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28 April
BIRTHS * Pier Jacopo Martello Italian poet and writer on opera. (1665) * Claude Gillot French painter and designer. (1673) * Paul Ignaz Kürzinger Bavarian composer. (1750) * Nicola De Pirro Italian administrator. (1898) * Frans Vroons Dutch tenor. (1911) * Maria Tauberová Czech soprano. (1911) * Nan Merriman American mezzo-soprano. (1920) * Francis Burt English composer and teacher. (1926) * Giulia Barrera De Curtis American soprano. (1942) * Jeffrey Tate English conductor. (1943) * Nicola LeFanu English composer. (1947) * Gerald Barry Irish composer. (1952)

DEATHS * Thomas Betterton English actor, manager and director. (1710) * Pietro Mingotti Italian impresario. (1759) * François Giroust French composer. (1799) * Samuel Gottlieb Bürde German writer. (1831) * Ludwig Tieck German poet and dramatist. (1853) * Sir Alexander Mackenzie Scottish composer and conductor. (1935) * Luisa Tetrazzini Italian soprano. (1940) * John O'Sullivan Irish tenor. (1955) * Parashkev Hadjiev Bulgarian composer. (1992) * Olivier Messiaen French composer. (1992)

PREMIERES L'africaine Giacomo Meyerbeer; Paris, Opéra, 28 April 1865. Muzïka dlya zhivïkh Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli; Tbilisi, Paliashvili Theatre of Opera and Ballet, 28 April 1984.
 

29 April
BIRTHS * Matthäus Stegmayer Austrian composer, dramatist and singer. (1771) * Anna Gottlieb Austrian singer. (1774) * Auguste Barbier French poet. (1805) * Carl Millöcker Austrian composer. (1842) * Alfred G Robyn American composer. (1860) * Vittorio Mario Vanzo Italian conductor and composer. (1862) * Thomas Beecham English conductor. (1879) * Malcolm Sargent English conductor. (1895) * Jacques Wolfe American composer. (1896) * Peter Sculthorpe Australian composer. (1929) * Darijan Božič Slovene composer. (1933) * Zubin Mehta Indian conductor. (1936) * Harald Stamm German bass. (1938) * Gino Quilico Canadian baritone. (1955)

DEATHS * Antonio Jolli Joli Italian stage designer. (1777) * Margarete Schick German singer. (1809) * MIchael Costa English conductor and composer. (1884) * František Bedřich Kott Czech composer. (1884) * Manfred Gurlitt German composer and conductor. (1973) * Clive Douglas Australian composer. (1977) * James McCracken American tenor. (1988) * Stephen Oliver English composer. (1992)

PREMIERES Die Hochzeit des Camacho Felix Mendelssohn; Berlin, Schauspielhaus, 29 April 1827. The Gambler Sergey Prokofiev; Brussels, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, 29 April 1929.
 

30 April
BIRTHS * Stanislav Suda Czech composer. (1865) * Franz Lehár Austro-Hungarian composer and conductor. (1870) * Acario Cotapos Chilean composer. (1889) * Alda Noni Italian soprano. (1916) * Tony Harrison English librettist and translator. (1937)

DEATHS * Henry R Bishop English composer. (1855) * Carl Rosa German impresario. (1889) * Antonio Cagnoni Italian composer. (1896) * Charles Radoux-Rogier Belgian composer. (1952) * Armand Marsick Belgian composer. (1959) * Giorgio Polacco Italian conductor. (1960) * Clive Carey English baritone. (1968) * Edvard Fliflet Braein Norwegian composer. (1976)

PREMIERES Tolomeo George Frideric Handel; London, King's Theatre, 30 April 1728. Der Rauchfangkehrer Antonio Salieri; Vienna, Burgtheater, 30 April 1781. Lodoletta Pietro Mascagni; Rome, Costanzi, 30 April 1917. (100 years). Perséphone Igor Stravinsky; Paris, Opéra, 30 April 1934. Maître Pathelin Rainer Kunad; Dresden, Staatsoper, 30 April 1969. A Full Moon in March John Harbison; Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sanders Theater, 30 April 1979.