On This Day

Events in Music in May 1887

Music History

May 2 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence

  • May 18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down
  • May 25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die