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Vincenzo Bellini
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1801-11-03
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Biography

Sicily’s most famous composer was born in Catania on 3 November 1801 to a family of professional musicians. He was something of a prodigy, composing already in his pre-teens. In 1819 he was sent to the Naples Conservatoire where, in ...

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Sicily’s most famous composer was born in Catania on 3 November 1801 to a family of professional musicians. He was something of a prodigy, composing already in his pre-teens. In 1819 he was sent to the Naples Conservatoire where, in addition to conventional academic exercises and study of Mozart and Haydn, he was encouraged by his mentor Niccolò Zingarelli to immerse himself in the folk music of Sicily and develop his characteristic song style. Zingarelli proudly followed his star pupil’s career; Norma was dedicated to him.

Bellini’s first opera, Adelson e Salvini, was written for the Conservatoire in 1825 and its success led to the San Carlo management commissioning his next, Bianca e Fernando, premiered the following year (when it was renamed Bianca e Gernando out of respect for the late King Ferdinando).This in turn led to a commission from La Scala, Milan, for Il pirata (1827), another signal success, and one that spread his fame abroad. Thereafter Bellini led a charmed life as a composer, working only to commission, seldom hurrying (unlike Donizetti) and commanding generous fees. As a person he was liked by contemporaries for his charm, but he was also quick to take offence, jealous of such potential rivals as Donizetti, and a somewhat calculating womaniser.

The librettist of Il pirata was Felice Romani, who became a lifelong collaborator, supplying the texts for La straniera (Milan, 1829), Zaira (Parma, also 1829), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Venice, 1830), La sonnambula (Milan, 1831) and Norma (Milan, also 1831). The two fell out over Beatrice di Tenda (Venice, 1833), one of Bellini’s rare – at the time – failures, but the composer’s view of Beatrice as ‘not unworthy of her sisters’ has been proved right. Romani was sorely missed in what was to be Bellini’s last opera, I puritani (Paris, 1835), to a well-meaning but somewhat amateurish libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli. The star tenor in Il pirata was Rubini, with whom Bellini also forged a professional relationship: he had sung in Bianca, and created the tenor roles in Sonnambula and Puritani. Pasta was another star with whom he worked regularly, in Sonnambula, Norma and Beatrice.

The most immediately striking aspect of Bellini’s style is his command of long-breathed melody, much admired by Verdi, and his fusion of melody with text, just as much admired by Wagner, and indeed emulated, not just in Das Liebesverbot but as far ahead as Tristan. But there was more to Bellini than elegiac melos: the full-frontal Romanticism and musical violence of Pirata was enormously influential, and at the time the martial duet ‘Suoni la tromba’ in Puritani appealed to audiences more than Elvira’s Mad Scene. Perhaps most important was his development of very carefully orchestrated accompanied recitative, or arioso, to separate set numbers, which pointed far ahead to through-composed opera.

Given what he had already achieved, Bellini’s early death from gastro-enteritis and liver infection, at the age of only 33, was as tragic a waste as that of Mozart.

Profile © Rodney Milnes, 2004


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Vincenzo Bellini, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Marlis Petersen & Arnold Schönberg Chor
La Straniera Act II
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La Straniera Act II La Straniera Act II La Straniera Act II La Straniera Act II
Vincenzo Bellini, Joyce DiDonato, Orchestra & Choir of L’Opera National de Lyon & Riccardo Minasi
I Capuleti e I Montechi: Tu sola, mia Giulietta
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I Capuleti e I Montechi: Tu sola, mia Giulietta I Capuleti e I Montechi: Tu sola, mia Giulietta I Capuleti e I Montechi: Tu sola, mia Giulietta I Capuleti e I Montechi: Tu sola, mia Giulietta
Vincenzo Bellini & Cecilia Bartoli
Vaga Luna Che Inargenti
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Vaga Luna Che Inargenti Vaga Luna Che Inargenti Vaga Luna Che Inargenti Vaga Luna Che Inargenti
Vincenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Bonynge
Casta Diva from Norma
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Casta Diva from Norma Casta Diva from Norma Casta Diva from Norma Casta Diva from Norma

