Opera in History

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  • 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

  • 1800-11-24 Weber's opera "Das Waldmadchen" premieres in Freiburg
  • 1801-04-24 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten"
  • 1803-04-05 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D
  • 1805-11-20 Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", his only opera, premieres in Vienna
  • 1807-03-05 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B
  • 1809-09-18 Royal Opera House in London opens
  • 1816-02-20 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
  • 1817-01-25 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) premieres in Rome
  • 1818-06-10 Pesaro opera theater opens with Gioacchino Rossini's "La gaza ladra"
  • 1821-06-18 Opera "Der Freischutz" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1823-02-02 Gioacchino 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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 241

  • 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, composer of 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized)
  • 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) (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)
  • 1730-06-14 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence (d. 1786) [or Jul 23 1734]
  • 1734-07-23 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence (d. 1786) [or Jun 14 1730]
  • 1755-08-31 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, born in Perutz, Bohemia (d. 1822)
  • 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)
  • 1791-09-05 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1864)
  • 1801-11-03 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma)
  • 1804-11-27 Julius Benedict, opera composer (Protoghesi), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1811-08-05 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)

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
  • 1818-06-17 Charles Francois Gounod, opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1848-11-24 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer
  • 1851-01-25 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)
  • 1854-02-20 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 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)
  • 1868-01-01 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 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)
  • 1870-04-30 Franz Lehar, operetta composer (Naughty Marietta)
  • 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)
  • 1877-01-04 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), born in Spennymoor, Durham, England (d. 1877)
  • 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)
  • 1882-10-24 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, born in Siófok, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1883-04-01 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • 1883-12-14 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer
  • 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, Dutch revue/operetta-artist (Fair Folks)
  • 1888-05-25 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • 1891-02-12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1894-06-16 Norman Kerry, American actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1956)
  • 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, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 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, 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, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1900-01-30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and 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, landscape painter (opera stars)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1902-07-16 Mary Philbin, American actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1903-01-18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German/British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)
  • 1904-01-02 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American 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, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1906-07-28 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, born in Ölbronn-Dürrn (d. 1994)
  • 1907-01-17 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1907-01-18 Janos Ferencsik, conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary

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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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 169

  • 1560-11-07 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Opera omnia), dies at
  • 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 (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 Guglieli, 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 (Norma), dies at 33
  • 1862-03-17 Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1908-02-28 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, dies at 66
  • 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 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, German opera composer (SHänsel und Gretel), 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 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 (b. 1895)
  • 1936-08-15 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), dies at 71
  • 1937-05-01 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1951-09-09 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • 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, 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
  • 1956-01-12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the 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
  • 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
  • 1964-06-20 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 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
  • 1967-03-06 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 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
  • 1969-03-15 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 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
  • 1971-06-26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1973-04-16 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • 1975-01-03 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1986-08-13 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
  • 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
  • 1988-11-13 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29), dies at 82
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), 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