Bellini is Tops

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Catania and Sicily are very proud of their “son,” the opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) featured here in Catania’s center. Bellini was born into a family of musicians in Catania and left Sicily at 18 years old to study at the conservatory in Naples. He lived abroad for the rest of his virtuosic life, dying outside of Paris at just 33. Most famous for the opera “Norma” that premiered at Milan’s La Scala opera house in 1831, Bellini is hailed as one of the top composers of the bel canto operatic style because of the beloved arias and smooth melodies he created.

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  1. We never spent much time studying Bellini in Music History class, but I do recall him. And bel canto arias were also popular. I recognize “Norma,” too. Too bad he lived such a short life.

    1. Yes, his life was even shorter than Mozart’s life! Too short.

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