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08 December
BIRTHS * Christina . Queen of Sweden and patron. (1626) * Pierre Joseph Candeille French composer. (1744) * Louis Schindelmeisser German conductor and composer. (1811) * Jean Sibelius Finnish composer. (1865) * Giacomo Setaccioli Italian composer. (1868) * Paul Ladmirault French composer. (1877) * Emil Cooper Russian conductor. (1877) * Rudolf Friml American composer. (1879) * Bohuslav Martinů Czech composer. (1890) * Irene Eisinger German soprano. (1903) * Ernst Hermann Meyer German composer and musicologist. (1905) * Tony Aubin French composer. (1907) * Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg Russian composer. (1919) * Gérard Souzay French baritone. (1920) * Rudolf Komorous Canadian composer. (1931) * Edward Sooter American tenor. (1934) * Yury Marusin Russian tenor. (1947)

DEATHS * Thomas Corneille French playwright and librettist. (1709) * Jean-Baptiste Stuck Italian composer. (1755) * Antonio Mazzoni Italian composer. (1785) * Pietro Morandi Italian composer. (1815) * Bernhard Sekles German composer. (1934) * Frederick Ranalow Irish baritone. (1953) * Edgar Bainton English composer and teacher. (1956) * Vincenzo Davico Italian composer. (1969) * Annelies Kupper German soprano. (1987) * John Alexander American tenor. (1990) * Sándor Szokolay Hungarian composer. (2013)

PREMIERES Le cadi dupé Christoph Willibald Gluck; Vienna, Burgtheater, 8 December 1761. Love in a Village Thomas Augustine Arne; London, Covent Garden, 8 December 1762. Luisa Miller Giuseppe Verdi; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 8 December 1849.
 

09 December
BIRTHS * Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner German composer and conductor. (1791) * George Grossmith English baritone and composer. (1847) * Karel Kovařovic Czech conductor and composer. (1862) * Carlo Zangarini Italian librettist. (1874) * Joaquín Turina Spanish composer. (1882) * Conchita Supervia Spanish mezzo-soprano. (1895) * Arthur Hammond English conductor. (1904) * Elisabeth Schwarzkopf German soprano. (1915) * Gilbert Py French tenor. (1933) * Alan Ridout English composer. (1934) * Christopher Robson Scottish countertenor. (1953)

DEATHS * Giulio Rospigliosi Italian librettist. (1669) * Georg Hann Austrian bass. (1950) * Issay Alexandrovich Dobroven Norwegian conductor. (1953) * Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin Russian composer. (1966, 50 years) * Ludwig Weber Austrian bass. (1974) * Boris Yevgen'yevich Kochno Russian-Ukrainian librettist and dance functionary. (1990) * Ina Souez American soprano. (1992) * Salvatore Allegra Italian composer. (1993)

PREMIERES Floridante George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 9 December 1721. Zhizn' za tsarya Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka; St Petersburg, Bol'shoy Theatre, 27 November/9 December 1836. Ruslan i Lyudmila Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka; St Petersburg, Bol'shoy Theatre, 27 November/9 December 1842. Salome Richard Strauss; Dresden, Hofoper, 9 December 1905. Le racine Sylvano Bussotti; Milano, Piccola Scala, 9 December 1980.
 

10 December
BIRTHS * Christoph Friedrich Bretzner German playwright and librettist. (1748) * Louis-Sébastien Lebrun French composer. (1764) * Errico Petrella Italian composer. (1813) * César Franck French composer. (1822) * Philippe Gille French librettist. (1831) * Gustav Hinrichs American conductor, impresario and composer. (1850) * Srecśko Albini Croatian composer and conductor. (1869) * Noël Eadie Scottish soprano. (1901) * William Plomer South African-born librettist. (1903) * Olivier Messiaen French composer. (1908) * Otakar Kraus British baritone. (1909) * Sesto Bruscantini Italian bass-baritone. (1919) * Dimitar Uzunov Bulgarian tenor. (1922) * Vera Little American mezzo-soprano. (1928) * Michael Rippon English bass-baritone. (1938) * Yury Temirkanov Russian conductor. (1938) * Christian Badea Romanian conductor. (1947) * Julianne Baird American soprano. (1952) * Martine Dupuy French mezzo-soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * John Freeman English tenor/countertenor and composer. (1736) * Jonathan Battishill English composer. (1801) * Benedikt Schack Austrian composer and tenor. (1826) * Federico Ricci Italian composer. (1877) * Mariano Obiols Spanish composer. (1888) * Daoud &Hdotb;usni Egyptian composer. (1937) * Francesco Bartolomeo De Leone American composer. (1948) * Giovanni Inghilleri Italian baritone. (1959) * Mado Robin French soprano. (1960) * Henry Cowell American composer. (1965) * Franco Capuana Italian conductor. (1969) * Cuthbert M Girdlestone English writer on music. (1975) * Dennis Arundell English director and writer. (1988)

PREMIERES Arsace Domenico Natale Sarro; Napoli, Teatro S Bartolomeo, 10 December 1718. Les brigands Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Variétés, 10 December 1869. Christmas Eve Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 28 November/10 December 1895. Véronique André Messager; Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 10 December 1898. La fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini; New York, Metropolitan Opera House, 10 December 1910. La leggenda di Sakùntala Franco Alfano; Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 10 December 1921. Der Singende Teufel Franz Schreker; Berlin, Staatsoper, 10 December 1928. The Whirlpool Eugen Suchoň; Bratislava, Slovak National Opera, 10 December 1949.