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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 319

  • 1600-12-20 Ottario Rinuccini/Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published
  • 1607-02-24 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo" premieres in Mantua
  • 1633-02-02 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome
  • 1649-01-05 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice
  • 1668-07-13 Van Marco Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" (the Golden Apple or Tomato) premieres in Vienna
  • 1679-01-31 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres in Paris
  • 1680-12-31 Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens
  • 1686-02-15 Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide," premieres in Paris
  • 1689-12-30 Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea

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1705-01-08 George F Handel's 1st opera "Almira" premieres in Hamburg

  • 1711-02-24 Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London
  • 1723-01-12 Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London
  • 1724-02-20 George Frederick Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" premieres in London
  • 1725-11-11 George Frederick Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres in London
  • 1726-05-05 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris
  • 1728-01-29 John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]
  • 1728-02-28 George F Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London
  • 1728-05-04 George Frederick Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London
  • 1731-02-02 George Frederick Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London
  • 1732-12-07 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.
  • 1734-01-08 Premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • 1735-02-08 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, SC
  • 1735-02-18 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, SC
  • 1738-04-15 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frederic Handel.
  • 1752-10-18 Premiere of Rousseau's opera "Le Devin du Village"
  • 1762-02-02 Thomas Arnes' opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
  • 1762-10-05 Opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna)

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1767-05-13 Mozart's opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus" premieres in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1767-12-16 Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premieres
  • 1770-01-01 Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"
  • 1774-04-19 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris
  • 1775-04-23 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" is produced (Salzburg)
  • 1778-01-27 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres in Paris
  • 1781-01-29 Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premieres, Munich
  • 1782-07-16 Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail," premieres in Vienna
  • 1786-05-01 Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna)
  • 1787-10-29 Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)
  • 1790-01-26 Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna
  • 1791-09-06 Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague
  • 1791-09-30 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute" premieres in Vienna
  • 1792-02-07 D Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto" premieres in Vienna
  • 1792-03-16 King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.
  • 1792-03-29 King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.
  • 1797-03-13 Cherubini's opera "Medée" premieres in Paris
  • 1800-11-24 Weber's opera "Das Waldmadchen" premieres in Freiburg
  • 1805-11-25 Opera "Thaïs" first American performance
  • 1809-09-18 Royal Opera House in London opens
  • 1810-03-18 "Converse", 1st US opera, premieres in NY
  • 1816-02-20 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
  • 1817-01-25 Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
  • 1818-06-10 Pesaro opera theater opens with Rossini's "La gaza ladra"
  • 1820-05-13 Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed
  • 1821-06-18 Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1823-02-02 Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
  • 1823-04-24 Eugene Scribes opera "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris
  • 1824-03-07 Meyerbeers opera "Il Crociati in Egitto" premieres in Venice
  • 1825-03-02 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC
  • 1825-11-29 1st Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC)
  • 1826-04-12 Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London
  • 1828-08-20 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Le Comte Ory" premieres in Paris
  • 1829-08-31 Opera "Guillaume Tell" is produced (Paris)
  • 1830-01-28 Opera "Fra Diavolo" premieres in Paris
  • 1830-03-04 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" premieres in Venice
  • 1830-12-26 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831-03-06 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres in Milan
  • 1831-11-22 Opera "Robert Le Diable" is produced (Paris)
  • 1831-12-26 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
  • 1832-03-12 The ballet La Sylphide first premieres at the Opéra de Paris.
  • 1832-05-12 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan
  • 1833-01-26 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan
  • 1835-01-25 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani" premieres in Paris
  • 1835-09-26 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres in Naples
  • 1836-02-29 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris
  • 1838-09-10 Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris

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1839-11-17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1840-02-11 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • 1840-12-02 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris
  • 1842-01-07 Gioacchino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
  • 1842-03-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan
  • 1842-11-17 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • 1842-12-09 Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres in Petersburg
  • 1843-01-02 Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden
  • 1843-01-04 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris
  • 1843-02-11 Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
  • 1843-11-27 Opera "Bohemian Girl" is produced (London)
  • 1844-03-09 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice
  • 1844-12-30 Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

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1845-10-19 Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser" premieres in Dresden

