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Lehar, Franz

Born: 1870 AD
Died: 1948 AD
Nationality: Austrian
Categories: Composers, Conductors

1870 – Born on April 30th in Komárom, Austria-Hungary (now Komárno, Slovakia).  Hungarian composer of operettas who achieved worldwide success with Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow).

1890 – He studied at the Prague Conservatory. Encouraged by Antonín Dvorák to follow a musical career, Lehár traveled in Austria as a bandmaster.

1896 – He produced his operetta Kukuschka.

1947 – He conducted the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

1948 – Died on October 24th in Bad Ischl, Austria.