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Michael William Balfe (Composer)

Born: 15th May 1808, Dublin, Ireland

Died: 20th October 1870, Ware, England

Nationality: Irish

Michael William Balfe was an Irish composer, best remembered for his operas, especially The Bohemian Girl.

After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed at least 29 operas, almost 250 songs, several cantatas and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts.

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