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 194

  • 1563-01-30 Franciscus Gomarus, [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist/opera singer
  • 1582-05-01 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer
  • 1602-02-14 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer
  • 1649-02-23 John Blow, composer of 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized)
  • 1670-07-18 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian (opera)composer
  • 1679-02-24 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer
  • 1685-06-30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera) (d. 1732)
  • 1690-02-01 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer
  • 1706-10-18 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buffa)
  • 1727-03-30 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)
  • 1734-07-23 Antonio Maria Gasparo Sacchini, opera composer [or Jun 14 1730]
  • 1762-03-24 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portugal, opera composer (Portogallo)
  • 1782-01-29 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo)
  • 1784-02-03 John Fane graaf van Westmorland, English (opera)composer/diplomat
  • 1801-11-03 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma)
  • 1804-11-27 Julius Benedict, Stuttgart Germany, opera composer (Protoghesi)
  • 1811-08-05 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
  • 1818-06-17 Charles Francois Gounod, Paris France, opera composer (Faust)
  • 1834-08-17 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1839-03-17 Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • 1842-02-22 Carl Rosa, Hamburg Germany, founder (Rosa opera company)
  • 1843-02-19 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1844-05-03 Richard D'Oyly Carte, England, opera impresario (Ivanhoe)
  • 1846-05-08 Oscar Hammerstein, Germany, opera/playwright (Kohinoor)
  • 1847-10-21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
  • 1848-11-24 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer
  • 1851-01-25 Jan Blockx, Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)
  • 1854-02-20 Louis F M van Westerhoven, actor/singer/opera director (Youth)
  • 1854-08-12 Johannes P Kelly, Dutch [Kellij], actor/operetta writer
  • 1854-09-01 Engelbert Humperdinck, Germany, opera composer (Parisfal)

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1858-12-22 Giacomo Puccini, Lucca Italy opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), (d. 1924)

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1860-06-25 Gustave Charpentier, French composer (opera Louise)
  • 1861-05-19 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • 1862-01-01 Snitz Edwards, Hungary, actor (College, Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1865-01-03 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (d. 1936)
  • 1865-11-12 Frans L M "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas)
  • 1867-01-09 Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth)
  • 1867-02-21 Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
  • 1868-01-27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera)
  • 1869-06-06 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer/conductor
  • 1870-04-30 Franz Lehar, operetta composer (Naughty Marietta)
  • 1873-02-02 Leopold Fall, Austria, operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1874-02-20 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • 1876-03-08 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Il dottore Antonio)
  • 1877-01-04 Gibson Gowland, England, actor (Blind Husbands, Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1879-03-19 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Tobias Wunderlich)
  • 1882-10-24 Emmerich Kálmán, Siófok, Austria-Hungary, Hungarian composer of operettas
  • 1883-04-01 Lon Chaney, CO, man of 1000 faces, actor (High Noon, Phantom of Opera)
  • 1883-06-20 Jules Verstraete, [Julien G the Graef], actor (Driestuiversopera)
  • 1883-12-14 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer
  • 1884-08-02 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer
  • 1884-10-30 Rudolf Forster, Grobming Austria, actor (Threepenny Opera)
  • 1885-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • 1887-07-29 Sigmund Romberg, Nagykanizsa Hungary, operetta composer (Blossom Time)
  • 1887-10-06 Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Austria, singer (Vienna Opera)
  • 1888-01-10 Emile van Bosch, Dutch revue/operetta-artist (Fair Folks)
  • 1888-05-25 Miles Malleson, writer/actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock)
  • 1894-06-16 Norman Kerry, actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1894-10-22 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • 1895-01-13 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1895-12-09 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (d. 1936)
  • 1896-01-08 Jaromir Weinberger, Prague Czechoslovakia, composer (Bird's Opera)
  • 1897-01-22 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • 1898-01-01 Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • 1898-04-12 Lily Pons, Draguignan France, opera singer/actress (That Girl From Paris) (d. 1976)
  • 1899-09-11 Nelly A "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Driestuivers Opera)
  • 1899-09-16 Hans Swarowsky, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50)
  • 1900-06-22 Jennie Tourel, St Petersburg Russia, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47)
  • 1900-11-04 Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1903-01-18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German/British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)
  • 1903-07-16 Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1904-01-02 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905-04-01 Winfried P I Zillig, German opera composer/conductor (Fantasia Irica)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, Kiev, dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1906-04-09 Antal Dorati, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29
  • 1907-01-17 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1907-01-18 Janos Ferencsik, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Budapest Opera)
  • 1907-09-23 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/pres of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1908-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
  • 1908-07-01 Peter Anders, German opera singer
  • 1909-03-26 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
  • 1910-04-18 Sylvia Fisher, soprano (Albert Herring Opera)
  • 1911-01-22 Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer
  • 1911-03-03 Francesco Siciliani, opera composer
  • 1911-04-01 Gunther Rennert, Essen Germany, opera director/producer
  • 1911-04-28 Frans Vroons, actor/tenor/director (Neth Opera)
  • 1912-07-07 Tiny Alma, [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)
  • 1913-04-16 Constance Shacklock, opera singer
  • 1913-07-10 Ljuba Welitsch, Borisovo, Bulgaria, opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci)
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker, [Reuben Ticker], Tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913-11-22 Benjamin Britten, Lowestoft Suffolk England, composer (Beggar's Opera)
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse France, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)
  • 1914-08-13 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer (d. 1970)
  • 1915-07-27 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini)
  • 1915-09-04 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer
  • 1916-07-17 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1916-10-19 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Sweden, opera composer (Herr von Hancken)
  • 1917-01-05 Wieland Wagner, German opera director

