Vincenzo Bellini

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    It is an irony that the three great composers of Italian bel canto operas each had such relatively brief careers -- Rossini due to his early retirement and Donizetti and Bellini due to premature death. Bellini was a Sicilian, from Catania, where his father and grandfather had both heen organists at the cathedral. He was taught by his grandfather and then entered the Naples conservatory at the age of 18, completing two Masses while studying there. That conservatory had a custom ... Read more

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