Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini ( 3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835 ) was a Sicilian 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 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.
I Puritani (2018)
I Puritani by V. Bellini, from Stuttgart State Opera, performed at Staatstheater Stuttgart, 2018. Directed by Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, conductor Manlio Benzi, starring Diana Haller, Roland Bracht, René Barbera, Adam Palka, Ana Durlovski, Gezim Myshketa, Heinz Göhrig. Performed in Italian an...
Capuleti e Montecchi (2005)
Capuleti e Montecchi by V. Bellini, from Festival della Valle d'Itria, performed at Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, 2005. Directed by Denis Krief, conductor Luciano Acocella, starring Patrizia Ciofi, Clara Polito, Federico Sacchi, Nicola Amodio, Danilo Formaggia. Subtitled in English, German, Spa...
La sonnambula (2008)
La sonnambula by V. Bellini, from Teatro Lirico di Caligari, 2008. Directed by Hugo de Ana, conductor Maurizio Benini, starring Antonino Siragusa, Simone Alaimo, Eglise Gutierrez, Sandra Pastrana, Gabriele Nani, Gabriella Colecchia and Max René Cosotti. Performed in Italian and subtitled in Engli...
Beatrice di Tenda (2010)
Beatrice di Tenda by V. Bellini, from Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, 2010. Directed by Henning Hermann Brockhaus, conductor Antonio Pirolli, starring Dimitra Theodossiou, Alejandro Roy, Michele Mauro, José Maria Lo Monaco, Michele Kalmandi and Rizzardo Del Maino. Performed in Italian and subt...
Norma by V. Bellini, from Sferisterio Opera Festival, performed at Arena Sferisterio, 2016. Directed by Luigi Di Gangi and Ugo Giacomazz, conductor Michele Gamba, starring María José Siri, Nicola Ulivieri, Rubens Pelizzari, Sonia Ganassi and Manuel Pierattelli. Performed in Italian and subtitled ...
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Festival presents Juan Diego Florez in Recital (2019)
Accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera, the magnificent tenor Juan Diego Flórez performs G. Rossini's "Addio ai Viennesi" and "Bolero", "Una furtiva lagrima" from G. Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, "Tombe degli avi miei / Fra poco a me ricovero" from G. Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, "O dolore" from G....
Norma by V. Belliini from De Nederlandse Opera, performed at The Stopera, Amsterdam, 2005. Directed by Guy Joosten, conductor Julian Reynolds. Starring Hasmik Papian (Norma), Hugh Smith (Pollione), Irini Tsirakidis (Adalgisa), Giorgio Giuseppini (Oroveso), Anna Steiger (Clotilde), Carlo Bosi (Fla...
I puritani (2016)
I Puritani by V. Bellini from Teatro Real, performed at Teatro Real, 2016. Directed by Emilio Sagi, conductor Evelino Pidò. Starring Diana Damrau (Elvira), Javier Camarena (Arturo), Ludovic Tezier (Riccardo), Nicolas Teste (Sir Giorgio), Annalisa Stroppa (Fernando Radó), Orchestra and Chorus of T...