Famous Weddings

  • 1822-03-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 1st wife Opera Singer Isabella Colbran in Bologna
  • 1846-08-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris
  • 1987-01-09 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass
  • 2004-04-29 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
  • 2005-07-21 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • 2009-08-08 International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City
  • 2010-10-10 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota
  • 2015-02-14 Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 111

  • 1560-11-07 Peter S Lotichius, [Peter Lotz], German poet (Opera omnia), dies
  • 1633-08-12 Jacopo Peri, Itallian opera composer, dies at 71
  • 1642-02-24 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at about 66
  • 1643-02-25 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1656-07-07 Michelangelo Rossi, Italian opera composer, buried at about 55
  • 1676-01-14 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian (opera)composer, dies at 73
  • 1676-01-17 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1732-12-04 John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1740-01-05 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 1744-01-25 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer, dies at 64
  • 1747-07-09 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, dies at 76
  • 1752-07-20 John C Pepusch, English composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at about 85
  • 1768-10-31 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1779-04-06 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52
  • 1804-11-19 Pietro Alessandro Guglieli, Italian opera composer, dies at 75
  • 1832-03-12 Daniel Friedrich Kuhlau, German/Danish opera composer, dies at 45
  • 1835-09-23 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (Norma), dies at 33
  • 1862-03-17 Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62
  • 1871-05-12 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, dies at 89
  • 1875-01-03 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buff), dies at 68
  • 1882-06-24 Joseph Joachim Raff, German opera composer (Cavatine), dies at 60
  • 1901-01-16 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1901-04-03 Richard D'Oyly Carte, promotor (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies
  • 1906-09-02 Guiseppe Giacosa, Ital screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1908-11-08 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • 1911-09-18 Russian Premier Peter Stolypin (1906-11), shot and murdered at the Kiev Opera House aged 49
  • 1912-05-26 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • 1912-08-13 Jules EF Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70
  • 1915-04-17 Johannes P Kelly, [Kellij], Dutch actor/operetta writer, dies at 60
  • 1916-03-24 Enrique y Campina Granados, Sp opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48
  • 1921-08-02 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
  • 1921-09-27 Engelbert Humperdinck, Ger opera composer (Schneewittchen), dies at 67
  • 1925-09-16 Leo Fall, Austria operetta composer (That Pink von Stambul), dies at 52
  • 1930-08-04 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer, dies at 61
  • 1935-06-06 Jacques Urlus, tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth), dies at 68
  • 1936-03-30 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (b. 1895)
  • 1937-05-01 Snitz Edwards, actor (Phantom of the Opera, College), dies at 75
  • 1940-01-24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 1946-08-31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1949-09-22 Sam Wood, US communist fighter/director (Night at Opera), dies at 66
  • 1953-02-26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • 1953-10-30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • 1954-05-16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1954-09-10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
  • 1954-10-27 Franco Alfano, Ital (opera)composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • 1956-01-12 Norman Kerry, actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • 1956-02-18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • 1956-03-11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • 1957-05-09 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • 1959-10-07 Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • 1960-03-30 Joseph Haas, German opera composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1960-03-31 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1961-04-21 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • 1961-08-08 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • 1962-04-03 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1966-10-17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1967-01-03 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1967-03-06 Nelson Eddy, US baritone/actor (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1968-06-14 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51
  • 1969-02-02 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1969-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Ital opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1969-10-25 Rudolf Forster, actor (Threepenny Opera, Tonio Kroeger), dies at 84
  • 1969-12-31 Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69
  • 1971-06-26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1975-01-03 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 1976-02-13 Lily Pons, French/US soprano/opera diva (Met Opera), dies at 71
  • 1976-09-20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1976-12-04 Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • 1981-05-25 Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • 1982-05-26 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • 1982-07-10 Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Aust/US, singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies
  • 1982-08-28 Nini de Boel, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • 1982-10-12 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1982-10-16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • 1986-11-13 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operetta singer, dies at 71
  • 1988-01-29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • 1988-07-22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • 1988-08-11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Met Opera Diva, dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1989-06-04 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1992-05-02 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1993-05-07 Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89
  • 1993-11-16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1995-01-05 Francis Lopez, Fren dentist/operetta composer (Andalousie), dies at 78
  • 1995-01-14 Alexander Gibson, Brit conductor/founder (Scottish Opera), dies at 68
  • 1995-03-11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1995-04-30 Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59
  • 1995-06-19 Murray Dickie, opera singer/director, dies at 71
  • 1995-07-16 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83
  • 1996-03-08 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1996-06-19 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director, dies at 78
  • 1996-08-25 Sylvia Fisher, opera Singer, dies at 86
  • 1996-09-02 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 1996-12-17 Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997-01-23 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997-09-02 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 2004-08-15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2005-02-21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)