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25 May
BIRTHS * Edward Bulwer-Lytton English writer. (1803) * Camille Erlanger French composer. (1863) * Gilardo Gilardi Argentine composer. (1889) * Heinz Rehfuss Swiss bass-baritone. (1917) * Havelock Nelson Irish conductor. (1917) * Gino Negri Italian composer and critic. (1919) * Aldo Clementi Italian composer. (1925) * Gerhard Croll Austrian musicologist. (1927) * Beverly Sills American soprano and director. (1929) * Franco Bonisolli Italian tenor. (1937) * Maria Slatinaru Romanian soprano. (1938) * Elena Souliotis Greek soprano. (1943)

DEATHS * Pedro Calderón de la Barca Spanish writer and librettist. (1681) * Barbara Gerl Austrian singer and actress. (1806) * Domenico Puccini Italian composer. (1815, 200 years) * Johann Nepomuk Nestroy Austrian playwright, actor and singer. (1862) * Paolo Giorza Italian composer and conductor. (1914) * Léon Vasseur French composer. (1917) * Gustav Holst English composer. (1934) * Ján Levoslav Bella Slovak composer. (1936) * Rosa Ponselle American soprano. (1981) * Adelaide Saraceni Argentine soprano. (1995)

PREMIERES Amadigi di Gaula George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 25 May 1715. (300 years). Il Geloso in cimento Pasquale Anfossi; Vienna, Burgtheater, 25 May 1774. HMS Pinafore Arthur Sullivan; London, Opera Comique, 25 May 1878. Ukroshcheniye stroptivoy Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin; Kuybïshev, Opera and Ballet Theatre, 25 May 1957. The Merchant of Venice Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Firenze, Teatro Comunale, 25 May 1961; in original English version, Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium, 13 April 1966. Samstag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen; Milano, Palazzo dello Sport, 25 May 1984.
 

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. 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.