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Vincenzo BELLINI 
3 November 1801 - 23 September 1835 (age 33)

Bellini - the Sicilian 19th century composer. Together with Rossini and Donizetti, he was one of the main proponents of 'Bel Canto' opera.

Family

Works

Travels and career

Links

Portrait of Vincenzo Bellini

Family

Born: Catania, Sicily 3 November 1801 Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco
Father: Don Rosario Bellini- organist
Grandfather: taught him composition
Siblings: eldest of seven children
Partners: liaisons with various ladies, but unmarried.
Children: none
Died: Paris, 23 September 1836 (age 34) Cause: dysentery.
Grave: Catania Church, Catania, Sicily.


Works

10 Operas
including:

 Norma
 La Straniera
 I Capuleti e i Montecchi
 La Sonnambula
 Il Pirata
 Beatrice di Tenda
 I Puritani

Sacred Music:
- a Mass, Magnificat, various hymns and motets
+ various other works


Norma - 'Casta diva'
sung by Renée Fleming


I Puritani - A te, o cara - Juan Diego Flórez


Travels and career

  • Age 3 - Father began teaching him to play the piano.
  • Age 6 - began studying composition with grandfather Vincenzo.
  • Age 18 - Went to Naples to the Conservatory.
  • Age 26 - ' Il Pirata' premiered at La Scala, Milan.
  • Age 26-32 - Lived mostly in Milan
  • Age 30 - Two of his best known operas staged: 'La Sonnambula' and 'Norma'
  • Age 32 - Summer of 1833 in London directing 4 of his operas, at the King's Theatre and at Drury Lane.
  • Age 33 - Moved to Paris. Became friends with Rossini, Chopin and other artists and musicians.
    Composed and produced his last opera 'I Puritani' . Decides to live in Paris.
  • Age 34 - Dies in Puteaux, near Paris, at the peak of his career. Cause of death: acute inflamation of large intestine and abscess of the liver.  

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    La Sonnambula - Ah, non credea mirarti..


    I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Romeo & Juliet)


    Bellini Treasures on eBay

    On eBay you will find bargains galore but more interestingly there is a treasure chest of old items. Out of print books, old recordings no longer available, memorabilia and goods no longer sold on the High Street.To see what is currently on offer take a look at:

    Bellini on eBay - what's on now! 


    Links, sources and where to go for more information

    - Answers.com
    www.answers.com/topic/vincenzo-bellini

    - A site in Italian
    www.cataniaperte.com/bellini

    - Teatro Bellini, Catania
    www.teatromassimobellini.it

    - More Italian composers here at
    www.52composers.com/italian-composers.html



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