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31 May
BIRTHS * Marin Marais French composer and viol player. (1656) * Ludwig Tieck German poet and dramatist. (1773) * Cesare Pugni Italian composer. (1802) * Rafael Hernando Spanish composer. (1822) * Erich Walter Sternberg Israeli composer. (1891) * Louis Fourestier French conductor and composer. (1892) * Edith Coates English mezzo-soprano. (1908) * Alfred Deller English countertenor. (1912) * Florence Quartararo American soprano. (1922) * Shirley Verrett American mezzo-soprano and soprano. (1931) * Alfred Muff Swiss bass-baritone. (1949) * Nancy Shade American soprano. (1949) * Bruce Adolphe American composer. (1955)

DEATHS * Michał Kazimierz Ogiński Polish prince, Grand Hetman of Lithuania and composer. (1800) * Joseph Haydn Austrian composer. (1809) * Vatroslav Lisinski Croatian composer. (1854) * Audrey Mildmay English soprano. (1953) * Raoul Gunsbourg French composer and impresario. (1955) * Eduardo Toldrá Catalan composer. (1962) * Pavel Šivic Slovene composer. (1995)

PREMIERES La gazza ladra Gioachino Rossini; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 31 May 1817. M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le … Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Palais Bourbon, 31 May 1861. Le villi Giacomo Puccini; Milano, Teatro Dal Verme, 31 May 1884. Aniara Karl-Birger Blomdahl; Stockholm, Royal Opera, 31 May 1959.
 

01 June
BIRTHS * Friedrich Ludwig Seidel German composer. (1765) * Józef Elsner Polish composer. (1769) * Ferdinando Paer Italian composer. (1771) * Ferdinand Raimund Austrian dramatist, actor and theatre director. (1790) * Hermann Zopff German critic, teacher and composer. (1826) * Adolphe Jullien French writer on music. (1845) * Samuel L M Barlow American composer. (1892) * Valeriya Vladimirovna Barsova Russian soprano. (1892) * Walter Legge English administrator and writer. (1906) * John Tooley English administrator. (1924) * Edo De Waart Dutch conductor. (1941) * John Dew British director. (1944) * Frederica Von Stade American mezzo-soprano. (1945)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Concone Italian composer and singing teacher. (1861) * Leo Slezak Austro-Czech tenor. (1946) * Ettore Mazzoleni Canadian conductor and teacher. (1968)

PREMIERES Masagniello Reinhard Keiser; Hamburg, Theater am Gänsemarkt, June 1706. Acis and Galatea George Frideric Handel; Cannons, summer 1718. Proserpin Joseph Martin Kraus; Stockholm, Ulriksdal Castle Theatre, 1 June 1781. Gli sposi malcontenti Stephen Storace; Vienna, Burgtheater, 1 June 1785. Il Campanello di notte Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro Nuovo, 1 June 1836. Padmâvatî Albert Roussel; Paris, Opéra, 1 June 1923.
 

02 June
BIRTHS * Michel-Jean Sedaine French librettist and playwright. (1719) * Antoni Weinert Polish composer. (1751) * Edward Elgar English composer. (1857) * Harry Rowe Shelley American composer. (1858) * Felix Weingartner Austrian conductor. (1863) * Hakon Børresen Danish composer. (1876) * David Wynne Welsh composer. (1900) * Robin Orr Scottish composer and teacher. (1909) * Martha Rohs German mezzo-soprano. (1909) * Josef Metternich German baritone. (1915) * Eduardo Gimenez Spanish tenor. (1940) * Bruno Cagli Italian administrator, writer on music and librettist. (1942) * Marvin Hamlisch American composer. (1944) * Inga Nielsen Danish soprano. (1946) * Mark Elder English conductor. (1947) * Neil Shicoff American tenor. (1949)

DEATHS * Franz Friedrich Siegmund August von Böcklin von Böcklinsau German composer and writer. (1813) * Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky Russian dramatist. (1886) * Ernest Ford English composer. (1919) * Hans von Wolzogen German writer on music and librettist. (1938) * Josef Reiter Austrian composer. (1939) * Donald Gramm American bass-baritone. (1983) * Daniel Sternefeld Belgian composer and conductor. (1986) * Nazib Gayazovich Zhiganov Tatar composer. (1988) * Pilar Lorengar Spanish soprano. (1996) * Nicolai Ghiaurov Bulgarian bass. (2004)

PREMIERES Silla George Frideric Handel; ?performed privately at the Queen's Theatre, London, 2 June 1713. Armida Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 2 June 1771. Isabeau Pietro Mascagni; Buenos Aires, Teatro Coliseo, 2 June 1911. Lulu Alban Berg; Zürich, Stadttheater, 2 June 1937 ; Paris, Opéra, 24 February 1979. The English Cat Hans Werner Henze; Schwetzingen, 2 June 1983.