Bellini, Vincenzo (1802-1835)

Bellini, Vincenzo, operatic composer, was born at Catania, in Sicily, November 3, 1802. An organist's son, he was sent by a Sicilian nobleman to the Conservatory of Naples. His two earliest operas were Adelson e Salvina (1824) and Bianca e Fernando (1826). II Pirata (1827) immediately carried the composer's name beyond Italy, and was followed by I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (1830), La Sonnamtmla (1831), and Norma (1832), Bellini's best and most popular work. In 1S33 he went to Paris and London, whither he had accompanied the famous Pasta. I Puritani(1834) shows the influence of the French school, but without servile imitation. He died near Paris, 21st Sept. 1835. See works by Pougin (1868) and Lloyd (1908).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 87.

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