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26 July
BIRTHS * Pietro Paolo Laurenti Italian composer and singer. (1675) * Bernard Shaw Irish dramatist, critic and polymath. (1856) * Aldous Huxley English writer. (1894) * Jack Allan Westrup English scholar, teacher and conductor. (1904) * Tadeusz Baird Polish composer. (1928) * Anthony Gilbert English composer. (1934) * Rodney Milnes English critic. (1936)

DEATHS * Grazio Braccioli Italian librettist. (1752) * Daniel Dal Barba Italian composer. (1801) * Michele Michel Carafa Italian composer. (1872) * Giuseppe Agostini Italian tenor. (1951) * Miguel Bernal Jiménez Mexican composer. (1956) * Frank Loesser American composer and librettist. (1969) * Ulysses Lappas Greek tenor. (1971)

PREMIERES Le peintre amoureux de son modèle Egidio Duni; Paris, Foire St Laurent, 26 July 1757. L'infedeltà delusa Joseph Haydn; Eszterháza, 26 July 1773. Parsifal Richard Wagner; Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, 26 July 1882.
 

27 July
BIRTHS * François Arnaud French man of letters. (1721) * Jakob Zupan Slovene composer. (1734) * François Hippolyte Barthelemon French composer. (1741) * Alessandro Sanquirico Italian scene painter and designer. (1777) * Georges Onslow French composer. (1784) * Alexandre Dumas French dramatist. (1824) * Enrique Granados Spanish composer and pianist. (1867, 150 years) * Stanislav Binički Serbian composer and conductor. (1872) * Ernő Dohnányi Hungarian composer. (1877) * Ivar Andrésen Norwegian bass. (1896) * Hans Haug Swiss composer. (1900) * Clive Douglas Australian composer. (1903) * Gianandrea Gavazzeni Italian conductor, composer and writer. (1909) * Mario Del Monaco Italian tenor. (1915) * Otar Vasil'yevich Taktakishvili Georgian composer, conductor and writer on music. (1924) * Alan Blyth English critic. (1929) * Carol Vaness American soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * Antonio Vivaldi Italian composer and violinist. (1741) * Johann Christian Lobe German composer. (1881) * Franz Doppler Austrian composer. (1883) * Gustav Kobbé American writer. (1918) * Ferruccio Busoni German-Italian composer. (1924) * Victor Vreuls Belgian composer. (1944) * Gertrude Stein American writer. (1946) * Francesco Spetrino Italian conductor and composer. (1948) * Martha Rohs German mezzo-soprano. (1963) * Bernhard Paumgartner Austrian musicologist. (1971) * Hugh Callingham Wheeler American lyricist and librettist. (1987)

PREMIERES The Tempest John C. Eaton; Santa Fe, Opera Theater, 27 July 1985.
 

28 July
BIRTHS * Alberto Mazzucato Italian composer, conductor and singing teacher. (1813) * Arnaldo Bonaventura Italian musicologist. (1862) * Francesco Bartolomeo De Leone American composer. (1887) * Gottlob Frick German bass. (1906) * Zbigniew Turski Polish composer. (1908) * Kenneth Neate Australian tenor. (1914) * Riccardo Muti Italian conductor. (1941) * Stefanos Lazaridis British stage designer. (1944) * Deon van der Walt South African tenor. (1958)

DEATHS * Arvid Niclas, von Höpken Swedish composer. (1778) * Giuseppe Sarti Italian composer. (1802) * Bernhard Henrik Crusell Swedish composer and translator. (1838) * Clemens Brentano German poet. (1842) * Stefano Pavesi Italian composer. (1850) * Leo Stein Austrian librettist. (1920) * Muslim Mahomayev Azerbaijani composer. (1937) * Lucie Weidt Austrian soprano. (1940) * Franz Konwitschny German conductor. (1962) * Bella Paalen Hungarian mezzo-soprano. (1964) * Gabriel von Wayditch Hungarian composer. (1969) * Helen Traubel American soprano. (1972) * Otakar Kraus British baritone. (1980) * Neil Warren-Smith Australian bass-baritone. (1981)

PREMIERES Jessonda Louis Spohr; Kassel, Hoftheater, 28 July 1823. Emilia di Liverpool Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro Nuovo, 28 July 1824.