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16 January
BIRTHS * Francesco Mancini Italian composer. (1672) * Nicolas-François Guillard French librettist. (1752) * Karl August Krebs German conductor and composer. (1804) * Edward Gordon Craig English stage designer. (1872) * Henri Büsser French composer and conductor. (1872) * Alfred Grünwald Austrian librettist. (1884) * Orazio Fiume Italian composer. (1908) * Vera Borisenko Russian mezzo-soprano. (1918) * Pilar Lorengar Spanish soprano. (1928) * Marilyn Horne American mezzo-soprano. (1934) * Kenneth Woollam English tenor. (1937) * Gavin Bryars English composer. (1943) * Yelina Prokina Russian soprano. (1965)

DEATHS * Antonio Draghi Italian composer and librettist. (1700) * Antonín Volánek Czech composer. (1817, 200 years) * Amilcare Ponchielli Italian composer. (1886) * Léo Delibes French composer. (1891) * Jules Barbier French librettist and playwright. (1901) * Reginald De Koven American composer. (1920) * Richard Wetz German composer. (1935) * Arturo Toscanini Italian conductor. (1957) * Gilardo Gilardi Argentine composer. (1963) * Vernon Duke American composer. (1969) * Stjepan Šulek Croatian composer. (1986)

PREMIERES Orpheus Friedrich Benda; Berlin, Corsika'scher Saal, 16 January 1785. Les deux journées Luigi Cherubini; Paris, Théâtre Feydeau, 16 January 1800.
 

17 January
BIRTHS * Pedro Calderón de la Barca Spanish writer and librettist. (1600) * Antonio Salvi Italian librettist. (1664) * Antoine Houdar de Lamotte French librettist and aesthetician. (1672) * John Stanley English composer. (1712) * Jean-Joseph Vadé French composer and dramatist. (1719) * Thomas Linley English composer. (1733) * François-Joseph Gossec South Netherlands composer. (1734) * Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer. (1857) * Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Russian dramatist and short-story writer. (1860) * Hans Jelmoli Swiss composer. (1877) * Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky Russian composer. (1900) * Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky Russian composer. (1901) * Henk Badings Dutch composer. (1907) * Martin Cooper English writer on music. (1910) * Nancy Argenta Canadian soprano. (1957) * Agnès Mellon French soprano. (1958)

DEATHS * Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni Italian composer. (1751) * Alessio Prati Italian composer. (1788) * Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Basque composer. (1826) * José Cândido da Gama Malcher Brazilian composer. (1921) * Kipras Petrauskas Lithuanian tenor. (1968) * Grażyna Bacewicz Polish composer and violinist. (1969)
 

18 January
BIRTHS * Ignác Plumlovský Moravian composer. (1703) * Caterino Mazzolà Italian poet and librettist. (1745) * Ferdinand Kauer Austrian composer and conductor. (1751) * Josef Wenzig Czech writer and librettist. (1807) * Emmanuel Chabrier French composer. (1841) * André Bloch French composer. (1873) * William Franke Harling American composer. (1887) * John Laurence Seymour American composer. (1893) * Berthold Goldschmidt British composer and conductor. (1903) * János Ferencsik Hungarian conductor. (1907) * Marianne Schech German soprano. (1914) * Juan Orrego-Salas Chilean composer. (1919) * Antonio Bibalo Norwegian composer. (1922) * David Hamilton American critic. (1935) * Katia Ricciarelli Italian soprano. (1946) * Christoph Prégardien German tenor. (1956)

DEATHS * Antonio de Literes Spanish composer. (1747) * Guillaume-Alexis Paris South Netherlands composer. (1840) * Edward Bulwer-Lytton English writer. (1873) * Filippo Marchetti Italian composer. (1902) * Alexandre Georges French composer. (1938) * Mariya Mikhaylova Russian soprano. (1943) * Feliks Nowowiejski Polish composer. (1946) * Fritz Wolff German tenor. (1957) * Warwick Braithwaite New Zealand conductor. (1971) * Chester Kallman American poet, librettist and translator. (1975) * Yvonne Printemps French soprano. (1977) * Ivan Ivanovich Dzerzhinsky Russian composer. (1978) * Cedric Thorpe Davie Scottish composer. (1983) * Ardis Joan Krainik American director and administrator. (1997) * Myfanwy Piper English librettist. (1997)

PREMIERES Amadis Jean-Baptiste Lully; Paris, Opéra, 18 January 1684. Caterina Cornaro Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 18 January 1844. The Nose Dmitry Shostakovich; Leningrad, Malïy Opera Theatre, 18 January 1930. Tintomara Lars Johan Werle; Stockholm, Royal Opera, 18 January 1973.