Vincenzo Bellini

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Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835) was an Italian opera composer. A native of Catania, Sicily, his greatest works are considered to be I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (1830), La sonnambula (1831), Norma (1831), Beatrice di Tenda (1833), and I puritani (1835).

Known for his long-flowing melodic lines, for which he was named "the Swan of Catania", Bellini was the quintessential composer of bel canto opera; his work has been summed up by the London critic Tim Ashley as:

...also hugely influential, as much admired by other composers as he was by the public. Giuseppe Verdi raved about his "long, long, long melodies such as no one before had written". Richard Wagner, who rarely liked anyone but himself, was spellbound by Bellini's almost uncanny ability to match music with text and psychology. Franz Liszt and Chopin professed themselves fans. Of the 19th-century giants, only Hector Berlioz demurred. Those musicologists who consider Bellini to be merely a melancholic tunesmith are now in the minority.

He died in Puteaux, France at the age of 33, nine months after the premiere of his last opera, I Puritani.

Song Cycles, Symphonies, Collections etc.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi [opera]

I Puritani [opera]

La sonnambula [opera]

Quattro sonetti

Sei Ariette (Six Ariettas)

Tre Ariette (Three Ariettas)

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