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19 November
BIRTHS * Joseph Leopold Auenbrugger Austrian librettist. (1722) * Stanislas Champein French composer. (1753) * Wilhelm Mangold German violinist and composer. (1796) * Vicente Lleó Spanish composer. (1870) * Giovacchino Forzano Italian playwright, librettist and director. (1884) * Luigi Cortese Italian composer. (1899) * Daniel-Lesur French composer. (1908) * David Lloyd-Jones English conductor, editor and translator. (1934) * Agnes Baltsa Greek mezzo-soprano. (1944)

DEATHS * Wolfgang Carl Briegel German composer. (1712) * Bernard de Bury French composer. (1795) * Thomas Linley English composer. (1795) * Franz Schubert Austrian composer. (1828) * Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson French theatre manager, playwright and librettist. (1859) * Edmond Gondinet French playwright and librettist. (1888) * Amy Castles Australian soprano. (1951) * Josef Herrmann German baritone. (1955) * Emil Cooper Russian conductor. (1960) * Eidé Norena Norwegian soprano. (1968) * Andreas Nezeritis Greek composer. (1980) * Clara Petrella Italian soprano. (1987)

PREMIERES Dardanus Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 19 November 1739. Acante et Céphise Jean-Philippe Rameau; Paris, Opéra, 19 November 1751. L'ultimo giorno di Pompei Giovanni Pacini; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 19 November 1825. L'assedio di Calais Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro S Carlo, 19 November 1836. Geneviève de Brabant Jacques Offenbach; Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 19 November 1859. The Aspern Papers Dominick Argento; Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park, 19 November 1988.
 

20 November
BIRTHS * Friedrich Heinrich Himmel German composer. (1765) * Arthur Goring Thomas English composer. (1850) * Margaret Sutherland Australian composer. (1897) * T J Walsh Irish writer on opera. (1911) * Tibor Frešo Slovak composer and conductor. (1918) * Armin Schibler Swiss composer. (1920) * René Kollo German tenor. (1937) * Barbara Hendricks American soprano. (1948) * Vinson Cole American tenor. (1950) * Carolyn Abbate American musicologist. (1955)

DEATHS * Giuseppe Fabbrini Italian composer. (1708) * Mattia Verazi Italian librettist. (1794) * Francesco Lucca Italian publisher. (1872) * Wilhelm Stenhammar Swedish composer. (1927) * Alfred Lorenz German musicologist and conductor. (1939) * Francesco Cilea Italian composer. (1950) * Leslie Hurry English painter and designer. (1978) * Alexander Moyzes Slovak composer. (1984) * James Atherton American tenor and director. (1987)

PREMIERES Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven; Vienna, Theater an der Wien, 20 November 1805. Grisélidis Jules Massenet; Paris, Opéra-Comique, 20 November 1901. The Magic Fountain Frederick Delius; London, BBC Radio, 20 November 1977.
 

21 November
BIRTHS * Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni Italian poet and librettist. (1692) * Voltaire French author and philosopher. (1694) * Alessandro Felici Italian composer. (1742) * Josef Triebensee Bohemian composer. (1772) * Malcolm Williamson Australian composer. (1931) * Julia Hamari Hungarian mezzo-soprano. (1942) * Anne-Marie Rodde French soprano. (1946)

DEATHS * Henry Purcell English composer and organist. (1695) * Pietro Pompeo Sales Italian composer. (1797) * Heinrich von Kleist German writer. (1811) * Gaetano Braga Italian composer. (1907) * Harry Vincent Higgins English administrator. (1928) * Joseph Deighn Redding American composer and librettist. (1932) * Henri Cain French writer and librettist. (1937) * Ivan Vasil'yevich Yershov Russian tenor. (1943) * Karol Rathaus American composer. (1954) * Karel Hába Czech composer. (1972) * Frank Martin Swiss composer. (1974) * Paul Schöffler Austrian bass-baritone. (1977) * Gerhard Hüsch German baritone. (1984)

PREMIERES The Duenna Thomas Linley; London, Covent Garden, 21 November 1775. The Pirates Stephen Storace; London, King's Theatre in the Haymarket, 21 November 1792. Le convenienze teatrali Gaetano Donizetti; Napoli, Teatro Nuovo, 21 November 1827. Robert le diable Giacomo Meyerbeer; Paris, Opéra, 21 November 1831. Feuersnot Richard Strauss; Dresden, Hofoper, 21 November 1901.