Michael William Balfe

Composer

1808 – 1870

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Who was Michael William Balfe?

Michael William Balfe was an Irish composer, best-remembered for his opera The Bohemian Girl.

After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed 38 operas, almost 250 songs and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts.

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Born
May 15, 1808
Dublin
Also known as
  • Balfe, Michael William
Children
Lived in
  • County Dublin
Died
Oct 20, 1870

Submitted
on July 23, 2013