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26 May
BIRTHS * Luigi Vanvitelli Italian scene designer and inventor of stage machinery. (1700) * Joseph Drechsler Bohemian composer. (1782) * Felipe Gutiérrez Espinosa Puerto Rican composer. (1825) * Arthur Coquard French composer. (1846) * Josef Urban American architect and stage designer. (1872) * Eugene Goossens English composer and conductor. (1893) * Inge Borkh Swiss soprano. (1917) * Herbert Handt American tenor and conductor. (1926) * Joseph Horovitz British composer. (1926) * Kari Nurmela Finnish baritone. (1933) * German| Tenor . (2) * Teresa Stratas Canadian soprano. (1938) * William Bolcom American composer. (1938) * Imants Kalniņš Latvian composer. (1941)

DEATHS * Aimé Maillart French composer. (1871) * August Conradi German composer. (1873) * Jan Blockx Belgian composer. (1912) * Victor Herbert American composer. (1924) * Tamaki Miura Japanese soprano. (1946) * Ferdinand Frantz German bass-baritone. (1959) * Maggie Teyte English soprano. (1976) * Yelena Andreyevna Stepanova Russian soprano. (1978) * Nanny Larsén-Todsen Swedish soprano. (1982)

PREMIERES Cox and Box Arthur Sullivan; private performance, London, probably 26 May 1866. (150 years). The Nightingale Igor Stravinsky; Paris, Opéra, 26 May 1914. Drömmen om Thérèse Lars Johan Werle; Stockholm, Royal Opera, 26 May 1964. L'ispirazione Sylvano Bussotti; Firenze, Teatro Comunale, 26 May 1988.
 

27 May
BIRTHS * Fromental Halévy French composer. (1799) * Joachim Raff German composer and teacher. (1822) * Franz Schalk Austrian conductor. (1863) * Emil Pirchan German stage designer and teacher. (1884) * Max Brod German-Israeli writer, translator and librettist. (1884) * Willi Reich Swiss critic and musicologist. (1898) * Lina Pagliughi Italian soprano. (1907) * Thea Musgrave Scottish composer. (1928) * Eino Tamberg Estonian composer. (1930) * Elizabeth Harwood English soprano. (1938) * Thomas Moser American tenor. (1945)

DEATHS * Giovanni Legrenzi Italian composer. (1690) * Giacomo Rampini Italian composer. (1760) * Carl David Stegmann German tenor and composer. (1826) * Claire Croiza French mezzo-soprano. (1946) * Wilhelm Schüchter German conductor. (1974)

PREMIERES Nurmahal, oder Das Rosenfest von Kaschmir Gaspare Spontini; Berlin, Königliches Opernhaus, 27 May 1822.
 

28 May
BIRTHS * Thomas Moore Irish poet and musician. (1779) * Léon Vasseur French composer. (1844) * Riccardo Zandonai Italian composer. (1883) * Václav Talich Czech conductor. (1883) * José Padilla Spanish composer. (1889) * Sándor Svéd Hungarian baritone. (1904) * Thomas Martin American translator and conductor. (1909) * Nicola Rescigno American conductor. (1916, 100 years) * György Ligeti Hungarian composer. (1923) * John Culshaw English record and television producer. (1924) * Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau German baritone. (1925) * Peter Westergaard American composer. (1931) * Richard Van Allan English bass. (1935) * Franca Fabbri Italian soprano. (1935) * Dennis Riley American composer. (1943)

DEATHS * Luigi Boccherini Italian composer and cellist. (1805) * Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner German composer. (1833) * Antoine Reicha Bohemian composer and teacher. (1836) * Thomas Busby English composer and writer. (1838) * Viktor E Nessler Alsatian composer. (1890) * Aleksander Bandrowski-Sas Brandt Polish singer. (1913) * Queena Mario American soprano. (1951) * Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin Russian composer. (1963) * Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt German conductor and composer. (1973)

PREMIERES Arianna Claudio Monteverdi; Mantua, ducal palace, 28 May 1608. Le diable à quatre Christoph Willibald Gluck; Laxenburg, 28 May 1759. Die verwandelten Weiber Johann Adam Hiller; Leipzig, Theatre in Quandt's Court, 28 May 1766. (250 years). Alceste Anton Schweitzer; Weimar, Hoftheater, 28 May 1773. Maruxa Amadeo Vives; Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, 28 May 1914. Der Zwerg Alexander Zemlinsky; Cologne, Neues Theater, 28 May 1922. Mathis der Maler Paul Hindemith; Zürich, Stadttheater, 28 May 1938.