Bellini - the Sicilian 19th century composer. Together with Rossini and
Donizetti, he was one of the main proponents of 'Bel Canto' opera.
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.
Died: Paris, 23 September 1836 (age 34) Cause: dysentery.
Grave: Catania Church, Catania, Sicily.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Beatrice di Tenda
- 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
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:
- A site in Italian
- Teatro Bellini, Catania
- More Italian composers here at