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This year sees the centenary of the start of the First World War, Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But there are also significant anniversaries of a host of great composers, musicians and actors. Here are 30 dates in chronological order to put in your diary.
The early classical composer Gluck adopted a radical new approach to opera in the 1760s. Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste are among his masterpieces. He was born 300 years ago on 2 July 1714.
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