November 3, 1801
September 23, 1835 in Puteaux (near Paris) due to gastroenteritis
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He was an Italian opera composer of the early 19th century. He, along with Gaetano Donizetti and Gioachino Rossini, influenced other composers who followed them, most notably Giuseppe Verdi.
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His specialty was writing bel canto operas, Italian for "beautiful singing." Bellini's works were written for the great operatic singers of his time.
Bellini's father and grandfather were both musicians. He entered Naples' Royal Music Conservatory at the age of 18 where his first opera, Bianca e Fernando, was performed. His early work led to other operatic commissions for La Scala in Milan and the Théâtre-Italien in Paris.
His operas include "Il pirata," "I Capuleti ed i Montecchi," "Norma," "Beatrice de Tendo," "La sonnambula" and "I puritani di Scozia."
Bellini collaborated with the librettist Felice Romani on six of his nine operas. These include "Il pirata," "I Capuleti ed i Montecchi" (The Capulets and the Montagues), "La sonnambula" (The Sleepwalker), "Norma" and "Beatrice de Tendo."
Listen to Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" (a symphony from the opera) courtesy of YouTube.