Opera in History

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Events 1 - 100 of 383

  • 1600-12-20 Ottario Rinuccini and Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published
  • 1607-02-24 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "LOrfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed
  • 1633-02-02 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome
  • 1649-01-05 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)
  • 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 at the Palais-Royal 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 Frideric Handel's 1st opera "Almira" premieres in Hamburg

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1767-05-13 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus", written when he was 11 years old, premieres in Salzburg

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1767-12-16 Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premieres
  • 1770-01-01 Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"

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1771-06-02 "Armida", an operatic 'dramma per musica' by Antonio Salieri debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri

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1800-04-02 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C

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1825-10-17 1st opera by Franz Liszt, "Don Sanche" premieres in Paris

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 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
  • 1829-08-03 Opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) Gioachino Rossini's last and greatest opera premieres in Paris
  • 1830-01-28 Opera "Fra Diavolo" by Daniel Auber, 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

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1833-01-10 Felix Mendelssohn's cantata "Die erste Walpurgisnacht" premieres in Berlin

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 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
  • 1841-03-31 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B
  • 1842-01-07 Gioacchino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
  • 1842-03-03 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony
  • 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
  • 1843-01-00 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris

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1843-01-02 Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" premieres in Dresden

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 263

  • 1561-08-20 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1563-01-30 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, born in Bruges, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1567-05-15 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo, espro della Beata Vergine), baptised in Cremona, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1582-05-01 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1602-02-14 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, born in Crema, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1676)
  • 1649-02-23 John Blow, English composer, composed 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized date) (d. 1708)
  • 1670-07-18 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1674-01-12 Reinhard Keiser, German opera composer
  • 1679-02-24 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer
  • 1685-06-30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • 1690-02-01 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1768)
  • 1706-10-18 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buffa)
  • 1727-03-30 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)
  • 1728-12-09 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, born in Massa, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1804)
  • 1730-06-14 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence (d. 1786)
  • 1731-03-07 Jean-Louis Laruette, French musician and composer of comic opera, born in Paris, France (d. 1792)
  • 1755-08-31 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, born in Perutz, Bohemia (d. 1822)
  • 1761-08-16 Yevstigney Fomin, Russian opera composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1800)
  • 1762-03-24 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portuguese 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
  • 1786-09-11 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer, born in Lüneburg, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1790-03-15 Nicola Vaccai, Italian opera composer, born in Tolentino, (d. 1848)
  • 1791-09-05 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1864)
  • 1795-08-16 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, born in Zittau, Saxony (d. 1861)
  • 1796-02-17 Giovanni Pacini, Italian composer of opera (Saffo), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1867)
  • 1801-11-03 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1835)
  • 1804-11-27 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1810-01-05 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1889)
  • 1811-08-05 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
  • 1813-07-28 Alberto Mazzucato, Italian opera composer, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1877)

Person of interestGiuseppe Verdi

1813-10-10 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer (Rigoletto, La Traviata), born in Busseto (d. 1901)

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1817-03-24 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), born in Montpellier, Hérault, France (d. 1876)
  • 1818-06-17 Charles Gounod, French opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France (d. 1893)
  • 1823-12-01 Ernest Reyer, French opera composer, born in Marseilles, France (d. 1909)
  • 1834-08-17 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1839-03-17 Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • 1841-04-25 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1908)
  • 1842-02-22 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1842-05-13 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1843-02-19 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1844-05-03 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1845-01-15 Heinrich Vogl, German operatic heldentenor, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1900)
  • 1846-05-08 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • 1847-10-21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
  • 1847-11-01 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Chambly, United Province of Canada (d. 1930)
  • 1848-11-24 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer
  • 1851-01-25 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride, Princess of Herberg), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1854-02-20 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1854-06-19 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1893)
  • 1854-09-01 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), born in Siegburg, Westphalia (d. 1921)

