Opera in History

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Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 448

  • 1600-12-20 Ottario Rinuccini and Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published
  • 1607-02-24 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "L'Orfeo" 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

Music Premiere

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

Music History

1713-05-17 Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's first opera "Ottone in villa" opens at Teatro delle Grazie in Vicenza, Republic of Venice (now Italy)

Music Premiere

1762-02-02 Thomas Arne's opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London

  • 1762-10-05 Opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck is first produced in Vienna in front of Empress Maria Theresa.

Music Premiere

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

  • 1767-12-16 Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premieres
  • 1770-01-01 Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"

Music History

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

  • 1774-04-19 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris
  • 1775-04-23 Opera "Il Ré Pastore" (The Shepherd King) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is first produced in Salzburg
  • 1778-01-27 Niccolò Piccinni's tragic opera "Roland" premieres at Théâtre du Palais-Royale in Paris, France
  • 1781-01-29 Wolfgang Mozart's dramatic opera "Idomeneo" premieres at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, Germany
  • 1782-07-16 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" premieres in Vienna with Mozart conducting
  • 1786-05-01 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing
  • 1787-06-08 "Tarare" an opera by Antonio Salieri premieres at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris
  • 1787-10-29 Opera "Don Giovanni", music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte premieres at the National Theater of Bohemia in Prague
  • 1790-01-26 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria
  • 1791-09-06 Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague
  • 1791-09-30 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute", with German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, premieres at Schikaneder's Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria
  • 1792-02-07 Domenico Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto" premieres in Vienna
  • 1794-03-03 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's 101st Symphony in D 9"The Clock") at the HAnover Rooms, in London, England
  • 1797-03-13 Luigi Cherubini's opéra-comique "Médée" premieres at the Théâtre Feydeau in Paris, France

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1810-09-16 Carl Maria von Weber's opera "Silvana", starring his future wife Carone Brandt in the title role, premieres at the Nationaltheater in Frankfurt, Confederation of the Rhine (now Germany)

Music Premiere

1816-02-20 Gioachino Rossini's comic opera "Barber of Seville" premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy

Music Premiere

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

  • 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 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Le Comte Ory" premieres in Paris
  • 1829-08-03 Gioachino Rossini's last and greatest opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) premieres at Salle Le Peletier 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 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy
  • 1830-12-26 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831-03-06 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" premieres at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy
  • 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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

1833-12-26 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres at La Scala Teatro in Milan, Italy

  • 1835-01-25 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani" premieres in Paris
  • 1835-09-26 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (now Italy)
  • 1836-02-29 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris
  • 1836-05-22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Düsseldorf, Germany

Music Premiere

1838-09-10 Hector Berlioz's opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris

Music Premiere

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

  • 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

Music Premiere

1841-03-31 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B

Music Premiere

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


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 505

  • 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), baptized in Cremona, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1582-05-01 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1587-02-26 Stefano Landi, Italian opera composer (Il Sant'Alessio), and teacher, born in Rome, Papel States (now Italy) (d. 1639)
  • 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)
  • 1700-03-22 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 1706-10-18 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), born on Burano (d. 1785)
  • 1727-03-30 Tommaso Traetta, Italian opera composer and band leader (Farnace), born in Bitonto, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1779)
  • 1728-12-09 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, born in Massa, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1804)
  • 1729-10-17 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, French opera composer (La belle Arsène), born in Fauquembergues, France (d. 1817)
  • 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)
  • 1734-12-18 Jean-Baptiste Rey, French conductor (Paris Opera) and composer, born in Lauzerte, France (d. 1810)
  • 1741-02-08 André Grétry, French opera composer, born in Prince-Bishopric of Liège (now Belgium) (d. 1813)
  • 1746-02-27 Gian Francesco Fortunati, Italian opera composer and maestro di cappella of Parma, born in Parma, Duchy of Parma (now Italy) (d. 1821)
  • 1748-11-23 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1785)
  • 1751-04-03 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French opera composer, born in Eymet, France (d. 1796)
  • 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)
  • 1774-11-14 Gaspare Spontini, Italian opera composer and conductor (La Vestale), born in Maiolati, Papal State (now Maiolati Spontini, Italy) (d. 1851)
  • 1775-01-21 Manuel Garcia, Spanish opera singer and composer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1832)
  • 1775-12-16 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, French opera composer known as "the French Mozart", porn in Rouen, France (d. 1834)
  • 1782-01-29 Daniel François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), born in Caen, Normandy, France (d. 1871)
  • 1786-09-11 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer (Elves Hall), born in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony (now Germany) (d. 1832)
  • 1787-11-17 Michele Carafa, Italian opera composer (Le nozze di Lammermoor), born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1872)
  • 1790-03-15 Nicola Vaccai, Italian opera composer, born in Tolentino, (d. 1848)
  • 1791-01-28 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, born in Paris (d. 1833)
  • 1791-09-05 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), 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 opera composer (Saffo), and educator, born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1867)
  • 1797-11-29 Domenico Gaetano Donizetti, Italian opera composer (L'elisir d'amore; Lucia di Lammermoor), born in Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic (d. 1848)
  • 1801-11-03 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1835)
  • 1803-11-29 Gottfried Semper, German architect (Semper Opera house), born in Altona (d. 1879)
  • 1804-01-12 Hippolyte Monpou, French organist and opera composer, born in Paris (d. 1841)
  • 1804-11-27 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1806-01-03 (Gertrude) "Henriette" Sontag, later Countess Rossi, German operatic soprano (Carl Maria von Weber's "Euryanthe"), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1854)
  • 1808-03-24 Maria Malibran (née Garcia) Spanish operatic contralto and soprano, born in Paris, (d. 1836)
  • 1810-01-05 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1889)
  • 1811-08-05 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, in Metz, France (d. 1896)
  • 1813-07-28 Alberto Mazzucato, Italian opera composer, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1877)

