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27 December
BIRTHS * Anton German amateur composer. (1755) * Augusto Machado Portuguese composer. (1845) * Henri Christiné French composer. (1867) * Max Ettinger German composer. (1874) * Heinz Reichert Austrian librettist. (1877) * Maurice Schoemaker Belgian composer. (1890) * Elvira de Hidalgo Spanish soprano. (1892) * Augusta Oltrabella Italian soprano. (1897) * Ivan Brkanović Croatian composer. (1906) * Charles Holland American tenor. (1909) * Fedele D'Amico Italian critic. (1912) * Allan Blank American composer. (1925) * Giancarlo Del Monaco Italian director. (1943) * Janet Perry Swiss soprano. (1947)

DEATHS * Donato Cupeda Italian librettist. (1704) * Thomas D'Hèle English librettist. (1780) * Francesco Salari Italian composer. (1828) * Alessandro Nini Italian composer. (1880) * Amy Marcy Beach American composer and pianist. (1944) * Rafael Martínez Valls Spanish composer. (1946) * Louis Hasselmans French conductor. (1957) * Joseph Post Australian conductor. (1972) * Constantin Regamey Swiss composer. (1982) * Eamonn O'Gallagher Irish composer. (1982) * Kurt Baum German tenor. (1989)

PREMIERES Il Trionfo di Camilla, regina de' Volsci Giovanni Bononcini; Napoli, Teatro di S Bartolomeo, 27 December 1696. Callirhoé André Cardinal Destouches; Paris, Opéra, 27 December 1712. La scuola de' gelosi Antonio Salieri; Venezia, Teatro S Moisè, 27 December 1778. Gli equivoci Stephen Storace; Vienna, Burgtheater, 27 December 1786. Adelaide di Borgogna Gioachino Rossini; Roma, Teatro Argentina, 27 December 1817. The Saint of Bleecker Street Gian Carlo Menotti; New York, Broadway Theatre, 27 December 1954.
 

28 December
BIRTHS * Christian Friedrich Müller German composer. (1752) * Johan Wikmanson Swedish composer. (1753) * Calixa Lavallée Canadian composer. (1842) * Harry B Smith American lyricist and librettist. (1860) * Holger Byrding Danish bass. (1891) * Miguel Fleta Spanish tenor. (1893) * Roger Sessions American composer and teacher. (1896) * Nicolae Brânzeu Romanian composer and conductor. (1907) * Roman Palester Polish composer. (1907) * Paolo Silveri Italian baritone. (1913) * Gheorghe Dumitrescu Romanian composer. (1914, 100 years) * Rita Orlandi Malaspina Italian soprano. (1937)

DEATHS * Antonio Caldara Italian composer. (1736) * Gennaro Manna Italian composer. (1779) * Pasquale Sogner Italian composer. (1842) * Alfred Cellier English composer and conductor. (1891) * Domenico Alaleona Italian musicologist, conductor and composer. (1928) * Maurice Ravel French composer. (1937) * Paul Hindemith German composer. (1963) * Ludwig Hofmann German bass. (1963) * Maria Németh Hungarian soprano. (1967) * Marie Powers American contralto. (1973) * David Ewen American writer on music. (1985) * Henry Barraud French composer. (1997)

PREMIERES L'italiana in Londra Domenico Cimarosa; Roma, Teatro Valle, 28 December 1779. Madame Favart Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Folies-Dramatiques, 28 December 1878. Šárka Zdeněk Fibich; Prague, National Theatre, 28 December 1897. Königskinder Engelbert Humperdinck; New York, Metropolitan Opera, 28 December 1910.
 

29 December
BIRTHS * Pompadour French patron. (1721) * Aimé Leborne French composer. (1797) * Karel Sabina Czech librettist. (1813) * Miguel Echegaray Spanish librettist. (1848) * Tomás Bretón Spanish composer and conductor. (1850) * Eleodoro Ortiz de Zárate Chilean composer. (1865) * Jules Bledsoe American baritone. (1898) * Peggy Glanville-Hicks Australian composer. (1912) * Mado Robin French soprano. (1918) * Roman Vlad Italian composer and writer on music. (1919) * Kolbjörn Höiseth Norwegian tenor. (1932) * Philip Prowse English designer and director. (1937)

DEATHS * Jacopo Corsi Italian patron. (1602) * Giovanni Antonio Boretti Italian composer and singer. (1672) * Johann Heinrich Rolle German composer. (1785) * Anton Bachschmidt German composer. (1797) * Johann Baptist Schenk Austrian composer. (1836) * Léon Carvalho French theatre director. (1897) * John Adam Hugo American composer. (1945) * Alfred Loewenberg British lexicographer. (1949) * Hans Rosbaud Austrian conductor. (1962) * Miroslav Krejčí Czech composer. (1964, 50 years) * Kósçak Yamada Japanese composer. (1965) * Fritz Behrend German composer. (1972) * John Antill Australian composer. (1986) * Irma Beilke German soprano. (1989) * Aulikki Rautawaara Finnish soprano. (1990) * Yvonne Desportes French composer. (1993) * Gino Sinimberghi Italian tenor. (1996)

PREMIERES Arianna in Nasso Nicola Porpora; London, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 29 December 1733. Ba-ta-clan Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 29 December 1855. Sly Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 29 December 1927.