Casta Diva from Norma

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Joan Sutherland and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Bonynge
Anita Cerquetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentina & Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Norma - Casta diva
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Norma - Casta diva Norma - Casta diva Norma - Casta diva Norma - Casta diva
Vincenzo Bellini, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson & N/A
SUONI LA TROMBA (I PURITANI)
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SUONI LA TROMBA (I PURITANI) SUONI LA TROMBA (I PURITANI) SUONI LA TROMBA (I PURITANI) SUONI LA TROMBA (I PURITANI)
Vincenzo Bellini, Geoffrey Payne, [unknown], Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Michael Halász
Concerto in E flat for oboe (arranged for trumpet)
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Concerto in E flat for oboe (arranged for trumpet) Concerto in E flat for oboe (arranged for trumpet) Concerto in E flat for oboe (arranged for trumpet) Concerto in E flat for oboe (arranged for trumpet)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Maria Callas, Tullio Serafin & Vincenzo Bellini
Casta Diva from Norma
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Casta Diva from Norma Casta Diva from Norma Casta Diva from Norma Casta Diva from Norma
Jahja Ling, Vincenzo Bellini, Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Rolf Smedvig
Oboe concerto in E flat
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Oboe concerto in E flat Oboe concerto in E flat Oboe concerto in E flat Oboe concerto in E flat
Sergejs Jēgers, Andris Veismanis, Vincenzo Bellini & Sinfonietta Riga Chamber Orchestra
Vaga luna che inargenti
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Vaga luna che inargenti Vaga luna che inargenti Vaga luna che inargenti Vaga luna che inargenti
Vincenzo Bellini, Nicholas Daniel & Peterborough String Orchestra
Concertino for oboe
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Concertino for oboe Concertino for oboe Concertino for oboe Concertino for oboe
Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Vincenzo Bellini, Maria Callas & Tullio Serafin
Norma - opera seria in 2 acts: Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno
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Norma - opera seria in 2 acts: Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno Norma - opera seria in 2 acts: Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno Norma - opera seria in 2 acts: Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno Norma - opera seria in 2 acts: Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno
Vincenzo Bellini, Riccardo Minasi, Joyce DiDonato & Orchestre National de Lyon
I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera
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I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera
Vincenzo Bellini, Riccardo Muti, Dennis O'Neill, Montserrat Caballé, Philharmonia Orchestra, Agostino Ferrin, Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Matteo Manuguerra
I Puritani; Act 1 scene 3 (conclusion): 'Ma tu gia mi fuggi'
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I Puritani; Act 1 scene 3 (conclusion): 'Ma tu gia mi fuggi' I Puritani; Act 1 scene 3 (conclusion): 'Ma tu gia mi fuggi' I Puritani; Act 1 scene 3 (conclusion): 'Ma tu gia mi fuggi' I Puritani; Act 1 scene 3 (conclusion): 'Ma tu gia mi fuggi'
Vincenzo Bellini, Maria Callas, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Tullio Serafin
Norma - Casta diva
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Norma - Casta diva Norma - Casta diva Norma - Casta diva Norma - Casta diva
Vincenzo Bellini, Maria Callas & Tullio Serafin
Casta Diva
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Casta Diva Casta Diva Casta Diva Casta Diva
Vincenzo Bellini, Daniel Oren, Nicola Ulivieri, Patrizia Ciofi, Juan Diego Flórez, Gemma Coma-Alabert, Chorus of the Gran Teatro del Liceo, Orchestra of the Gran Teatro del Liceo, Eleonora Buratto, Alex Sanmarti & Jordi Casanova
Act 2 of La Sonnambula
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Act 2 of La Sonnambula Act 2 of La Sonnambula Act 2 of La Sonnambula Act 2 of La Sonnambula
Vincenzo Bellini, Olena Tokar, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Fabien Gabel
I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera :: Act 1 sc.2; Eccomi in lieta vesta... Oh! Quante volte
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I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera :: Act 1 sc.2; Eccomi in lieta vesta... Oh! Quante volte I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera :: Act 1 sc.2; Eccomi in lieta vesta... Oh! Quante volte I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera :: Act 1 sc.2; Eccomi in lieta vesta... Oh! Quante volte I Capuleti ed i Montecchi - opera :: Act 1 sc.2; Eccomi in lieta vesta... Oh! Quante volte
Vincenzo Bellini, James Vaughan & Pretty Yende
Vanne, o rosa fortunata - arietta for voice and piano [no.2 of "6 ariette da camera"]
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Vanne, o rosa fortunata - arietta for voice and piano [no.2 of "6 ariette da camera"] Vanne, o rosa fortunata - arietta for voice and piano [no.2 of "6 ariette da camera"] Vanne, o rosa fortunata - arietta for voice and piano [no.2 of "6 ariette da camera"] Vanne, o rosa fortunata - arietta for voice and piano [no.2 of "6 ariette da camera"]

Vanne, o rosa fortunata - arietta for voice and piano [no.2 of "6 ariette da camera"]

Performer
James Vaughan
Pretty Yende
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Vincenzo Bellini, Nicholas Daniel, Nicholas Daniel & Peterborough String Orchestra
Concerto in E flat major for oboe and string orchestra
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Concerto in E flat major for oboe and string orchestra Concerto in E flat major for oboe and string orchestra Concerto in E flat major for oboe and string orchestra Concerto in E flat major for oboe and string orchestra
Vincenzo Bellini, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Norma - opera seria in 2 acts (feat. Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano)
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Norma - opera seria in 2 acts (feat. Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) Norma - opera seria in 2 acts (feat. Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) Norma - opera seria in 2 acts (feat. Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) Norma - opera seria in 2 acts (feat. Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano)
Vincenzo Bellini & Maria Callas
Norma: Casta Diva (feat. Maria Callas)
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Norma: Casta Diva (feat. Maria Callas) Norma: Casta Diva (feat. Maria Callas) Norma: Casta Diva (feat. Maria Callas) Norma: Casta Diva (feat. Maria Callas)
Joan Sutherland, Vincenzo Bellini, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus & Richard Bonynge
Norma - Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno
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Norma - Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno Norma - Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno Norma - Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno Norma - Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno

