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20 May
BIRTHS * John Barkworth English composer. (1858) * Hans Hermann Nissen German bass-baritone. (1893) * Erich Kunz Austrian bass-baritone. (1909) * Lone Koppel Danish soprano. (1938) * Nikolaus Lehnhoff German director. (1939) * Julie Kaufmann American soprano. (1950)

DEATHS * Francesco Sacrati Italian composer. (1650) * Domènech Miguel Bernabé Terradellas Spanish composer. (1751) * Giovan Gualberto Brunetti Italian composer. (1787) * Gustav Friedrich Wilhelm Grossmann German actor, manager, dramatist and librettist. (1796) * Jules Laurent Duprato French composer. (1892) * Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin French scholar and composer. (1910) * Anna Báthy Hungarian soprano. (1962) * René Defossez Belgian composer. (1988) * Ulysses Kay American composer. (1995)

PREMIERES Il Prigioniero Luigi Dallapiccola; Firenze, Teatro Comunale, 20 May 1950. Elegy for Young Lovers Hans Werner Henze; Schwetzingen, 20 May 1961.
 

21 May
BIRTHS * Antonio Corbisiero Italian composer. (1720) * Joseph Parry Welsh composer. (1841) * Pablo Luna Spanish composer. (1879) * Karel Hába Czech composer. (1898) * Constantin Bobescu Romanian composer. (1899) * Giulio Neri Italian bass. (1909) * Quenten Doolittle Canadian composer. (1925) * Forbes Robinson English bass. (1926) * Yury Markovich Butsko Russian composer. (1938) * Rosalind Plowright English soprano. (1949)

DEATHS * Antonio Salvi Italian librettist. (1724) * Nicolas-Médard Audinot French impresario, singer and dramatist. (1801) * Joseph Wölfl Austrian composer and pianist. (1812) * Francisco Arderíus Spanish impresario, actor and singer. (1886) * Franz Suppé Austrian composer and conductor. (1895) * Gaston Micheletti Corsican tenor. (1959)

PREMIERES Les fêtes d'Hébé Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 21 May 1739. Der Cid Peter Cornelius; Weimar, Hoftheater, 21 May 1865. Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo; Milano, Teatro Dal Verme, 21 May 1892. The Mask of Orpheus Harrison Birtwistle; London, Coliseum, 21 May 1986.
 

22 May
BIRTHS * Gaetano Andreozzi Italian composer. (1755) * Gérard de Nerval French writer and translator. (1808) * Richard Wagner . Composer. (1813) * Eduard Caudella Romanian composer. (1842) * Francis Hueffer English author and critic. (1843) * Enric Morera Spanish composer and conductor. (1865) * Jean Cras French composer. (1879) * Vina Bovy Belgian soprano. (1900) * František Jílek Czech conductor. (1913) * Maurice Blackburn Canadian composer. (1914) * Georg Tintner Australian conductor. (1917) * James King American tenor. (1925) * Alfred Kirchner German director. (1937) * Julian Rushton English musicologist. (1941)

DEATHS * Johann Georg Conradi German composer. (1699) * Domenico Corri Italian composer. (1825) * Alessandro Manzoni Italian novelist, poet and dramatist. (1873) * Franz von Holstein German composer. (1878) * Victor Hugo French author. (1885) * Hans Pfitzner German composer and conductor. (1949) * Theodor Scheidl German baritone. (1959) * André Baugé French baritone. (1966) * Mario Zafred Italian composer. (1987)

PREMIERES L'italiana in Algeri Gioachino Rossini; Venezia, Teatro S Benedetto, 22 May 1813. Djamileh Georges Bizet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 22 May 1872. Die Zaubergeige Werner Egk; Frankfurt, Städtische Bühnen, 22 May 1935. Una domanda di matrimonio Luciano Chailly; Milano, Piccola Scala, 22 May 1957. Der Prinz von Homburg Hans Werner Henze; Hamburg, Staatsoper, 22 May 1960.