Giuseppe Verdi

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

  • 1814-02-21 Nicolo Gabrielli, Italian opera composer, born in Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (d. 1891)
  • 1816-07-24 Józef Michał Poniatowski, Poilsh-Italian operatic tenor and composer (d. 1873)
  • 1817-03-24 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), born in Montpellier, Hérault, France (d. 1871)
  • 1818-06-17 Charles Gounod, French opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France (d. 1893)
  • 1823-08-03 Francisco Barbieri, Spanish zarzuela opera composer (El Diablo en El Poder), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1894)
  • 1823-08-26 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer and voice teacher, born in Warsaw (d. 1887)
  • 1823-12-01 Ernest Reyer, French opera composer, born in Marseilles, France (d. 1909)
  • 1824-07-28 Jacopo Foroni, Italian opera composer (I gladiatori; Advokathen Panthelin), and conductor, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1858)
  • 1825-03-05 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, born in Hoffnungsthal bei Olmütz, Moravia (d. 1899)
  • 1830-06-02 Olivier Métra, French composer of balletss, light opera, and popular waltzes (Esperance!), and conductor, born in Reims, France (d. 1889)
  • 1831-02-26 Filippo Marchetti, Italian opera composer, born in Bolognola, Papal States (now Italy)(d. 1902)
  • 1832-10-22 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), born in Poznań, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1885)
  • 1834-08-17 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer and conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata), born in Harelbeke, Flanders (d. 1901)
  • 1835-10-07 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1836-07-11 Antônio Carlos Gomes, Brazilian opera composer, first from outside of Europe have a successful career in Italy, born in Campinas, São Paulo, Empire of Brazil (d. 1896)
  • 1837-06-23 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1892)
  • 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
  • 1842-02-24 Arrigo Boito, Itlaian opera composer (Mefistofele), and librettist (Verdi's "Falstaff"; Ponchielli's "La Gioconda"), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1918)
  • 1842-05-13 Arthur Sullivan, British composer (The Golden Legend; Onward, Christian Soldiers), major-generally remembered for his comic operas with W.S. Gilbert (The Pirates of Penzance:, H.M.S Pinafore; The Mikado), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1843-02-19 Adelina Patti, Italian opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1919)
  • 1843-05-29 Émile Pessard, French pianist, concert and comic opera composer, and teacher (Maurice Ravel, Jacques Ibert), born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 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)
  • 1845-07-06 Ángela Peralta, Mexican operatic soprano, harpist, pianist, and composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1883)
  • 1845-12-25 Salvatore Auteri-Manzocchi, Italian opera composer (Graziella), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1924)
  • 1846-05-08 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • 1847-10-21 Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright, poet, and librettist (Puccini's "La bohème", "Tosca", and "Madama Butterfly"), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • 1847-11-01 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Chambly, United Province of Canada (d. 1930)
  • 1848-11-24 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer
  • 1849-08-18 Benjamin Godard, French violinist, orchestral and opera composer (Symphonie légendaire; Jocelyn), born in Paris, France (d. 1895)
  • 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)
  • 1855-01-26 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1922)
  • 1855-07-19 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor (Boston Symphony; New York Philharmonic; Pittsburgh Symphony; Berlin State Opera), born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • 1857-03-03 Alfred Bruneau, French cellist, and composer, chiefly of opera (Le Rêve; Messidor), born in Paris, France (d. 1934)
  • 1858-09-29 Leopoldo Mugnone, Italian opera composer and conductor, born in Naples (d. 1941)

