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Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti (Composer)

Born: 29th November 1797, Bergamo

Died: 8th April 1848, Bergamo

Nationality: Italian

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti was an Italian composer, best known for his almost 70 operas. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, he was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century and a probable influence on other composers such as Giuseppe Verdi. Donizetti was born in Bergamo in Lombardy. At an early age he was taken up by Simon Mayr who enrolled him with a full scholarship in a school which he had set up. There he received detailed musical training.

Further Reading: Donizetti

 Interview, Della Jones on Opera Rara

The veteran Welsh mezzo talks to Katherine about her career and her relationship with the label, which began in the late 1970s with a recording of Donizetti's Ugo, conte di Parigi.

 Recording of the Week, Donizetti's Il Paria from Opera Rara

Sir Mark Elder conducts a scintillating account of Donizetti's 1829 opera about religious persecution in sixteenth-century India, starring Albina Shagimuratova, René Barbera, and Misha Kiria.

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