (1753) * William Boyce English composer. (1779) * Franz Anton Dimmler German composer. (1827) * Marcos António Portugal Portuguese composer. (1830) * František Jan Škroup Czech composer and conductor. (1862) * Clairville French librettist. (1879) * Sigrid Arnoldson Swedish soprano. (1943) * Lina Cavalieri Italian soprano. (1944) * Hans Reinmar Austrian baritone. (1961) * Margaret Ritchie English soprano. (1969) * Dimitrie Cuclin Romanian composer. (1978) * Antonio Emmanuilovich Spadavecchia Ukrainian composer. (1988) * Jean Giraudeau French tenor. (1995)

PREMIERES Ercole amante Francesco Cavalli; Paris, Tuileries, Salle des Machines, 7 February 1662. Der Schauspieldirektor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Schönbrunn, Orangery, 7 February 1786. Prima la musica e poi le parole Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Schönbrunn Orangerie, 7 February 1786. Il matrimonio segreto Domenico Cimarosa; Vienna, Burgtheater, 7 February 1792. Thérèse Jules Massenet; Monte Carlo, Opéra, 7 February 1907.
 

08 February
BIRTHS * Pasquale Cafaro Italian composer. (1716, 300 years) * André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry Liégeois composer. (1741) * Joseph Eybler Austrian composer. (1765) * Ludwig Maurer German violinist and composer. (1789) * Antonio Cagnoni Italian composer. (1828) * Ferdinand Frantz German bass-baritone. (1906) * Ilona Steingruber Austrian soprano. (1912) * Giacinto Prandelli Italian tenor. (1914) * Newell Jenkins American conductor. (1915) * Zdeněk Zouhar Czech composer. (1927) * Nathaniel Merrill American director. (1927) * Malcolm Donnelly Australian baritone. (1943)

DEATHS * François-Antoine Habeneck French conductor. (1849) * Franco Leoni Italian composer. (1949) * Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin Russian composer. (1949) * Vincenzo Bellezza Italian conductor. (1964) * Gladys Moncrieff Australian soprano. (1976) * Josef Schelb German composer. (1977) * Charles Kullman American tenor. (1983)

PREMIERES I disingannati Antonio Caldara; Vienna, Hoftheater, 8 February 1729. Boris Godunov Modest Petrovich Musorgsky; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 27 January/8 February 1874. Four Saints in Three Acts Virgil Thomson; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 8 February 1934.
 

09 February
BIRTHS * Henri-Joseph Rigel German composer. (1741) * Carl Gottfried Theodor Winkler German poet, impresario and journalist. (1775) * Felipe Pedrell Spanish composer. (1841) * Natanael Berg Swedish composer. (1879) * Alban Berg Austrian composer. (1885) * John Warrack English writer on music. (1928) * Miklós Erdélyi Hungarian conductor. (1928) * Franz Crass German bass-baritone. (1928) * Willem Kersters Belgian composer. (1929) * Emil Petrovics Hungarian composer. (1930) * Miro Belamarić Croatian composer and conductor. (1935) * Hildegard Behrens German soprano. (1937) * Okan Demiriş Turkish composer. (1940) * Wolfgang Schöne German baritone. (1940) * Miloš Štědroň Czech composer. (1942) * Ryland Davies Welsh tenor. (1943) * Jay Reise American composer. (1950) * Marilyn Hill Smith English soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Antonio Vincenzo Aldrovandini Italian composer. (1707) * Franz Anton Hoffmeister Austrian composer. (1812) * Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg German composer. (1944) * Robert Burg Czech baritone. (1946) * Poul Schierbeck Danish composer. (1949) * Ernő Dohnányi Hungarian composer. (1960) * Alexandre Benois Russian stage designer, director and art historian. (1960) * Ulisse Prota-Giurleo Italian musicologist. (1966, 50 years) * Kurt Herbert Adler American conductor and director. (1988) * Ilse Hollweg German soprano. (1990) * Jarmila Novotná Czech soprano. (1994)

PREMIERES Scipione affricano Francesco Cavalli; Venezia, Teatro SS Giovanni e Paolo, 9 February 1664. Der Thurm zu Babel Anton Grigor'yevich Rubinstein; Königsberg [now Kaliningrad], 9 February 1870. Falstaff Giuseppe Verdi; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 9 February 1893. Fierrabras Franz Schubert; Karlsruhe, Grossherzögliches Hoftheater, 9 February 1897.