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23 May
BIRTHS * Andrea 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)

DEATHS * Wilhelm 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)

PREMIERES Dido, 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.
 

24 May
BIRTHS * Ferdinand 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)

DEATHS * Friedrich 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)

PREMIERES Hans 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.
 

25 May
BIRTHS * Edward 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)

DEATHS * Pedro 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)

PREMIERES Amadigi 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.