Giacomo Puccini

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

  • 1859-04-03 Reginald De Koven, American operetta and popular song composer (Oh Promise Me), born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1920)
  • 1859-11-17 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1933)
  • 1859-12-25 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impresario and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1860-01-07 Emanuil Manolov, Bulgarian composer (Siromahkinia - 1st Bulgarian opera) (d. 1902)
  • 1860-06-25 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), born in Dieuze, France (d. 1956)
  • 1861-05-12 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1921)

Nellie Melba

1861-05-19 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian operatic soprano, and face of the Australian 100 dollar note, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 1931)

  • 1865-01-03 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1865-07-29 Nicola Spinelli, Italian opera composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1865-11-12 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (d. 1939)
  • 1866-03-10 Amanda Aldridge, British opera singer, pianist, teacher, and composer of parlour songs and light orchestral pieces music, born in Upper Norwood, London, England (d. 1956)

Weddings in Music

Gioachino Rossini

1822-03-16 Italian opera composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini weds 1st wife, opera singer Isabella Colbran, in Bologna

  • 1846-08-16 Italian "The Barber of Seville" opera composer Gioachino Rossini (54) marries 2nd wife, French model Olympe Pélissier (47) in Paris, France

Leontyne Price

1952-08-31 American operatic soprano Leontyne Price (25) weds American concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32); divorce in 1973

  • 1987-01-09 Opera impresario Sir Rudolf Bing (85) weds Carroll Douglass (45); annulled in September, 1989

Andrea Bocelli

1992-06-27 Italian pop-opera singer Andrea Bocelli (34) weds Enrica Cenzatti (23-ish); divorce 2002

Luciano Pavarotti

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

  • 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 Pop-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

Maximilian Schell

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

Benedict Cumberbatch

2015-02-14 British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England

  • 2015-08-19 World-famous British pop-opera tenor Russell Watson (48) weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 390