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1860-06-25 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), born in Dieuze, France (d. 1956)
  • 1861-05-19 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • 1865-01-03 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1865-11-12 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), born (d. 1939)
  • 1866-11-07 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 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
  • 1867-03-27 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, born in Hopewell, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1867-07-27 Enrique Granados, Spanish opera composer (Goyescas), born in Lérida, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1868-01-27 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1869-06-06 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1873-02-02 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1874-02-20 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • 1876-03-08 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), born in Posillipo, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1877-04-24 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1877-12-18 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1879-03-19 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Tobias Wunderlich)
  • 1880-02-01 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian opera conductor (La Scala), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880-07-02 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1882-10-24 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, born in Siófok, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1883-12-14 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, born in Smyrna, Greece (d. 1962)
  • 1884-08-02 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, born in Hagby, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • 1884-10-20 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1884-10-30 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), born in Gröbming, Austria-Hungary (d. 1868)
  • 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], Austrian singer (Vienna Opera)
  • 1888-01-10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1891-02-12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1892-05-18 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 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, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • 1896-01-08 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1897-01-22 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • 1897-06-20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1898-01-01 Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • 1898-04-12 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1898-07-24 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1898-10-01 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Gaaden (d. 1968)
  • 1899-09-11 Nelly "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Jenny, Driestuivers Opera), born in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1971)
  • 1899-09-16 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1900-01-30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1900-04-14 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1900-06-22 Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1900-11-04 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), born in Malnate, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1903-01-18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1996)

Weddings in Music

  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-12-13 Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (68) weds Nicoletta Mantovani at Modena Italy's Teatro Comunale

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-08-20 Actor Maximilian Schell (82) weds opera singer Iva Mihanovic (35) in Carinthia, Austria

  • 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

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 187

  • 1560-11-07 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Opera omnia), dies at 32
  • 1633-08-12 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", dies at 71
  • 1641-01-11 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1643-02-25 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1643-11-29 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo,espro della Beata Vergine), dies at 76
  • 1656-07-07 Michelangelo Rossi, Italian opera composer, buried at about 55
  • 1676-01-14 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1732-12-04 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The 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
  • 1786-10-06 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, dies at 56
  • 1804-11-19 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, dies at 75
  • 1822-02-22 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, dies at 66
  • 1832-03-12 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer, dies at 45
  • 1835-09-23 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), dies at 33
  • 1861-12-14 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, dies at 66
  • 1864-05-02 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), dies at 72
  • 1871-05-12 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, dies at 89
  • 1871-05-26 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), dies at 54
  • 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
  • 1885-06-05 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • 1893-08-07 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, dies at 39
  • 1896-04-30 Antonio Cagnoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 68
  • 1900-11-22 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Mikado, Pirates of Penzance), dies at 58
  • 1901-01-16 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1901-04-03 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • 1906-09-02 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1908-11-08 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • 1912-03-15 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1912-05-26 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • 1912-08-13 Jules Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70
  • 1916-03-24 Enrique Granados, Spanish opera composer (Goyescas), drowns at 48
  • 1921-08-02 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), dies at 48
  • 1921-09-27 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1922-06-06 Lillian Russell, American actress and operetta singer, dies at about 60
  • 1924-04-15 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1925-09-16 Leo Fall, Austria operetta composer (That Pink von Stambul), dies at 52
  • 1930-04-03 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 82
  • 1930-08-04 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, dies at 61
  • 1934-06-27 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, dies in air crash at 56
  • 1935-06-06 Jacques Urlus, tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth), dies at 68
  • 1936-03-30 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40
  • 1936-08-15 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), dies at 71
  • 1939-06-18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1946-09-03 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1950-02-19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • 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 at 46
  • 1954-10-27 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • 1955-02-14 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • 1955-07-25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 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 Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, NY Met Opera), dies at 64
  • 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)
  • 1961-09-02 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, dies at 54
  • 1962-04-03 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1963-11-26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), dies at 81
  • 1966-06-12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1966-10-17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1967-01-03 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1967-01-15 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1968-06-14 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51
  • 1968-09-06 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • 1968-10-25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • 1969-02-02 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1969-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1969-12-31 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1970-12-23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • 1971-06-26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1973-04-16 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • 1973-04-20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), dies at 75
  • 1975-01-03 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 1975-09-10 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), dies at 75
  • 1976-02-13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 1976-09-20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1981-05-25 Rosa Ponselle, American 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 Boël, 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
  • 1986-08-13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • 1986-11-13 Rudolf Schock, German opera singer, dies at 71
  • 1986-12-15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1987-06-26 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • 1988-01-29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • 1988-07-22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87