Vincenzo Bellini biography

Vincenzo Bellini


1801 – 1835


Who was Vincenzo Bellini?

Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini. was an Italian opera composer, who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania". Many years later, in 1898, Giuseppe Verdi "praised the broad curves of Bellini's melody: 'there are extremely long melodies as no-one else had ever made before' "

A very large amount of what is known about Bellini's life and his activities comes from surviving letters—except for a short period—which were written over his lifetime to his friend Francesco Florimo, whom he had met as a fellow student in Naples and with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. Other sources of information come from correspondence saved by other friends and business acquaintances.

Bellini was the quintessential composer of the Italian bel canto era of the early 19th century and his work has been summed up by the London critic Tim Ashley as:

...also hugely influential, as much admired by other composers as he was by the public. Verdi raved about his "long, long, long melodies....." Wagner, who rarely liked anyone but himself, was spellbound by Bellini's almost uncanny ability to match music with text and psychology.


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Nov 3, 1801
Also known as
  • Belini
  • Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini
  • V. Bellini
  • Bellini
  • Bellini, Vincenzo
  • Italy
  • Music conservatories of Naples
Lived in
  • Catania
Sep 23, 1835
Resting place
Père Lachaise Cemetery

on July 23, 2013

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