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Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini

(1801 - 1835)

Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini [November 3, 1801 - September 23, 1835] was an Italian opera composer remembered for his flowing melodic lines; Bellini was the archetypal composer of Bel canto opera.

orn to a highly musical family, and exhibited his talent at a very early age. At the age of eighteen he began studies that resulted in his first opera Adelson e Salvini. His reputation grew quickly, as did his successes. Bellini's five years were triumphant, scoring major successes with his greatest works: La sonnambula, Norma and I puritani.

Recommended Recordings

La Sonnambula (opera)

Decca-London 417424-2
La Sonnambula/EMI CDS556278-2 (mono)
Maria Callas (soprano), Nicola Monti (tenor), Nicola Zaccaria (bass), Eugenia Ratti (soprano), Florenza Cossoto (mezzo soprano), Antoníno Votto/Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scalla di Milano

La Sonnambula/Decca-London 417424-2
Joan Sutherland (soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

Norma (opera)

EMI CDS556271-2
Norma/EMI CDS556271-2 (mono, 1954)
Maria Callas (soprano), Ebe Stignani (mezzo soprano), Mario Filipeschi (tenor), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (bass), Paolo Caroli (tenor), Rina Cavallari (mezzo soprano), Tullio Serafin/Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scalla di Milano
Norma/EMI 562638-2 (1960)
Maria Callas (soprano), Mario Filippeschi (tenor), Ebe Stignani (bass), Tullio Serafin/Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scalla di Milano
Norma/Decca-London 414476-2
Joan Sutherland (soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Samuel Ramey (bass), Richard Bonynge/Orchestra & Chorus of the Welsh National Opera

I Puritani (opera)

London 417588-2
I Puritani/London 417588-2
Joan Sutherland (soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Piero Cappuccilli (baritone), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Richard Bonynge/London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
I Puritani/EMI CDS556275-2 Mono
Maria Callas (soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (tenor), Rolando Panerai (baritone), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (bass), Tullio Serafin/Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Chorus