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The Operas of Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini (3 November 1801, Catania, Italy – 23 September 1835, Paris), Italian composer native to Sicily. His father Rosario Bellini and grandfather Vincenzo Tobia Bellini were musicians. From 1819, he studied at the Real Collegio di Musica di San Sebastiano in Naples.

Title
Genre 
Librettist Premiere Date
Premiere Location
Adelson e Salvini
Drama in three acts
Valentino Fioravanti from a libretto of 1816 by Andrea Leone Tottola Jan. 1825
Teatrino del Conservatorio di S. Sebastiano, Naples
Bianca e Gernando
Melodrama in two acts
Domenico Gilardoni from the play Bianca e Fernando alla Tomba di Carlo IV, duca di Agrigento (1820) by Carlo Roti 30 May 1826 
Teatro S. Carlo, Naples
Il Pirata
Melodrama in two acts
Felice Romani from the play Bertram (1816) by Charles R. Maturin 27 Oct. 1827
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Bianca e Fernando*
Melodrama in two acts
Felice Romani from the libretto Bianca e Gernando by Domenico Gilardoni 7 April 1828
Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa
La straniera
Melodrama in two acts
Felice Romani from the novel L'éstrangère (1825) by Charles d'Arlincourt 14 Feb. 1829
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Zaira
Lirical tragedy in two acts
Felice Romani from the play Zaire (1732) by Voltaire 16 May 1829
Teatro Ducale, Parma
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Lirical tragedy in two acts
Felice Romani from the libretto Giulietta e Romeo (1825) by Nicola Vaccai 11 Mar. 1830
Teatro La Fenice, Venice
La Somnambula
Melodrama in two acts
Felice Romani form the ballet La Somnambule ou L'arrivée d'un nouveau seigneur (1827) by Eugène Scribe 6 Mar. 1831
Teatro Carcano, Milan
Norma
Lirical tragedy in two acts
Felice Romani from the play Norma (1831) by Alexandre Soumet 26 Dec. 1831
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Beatrice di Tenda
Lirical tragedy in two acts
Felice Romani from the play Beatrice di Tenda (1825) by Carlo Tedaldi-Fores 16 Mar. 1833
Teatro La Fenice, Venice
I Puritani
'Serious' melodrama in three acts
Carlo Pepoli from the play Têtes rondes et Cavaliers (1833) by Jacques Acelot and Xavier Saintine 24 Jan. 1835
Théâtre Italien, Paris

Notes

* New version of Bellini's opera Bianca e Gernando.

Sources

Rescigno, E., ed. Norma: libretto di Felice Romani. Milan: G. Ricordi & C. S.p.A., 1994.


 






 


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