Opera in History

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Events 1 - 100 of 402

  • 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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1816-02-20 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome

  • 1817-01-25 Gioachino Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) premieres in Rome

  • 1818-06-10 Pesaro opera theater opens with Gioachino Rossini's "La gaza ladra"
  • 1821-06-18 Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1823-02-02 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
  • 1823-04-24 Eugene Scribes opera "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris
  • 1824-03-07 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Il Crociati in Egitto" (The Crusader in Egypt) premieres at La Fenice in Venice with famous castrato Giovanni Battista Velluti singing
  • 1824-03-24 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" in St. Petersburg
  • 1825-03-02 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC

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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 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Composer Hector Berlioz
Composer
Hector Berlioz

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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

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

Composer Robert Schumann
Composer
Robert Schumann

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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 374

  • 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)
  • 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 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)
  • 1748-11-23 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1785)
  • 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)
  • 1775-12-16 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)
  • 1784-02-03 John Fane, British politician, diplomat (11th Earl of Westmoreland), and composer (Royal Academy of Music, 1830), born in Piccadilly, London (d. 1859)
  • 1786-09-11 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer, born in Lüneburg, 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)
  • 1791-09-05 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 composer of opera (Saffo), 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestGiuseppe Verdi

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

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
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Giuseppe Verdi
  • 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)
  • 1831-02-26 Filippo Marchetti, Italian opera composer, born in Bolognola, (d. 1902)
  • 1834-08-17 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer and conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata), born in Harelbeke, Flanders (d. 1901)
  • 1837-06-23 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1892)
  • 1839-03-17 Josef Rheinberger, German organist, composer, and educator (Munich Conservatory, 1877-1901), born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein (d. 1901)
  • 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"; mention Ponchielli's "La Gioconda"), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 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 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright and librettist (Puccini's La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, and Tosca), 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
  • 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)

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
  • 1859-11-17 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1933)
  • 1859-12-25 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impressario, and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1860-06-25 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), born in Dieuze, France (d. 1956)
  • 1861-05-19 Dame 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)
  • 1865-11-12 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (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 dramatic tenor (Opera of Leipzig, 1900-14; Tristan und Isolde; Song of the Earth), born in Hergenrath, Rhine Province (now part of Kelmis, Belgium)(d. 1935)
  • 1867-02-21 Otto Hermann Kahn, German-American banker and patron of the arts, organized Metropolitan Opera Company, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 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)
  • 1870-01-12 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian),Czech operatic tenor, born in Rousínov, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1873-02-02 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1873-02-13 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1874-02-20 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • 1876-01-12 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1876-02-22 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, born in Yankton Indian Reservation, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) (d. 1938)
  • 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)
  • 1878-02-21 Fritz Cortolezis, German conductor, opera director, and composer, born in Passau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1879-03-19 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), born in Maihingen, Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1880-02-01 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880-07-02 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1882-08-18 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 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)
  • 1884-06-14 John McCormack, Irish-American operatic and popular tenor ("I Hear You Calling Me"; "It's A Long Way To Tipperary"), born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1945)
  • 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. 1968)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

  • 1846-08-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino 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 276

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1851-01-24 Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian opera composer and conductor (La Vestale), dies at 76
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1887-03-02 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer, and voice teacher, dies at 63
  • 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
  • 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 Gomez, Brazilian opera composer, 1st from New World to be successful in Europe, dies at 60
  • 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

Person of interestJules Massenet

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

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • 1916-03-24 Enrique Granados, Spanish opera composer (Goyescas), drowns while crossing the English Channel in a torpedo attack at 48

Person of interestEnrico Caruso

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

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • 1921-09-27 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1948-01-08 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1948-01-21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, dies at 72
  • 1950-02-19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • 1950-04-03 Kurt Weill, German composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies at 50
  • 1951-11-20 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70
  • 1952-11-25 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), dies at 72
  • 1953-02-26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • 1953-10-30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • 1954-01-27 Paul-Marie Masson, French musicologist (L’Opéra de Rameau), and composer, dies at 71
  • 1954-04-27 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), dies at 53
  • 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
  • 1955-05-31 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impressario, and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), dies at 95
  • 1955-06-11 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • 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
  • 1960-03-04 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • 1960-03-30 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1961-04-21 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), 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
  • 1963-12-18 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), dies at 58
  • 1965-10-26 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • 1966-05-09 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, dies at 56