  • 1560-11-07 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Opera omnia), dies at 32
  • 1629-10-02 Pierre the Barulle, French cardinal/founder (French Oratorio), dies
  • 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 Baroque organist, violinist, and opera composer, dies at about 55
  • 1676-01-14 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1723-02-26 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright who helped evolve ballad opera, dies at around 69-70
  • 1732-12-04 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1739-09-12 Reinhard Keiser, German opera conductor and composer, (Almira; Lukas-Passion), dies at 65
  • 1740-01-05 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 1744-01-25 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer, dies at 64
  • 1744-10-31 Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo, Italian opera composer, dies at 50
  • 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
  • 1777-08-23 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer (Nitocri), dies at 77
  • 1779-04-06 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52
  • 1785-01-03 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), dies at 68
  • 1785-05-10 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, dies at 36
  • 1786-10-06 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, dies at 56
  • 1798-08-15 Felice Alessandri, Italian organist, harpsichordist, pianist, and opera composer, dies at 50
  • 1803-09-09 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, French pianist and comic opera composer, dies at 30
  • 1804-11-19 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, dies at 75
  • 1821-12-20 Gian Francesco Fortunati, Italian opera composer and maestro di cappella of Parma, 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
  • 1833-01-19 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • 1834-10-08 François-Adrien Boieldieu, French opera composer (La Dame blanche), dies at 58
  • 1835-09-23 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), dies at 33
  • 1836-09-23 María Malibran (née García) Spanish operatic contralto and soprano, dies from head injuries several months after falling from a horse at 28
  • 1847-12-29 William Crotch, British child prodigy organist, composer (Palestine Oratorio), and educator (Royal Academy), dies at 72
  • 1851-01-24 Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian opera composer and conductor (La Vestale), dies at 76
  • 1853-10-30 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (Triple Oratorio:, Putifar-Giuseppe-Giacobbe), dies at 66
  • 1854-06-17 (Gertrude) "Henriette" Sontag, later Countess Rossi, German operatic soprano (Carl Maria von Weber's "Euryanthe"), dies at 48
  • 1858-09-08 Jacopo Foroni, Italian opera composer (I gladiatori; Advokathen Panthelin), and conductor, dies during cholera epidemic at 34
  • 1861-12-14 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, dies at 66
  • 1864-05-02 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), dies at 72
  • 1867-12-06 Giovanni Pacini, Italian opera composer (Saffo), and educator, dies at 71
  • 1869-06-15 Albert Grisar, Belgian comic opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1871-05-12 Daniel François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), dies at 89
  • 1871-05-26 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), dies at 54
  • 1872-07-26 Michele Carafa, Italian-French opera composer, and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1840-58), dies at 84
  • 1882-06-24 Joseph Joachim Raff, German opera composer (Cavatine), dies at 60
  • 1883-08-30 Ángela Peralta, Mexican operatic soprano, harpist, pianist, and composer, dies of yellow fever at 38
  • 1885-02-15 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), dies at 52
  • 1885-06-05 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • 1887-03-02 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer, and voice teacher, dies at 63
  • 1889-07-04 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, dies at 79
  • 1889-10-22 Olivier Métra, French composer of balletss, light opera, and popular waltzes (Esperance!), and conductor, dies at 59
  • 1891-06-14 Nicolò Gabrielli, Italian opera composer, dies at 77
  • 1892-05-06 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, dies at 54
  • 1893-08-07 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, dies at 39
  • 1894-02-17 Francisco Barbieri Spanish zarzuela opera composer (El Diablo en el poder), dies at 70
  • 1895-01-10 Benjamin Godard, French violinist, orchestral and opera composer (Symphonie légendaire; Jocelyn), dies at 45
  • 1896-02-12 Ambrose Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, dies at 84
  • 1896-04-30 Antonio Cagnoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 68
  • 1896-09-16 Antônio Carlos Gomes, Brazilian opera composer, first from outside of Europe have a successful career in Italy, dies at 60
  • 1899-04-17 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, dies at 74
  • 1900-11-22 Arthur Sullivan, British composer (The Golden Legend; Onward, Christian Soldiers), major-generally remembered for his comic operas with W.S. Gilbert (The Pirates of Penzance:, H.M.S Pinafore; The Mikado), dies of heart failure at 58
  • 1901-01-16 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1901-04-03 Richard D'Oyly Carte, British opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • 1902-01-18 Filippo Marchetti, Italian opera composer, dies at 70
  • 1906-09-01 Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright, poet, and librettist (Puccini's "La bohème", "Tosca", and "Madama Butterfly"), dies at 58
  • 1908-11-08 Victorien Sardou, French playwright, several of which were adapted as operas (Fedora, Tosca; 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

Jules Massenet

1912-08-13 Jules Massenet, French opera composer (Werther; Manon), dies of abdominal cancer at 70

  • 1913-02-26 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), dies from a stroke at 77
  • 1916-03-24 Enrique Granados, Spanish concert pianist, and composer (Goyescas), drowns crossing the English Channel when his ferry is sunk by a German torpedo attack at 48
  • 1917-02-10 Émile Pessard, French pianist, concert and comic opera composer, and teacher (Maurice Ravel, Jacques Ibert) dies at 73
  • 1918-05-24 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor, dies at 50

Enrico Caruso

1921-08-02 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), dies of pleurisy at 48

  • 1921-09-27 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1921-11-29 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), dies at 60
  • 1922-03-10 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, dies at 67
  • 1922-06-06 Lillian Russell, American actress and operetta singer, dies at about 60
  • 1923-07-14 Louis Ganne, French conductor and operetta composer (Les saltimbanques (The Acrobats)), dies at 61
  • 1924-02-21 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1924-04-15 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1924-09-25 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian), Czech operatic tenor, dies at 54

Giacomo Puccini

1924-11-29 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème; Tosca; Madame Butterfly), dies in Brussels at 65

  • 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

Nellie Melba

1931-02-23 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian operatic soprano, dies at 69

  • 1932-06-07 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor (Boston Symphony; New York Philharmonic; Pittsburgh Symphony; Berlin State Opera), dies at 76
  • 1933-07-29 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1934-03-13 Fritz Cortolezis, German conductor, opera director, and composer, dies at 56
  • 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, Dutch dramatic tenor (Opera of Leipzig, 1900-14; Tristan und Isolde; 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
  • 1938-01-26 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, dies at 61
  • 1938-04-12 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), dies at 65
  • 1939-06-18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • 1939-08-03 August Enna, Danish opera composer (The Witch; Kleopatra), dies at 80
  • 1940-01-24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 1940-09-30 Walter Kollo, German operetta and popular song composer, dies at 62