Norma - Act 1 sc.1; Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorno

Performer
Joan Sutherland, Vincenzo Bellini, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus & Richard Bonynge
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Vincenzo Bellini, Oslo-Filharmonien & Nello Santi
Overture to Norma (feat. Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Nello Santi)
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Overture to Norma (feat. Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Nello Santi) Overture to Norma (feat. Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Nello Santi) Overture to Norma (feat. Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Nello Santi) Overture to Norma (feat. Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Nello Santi)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vincenzo Bellini, Heinz Holliger & Eliahu Inbal
Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major [complete]
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Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major [complete] Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major [complete] Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major [complete] Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major [complete]

Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major [complete]

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Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vincenzo Bellini, Heinz Holliger & Eliahu Inbal
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Vincenzo Bellini, Evelino Pidò, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna & London Philharmonic Orchestra
La Sonnambula - opera in 2 acts (feat. Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Evelino Pidò & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
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La Sonnambula - opera in 2 acts (feat. Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Evelino Pidò & London Philharmonic Orchestra) La Sonnambula - opera in 2 acts (feat. Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Evelino Pidò & London Philharmonic Orchestra) La Sonnambula - opera in 2 acts (feat. Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Evelino Pidò & London Philharmonic Orchestra) La Sonnambula - opera in 2 acts (feat. Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Evelino Pidò & London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Peterborough String Orchestra, Vincenzo Bellini & Nicholas Daniel
Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major
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Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major

Concerto for oboe and string orchestra in E flat major

Performer
Peterborough String Orchestra, Vincenzo Bellini & Nicholas Daniel
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Maria Callas, Vincenzo Bellini, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Antonino Votto
La Sonnambula - "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (feat. Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano)
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La Sonnambula - "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (feat. Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) La Sonnambula - "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (feat. Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) La Sonnambula - "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (feat. Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano) La Sonnambula - "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (feat. Antonino Votto, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano & Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano)
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Chorus of La Scala, Milan, Maria Callas, Vincenzo Bellini & Tullio Serafin
Norma: 'Casta Diva'
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Norma: 'Casta Diva' Norma: 'Casta Diva' Norma: 'Casta Diva' Norma: 'Casta Diva'

Norma: 'Casta Diva'

Performer
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Chorus of La Scala, Milan, Maria Callas, Vincenzo Bellini & Tullio Serafin
Vincenzo Bellini, The Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra & Riccardo Muti
Ad Arturo onore from Act I Scene 3 of I Puritani (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers & Riccardo Muti)
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Ad Arturo onore from Act I Scene 3 of I Puritani (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers & Riccardo Muti) Ad Arturo onore from Act I Scene 3 of I Puritani (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers & Riccardo Muti) Ad Arturo onore from Act I Scene 3 of I Puritani (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers & Riccardo Muti) Ad Arturo onore from Act I Scene 3 of I Puritani (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers & Riccardo Muti)
Berlin Philharmonic, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Vincenzo Bellini & James Levine
Concertino for Oboe in E flat (feat. James Levine & Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet)
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Concertino for Oboe in E flat (feat. James Levine & Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) Concertino for Oboe in E flat (feat. James Levine & Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) Concertino for Oboe in E flat (feat. James Levine & Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) Concertino for Oboe in E flat (feat. James Levine & Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet)
Vincenzo Bellini
Duet - Sì, fino all'ore estreme compagna tua m'avrai (Norma, Act 2)
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Duet - Sì, fino all'ore estreme compagna tua m'avrai (Norma, Act 2) Duet - Sì, fino all'ore estreme compagna tua m'avrai (Norma, Act 2) Duet - Sì, fino all'ore estreme compagna tua m'avrai (Norma, Act 2) Duet - Sì, fino all'ore estreme compagna tua m'avrai (Norma, Act 2)
Vincenzo Bellini, Cecilia Bartoli etc., Orchestra la Scintilla & Giovanni Antonini
Norma (end Of Act 2)
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Norma (end Of Act 2) Norma (end Of Act 2) Norma (end Of Act 2) Norma (end Of Act 2)
Vincenzo Bellini, Orchestra la Scintilla & Giovanni Antonini
Sinfonia (Norma)
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Sinfonia (Norma) Sinfonia (Norma) Sinfonia (Norma) Sinfonia (Norma)
Vincenzo Bellini
Norma - opera seria in 2 acts
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Norma - opera seria in 2 acts Norma - opera seria in 2 acts Norma - opera seria in 2 acts Norma - opera seria in 2 acts
Vincenzo Bellini
Eccomi in lieta vesta - Oh! quante volte - I Capuleti e i Montecchi
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Eccomi in lieta vesta - Oh! quante volte - I Capuleti e i Montecchi Eccomi in lieta vesta - Oh! quante volte - I Capuleti e i Montecchi Eccomi in lieta vesta - Oh! quante volte - I Capuleti e i Montecchi Eccomi in lieta vesta - Oh! quante volte - I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Vincenzo Bellini
Casta Diva from Norma
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