Vincenzo Bellini

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Vincenzo Salvatore Bellini was born on November 2, 1801 in Catania, Sicily, Italy. He was the first of seven children in a musical family. His grandfather gave him first piano lessons at the age of 3, and at the age of 5 young Bellini could play good piano to an audience. His first composition dates from around that age. He was granted a scholarship from the municipal government of Catania to study music at the Conservatory of Naples. Bellini studied under composer Niccolo Zingarelli and a vocal teacher Girolamo Crescenti. His fellow student soprano Isabella Colbrani eventually became his wife. Bellini's graduation opera "Adelson e Salvini" generated a commission from the Royal court. Impresario Domenico Barbaja secured a commission for Bellini's opera for La Scala in Milan. "Il Pirata" started Bellini's fruitful partnership with the librettist Felice Romani, who complemented Bellini's flowing serpentine vocal lines with meticulously chosen words. Their tandem created 7 Bel canto operas in about six years. In Paris Bellini received a commission from the Theatre Italien for "Il Puritani", which he composed on the libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli. It became a triumph over his competitor Gaetano Donizetti. Bellini was recognized by the leading cultural figures of his time; Franz Liszt, Mikhail Glinka, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Alfred de Musset, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas père, among others. Heinrich Heine was fond of Bellini's works; But he predicted that Bellini will die, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Raphael, at the hight of his genius. Bellini died of peritonitis on September 23, 1835, in Paris, France, and was laid to rest in the cemetery of Pere Lachaise in Paris. In 1876 his remains were moved to the cathedral of his native town of Catania, Italy. Bellini's opera "Norma" became a hallmark of the Bel canto style. It was premiered on December 26, 1831 at the La Scala, Milan, and initially had a cool reception on its first night. The title role is still considered the most difficult role in all of the soprano repertoire. Its performances by Maria Callas are among the finest. The extremely popular cavatina "Casta diva" was used in soundtracks for many films, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), The Game of their Lives, The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Atlantic City (1980), and Lorenzo's Oil (1992) among other films. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Most Popular Vincenzo Bellini Trailers

Total trailers found: 14

Norma: Live from the Royal Opera House Trailer (2016)

26 September 2016

The priestess Norma loves Pollione, leader of the occupying force suppressing her people, and has borne two children by him.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi Trailer (2014)

04 September 2014

Bellini's radiant retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a beacon in the bel canto tradition.

Bellini I Puritani Trailer (2009)

03 June 2009

The context is England's Civil War between the Roundheads (the Parliamentarians, or Puritans of the title) and the Cavaliers (Royalists).

I Puritani Trailer (2015)

10 March 2015

"This is Vienna State Opera live at home". March 2015

Norma Trailer (2008)

28 July 2008

Bellini I Capuleti E I Montecchi Trailer (2012)

03 June 2012

Vincenzo Bellinis bel canto masterpiece I Capuleti e i Montecchi, inspired by the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, is what The New York Times calls an opera of definite dramatic appeal.

La Sonnambula Trailer (2009)

21 March 2009

Amina sleep-walks her way into the bedroom of a nobleman who is staying at the village inn. Enraged and humiliated, her fiancé breaks the engagement.

I Puritani Trailer (2007)

17 February 2007

Live from The Metropolitan Opera, international sensation Anna Netrebko sings Elvira Walton (and her famous mad scene) in I PURITANI, a spectacular production revived especially for Ms.

Bellini I Puritani Trailer (2007)

22 November 2007

It's hard to imagine a video opera collection without this superbly sung MET production of Bellini's I Puritani.

Beatrice di Tenda Trailer (2002)

01 January 2002

Live performance from the Zurich Opera House, January 2002.

La sonnambula Trailer (1952)

19 March 1952

La sonnambula Trailer (1956)

19 December 1956

Italian TV production of the Bellini opera

In Concert at The Met Trailer (1983)

27 July 1983

In Concert at the Met (DVD) - Highlights Five of the Met's greatest stars - Price, Horne, Troyanos, Domingo, and Milnes - joined James Levine for a series of irresistible concert programs, originally telecast in the 1980s.

Norma Trailer (1974)

20 July 1974

Oroveso, a Druid High Priest, gathers his people in a sacred forest and prays to their gods for help in vanquishing the Romans who have taken over Gaul.