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09 February
BIRTHS * Henri-Joseph Rigel German composer. (1741) * Carl Gottfried Theodor Winkler German poet, impresario and journalist. (1775) * Felipe Pedrell Spanish composer. (1841) * Natanael Berg Swedish composer. (1879) * Alban Berg Austrian composer. (1885) * John Warrack English writer on music. (1928) * Miklós Erdélyi Hungarian conductor. (1928) * Franz Crass German bass-baritone. (1928) * Willem Kersters Belgian composer. (1929) * Emil Petrovics Hungarian composer. (1930) * Miro Belamarić Croatian composer and conductor. (1935) * Hildegard Behrens German soprano. (1937) * Okan Demiriş Turkish composer. (1940) * Wolfgang Schöne German baritone. (1940) * Miloš Štědroň Czech composer. (1942) * Ryland Davies Welsh tenor. (1943) * Jay Reise American composer. (1950) * Marilyn Hill Smith English soprano. (1952)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Antonio Vincenzo Aldrovandini Italian composer. (1707) * Franz Anton Hoffmeister Austrian composer. (1812) * Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg German composer. (1944) * Robert Burg Czech baritone. (1946) * Poul Schierbeck Danish composer. (1949) * Ernő Dohnányi Hungarian composer. (1960) * Alexandre Benois Russian stage designer, director and art historian. (1960) * Ulisse Prota-Giurleo Italian musicologist. (1966, 50 years) * Kurt Herbert Adler American conductor and director. (1988) * Ilse Hollweg German soprano. (1990) * Jarmila Novotná Czech soprano. (1994)

PREMIERES Scipione affricano Francesco Cavalli; Venezia, Teatro SS Giovanni e Paolo, 9 February 1664. Der Thurm zu Babel Anton Grigor'yevich Rubinstein; Königsberg [now Kaliningrad], 9 February 1870. Falstaff Giuseppe Verdi; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 9 February 1893. Fierrabras Franz Schubert; Karlsruhe, Grossherzögliches Hoftheater, 9 February 1897.
 

10 February
BIRTHS * Aaron Hill English playwright and manager. (1685) * Pierre de La Garde French composer. (1717) * Franz Adam Veichtner German composer. (1741) * Johann Peter Pixis German composer. (1788) * Marţian Negrea Romanian composer. (1893) * Bertolt Brecht German librettist and playwright. (1898) * Gianna Pederzini Italian mezzo-soprano. (1900) * Leslie Hurry English painter and designer. (1909) * Maria Cebotari Austrian soprano. (1910) * Henry Krips Australian conductor. (1912) * Cesare Siepi Italian bass. (1923) * Rudolf Heinrich German stage designer. (1926) * Leontyne Price American soprano. (1927) * Brian Priestman English conductor. (1927) * Gerhard Rosenfeld German composer. (1931) * Stefan Kunze German musicologist. (1933) * Theodore Antoniou Greek composer. (1935) * Kazuko Hara Japanese composer. (1935) * Conrad Cummings American composer. (1948)

DEATHS * Jean-Paul-Egide Martini French composer. (1816, 200 years) * Cosimo Giotti Italian director and librettist. (1830) * August Bergt German composer. (1837) * Antonio Bazzini Italian composer. (1897) * Angelo Solerti Italian philologist and musicologist. (1907) * Emile Pessard French composer. (1917) * Alfred Bachelet French composer. (1944) * Sergey Eisenstein Soviet film director. (1948) * Armen Tigran Tigranyan Armenian composer. (1950) * Maria Labia Italian soprano. (1953) * Grace Williams Welsh composer. (1977) * Paolo Renosto Italian composer. (1988) * Inga Nielsen Danish soprano. (2008)

PREMIERES Semele George Frideric Handel; London, Covent Garden, 10 February 1744. Der Jahrmarkt Georg Benda; Gotha, Schloss Friedenstein, 10 February 1775. Les contes d'Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 10 February 1881. The Snow Maiden Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov; St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 29 January/10 February 1882. Salammbô Ernest Reyer; Brussels, Théâtre de la Monnaie, 10 February 1890. Jonny spielt auf Ernst Krenek; Leipzig, Neues Theater, 10 February 1927.
 

11 February
BIRTHS * Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle French librettist. (1657) * Eugen Carl German patron. (1728) * Anton Bachschmidt German composer. (1728) * Domenico Bolognese Italian librettist. (1819) * F Zell Austrian librettist and theatre director. (1829) * Peter Heise Danish composer. (1830) * Dimitri Ignat'yevich Arakishvili Georgian composer and ethnomusicologist. (1873) * Fritz Hart English composer and conductor. (1874) * Jean Gilbert German composer and conductor. (1879) * Paul von Klenau Danish composer and conductor. (1883) * August Seider German tenor. (1901) * Robert Weede American baritone. (1903) * Tudor Jarda Romanian composer. (1922) * Alexander Gibson Scottish conductor. (1926) * Michel Sénéchal French tenor. (1927) * Leonard Kastle American composer and director. (1929) * Francesco Pennisi Italian composer. (1934) * Bent Lorentzen Danish composer. (1935) * Catherine Gayer American soprano. (1937) * Edith Mathis Swiss soprano. (1938) * Lenus Carlson American baritone. (1945) * Magdalena Falewicz Polish soprano. (1946) * Jean-Philippe Lafont French bass-baritone. (1951) * Gabriele Fontana Austrian soprano. (1957)

DEATHS * Gottlob Ephraim Heermann German librettist. (1815) * Leopold Eugen Měchura Bohemian composer. (1870) * Gustav Schmidt German conductor and composer. (1882) * Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni Danish composer. (1892) * Pascual Emilio Arrieta Spanish composer. (1894) * Rafael Calleja Spanish composer. (1938) * Franz Schmidt Austrian composer. (1939) * Giovanni Zenatello Italian tenor. (1949) * Emil Ábrányi Hungarian composer and conductor. (1970) * Georges Wakhévitch Russian stage, costume and film designer. (1984)

PREMIERES L'Olimpiade Niccolò Jommelli; Stuttgart, Herzogliches Theater, 11 February 1761. Vologeso Niccolò Jommelli; Ludwigsburg, Schlosstheater, 11 February 1766. (250 years). Fetonte Niccolò Jommelli; Ludwigsburg, Schlosstheater, 11 February 1768. La fille du régiment Gaetano Donizetti; Opéra-Comique, 11 February 1840. I lombardi alla prima crociata Giuseppe Verdi; Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 11 February 1843. Voyevoda Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Moscow, Bol'shoy Theatre, 30 January/11 February 1869. Asrael Alberto Franchetti; Reggio Emilia, Teatro Municipale, 11 February 1888. The Tenor Hugo Weisgall; Baltimore, md, Peabody Opera Company, 11 February 1952.