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Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35)

Composer

Born in Catania and educated in his native Italy (where he remained for most of his career, though he spent relatively brief periods in Paris and London), Bellini is recognised as one of the foremost exponents of the bel canto (literally 'beautiful singing') style which dominated Italian opera in the mid-nineteenth century and was characterised by long melodic lines and often vocal acrobatics such as trills and coloratura. Unlike the other two leading bel canto composers, Donizetti and Rossini, he wrote no comic operas, concentrating instead on tragic and melodramatic (or at least) serious subject-matter.

Further Reading: Bellini

 Interview, Daniele Rustioni on Bellini's Adelson e Salvini

The young Italian conductor talks to Katherine about recording Bellini's first opera, due for release tomorrow on Opera Rara.

 Favourites, Vincenzo Bellini

Katherine selects some favourite recordings of works by the bel canto composer.

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