BIRTHSAndrea Lucchesi Italian composer. (1741)
Ferdinand Pujman Czech director and writer. (1889)
Rosa Raisa American soprano. (1893)
Heinrich Rehkemper German baritone. (1894)
Mark Lothar German composer. (1902)
Hellmuth Christian Wolff German musicologist and composer. (1906)
Jean Françaix French composer. (1912)
Horst Günter German baritone. (1913)
Günther Wich German conductor. (1928)
Ilva Ligabue Italian soprano. (1932)
Ingeborg Hallstein German soprano. (1937)
Francesco Degrada Italian musicologist. (1940)
Richard Gaddes American administrator. (1942)
DEATHSWilhelm Mangold German violinist and composer. (1875)
Henrik Ibsen Norwegian dramatist. (1906)
Hans Koessler German composer. (1926)
Slavko Osterc Slovene composer. (1941)
Radie Britain American composer. (1994)
PREMIERESDido, Queen of Carthage Stephen Storace; London, King's Theatre in the Haymarket, 23 May 1792.
Der Besuch der alten Dame Gottfried von Einem; Vienna, Staatsoper, 23 May 1971.
Resurrection Tod Machover; Houston, Wortham Theatre Center, 23 May 1999.
BIRTHSFerdinand Fränzl German composer. (1767)
Henry Prunières French musicologist. (1886)
Zdeněk Blažek Czech composer. (1905)
Krešimir Fribec Croatian composer. (1908)
Marģers Zariņš Latvian composer. (1910)
Joan Hammond Australian soprano. (1912)
Giuseppe Valdengo Italian baritone. (1914)
Martin Kalmanoff American composer. (1920)
Sadao Bekku Japanese composer. (1922)
András Kórodi Hungarian conductor. (1922)
Konrad Boehmer Dutch composer. (1941)
Fiona Kimm English mezzo-soprano. (1952)
DEATHSFriedrich Fesca German composer. (1826)
Benjamin Carr American composer. (1831)
Viktor Isidorovich Dolidze Georgian composer. (1933)
Cloe Elmo Italian mezzo-soprano. (1962)
Bernard Rogers American composer. (1968)
PREMIERESHans Heiling Heinrich August Marschner; Berlin, Hofoper, 24 May 1833.
Le roi l'a dit Léo Delibes; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 24 May 1873.
Cendrillon Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 24 May 1899.
Bluebeard's Castle Béla Bartók; Budapest, Opera, 24 May 1918.
BIRTHSEdward Bulwer-Lytton English writer. (1803)
Camille Erlanger French composer. (1863)
Gilardo Gilardi Argentine composer. (1889)
Heinz Rehfuss Swiss bass-baritone. (1917)
Havelock Nelson Irish conductor. (1917)
Gino Negri Italian composer and critic. (1919)
Aldo Clementi Italian composer. (1925)
Gerhard Croll Austrian musicologist. (1927)
Beverly Sills American soprano and director. (1929)
Franco Bonisolli Italian tenor. (1937)
Maria Slatinaru Romanian soprano. (1938)
Elena Souliotis Greek soprano. (1943)
DEATHSPedro Calderón de la Barca Spanish writer and librettist. (1681)
Barbara Gerl Austrian singer and actress. (1806)
Domenico Puccini Italian composer. (1815, 200 years)
Johann Nepomuk Nestroy Austrian playwright, actor and singer. (1862)
Paolo Giorza Italian composer and conductor. (1914)
Léon Vasseur French composer. (1917)
Gustav Holst English composer. (1934)
Ján Levoslav Bella Slovak composer. (1936)
Rosa Ponselle American soprano. (1981)
Adelaide Saraceni Argentine soprano. (1995)
PREMIERESAmadigi di Gaula George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 25 May 1715. (300 years).
Il Geloso in cimento Pasquale Anfossi; Vienna, Burgtheater, 25 May 1774.
HMS Pinafore Arthur Sullivan; London, Opera Comique, 25 May 1878.
Ukroshcheniye stroptivoy Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin; Kuybïshev, Opera and Ballet Theatre, 25 May 1957.
The Merchant of Venice Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Firenze, Teatro Comunale, 25 May 1961; in original English version, Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium, 13 April 1966.
Samstag aus Licht Karlheinz Stockhausen; Milano, Palazzo dello Sport, 25 May 1984.