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Vincenzo Bellini
1798 - 1833

Vincenzo was probably Catania's most noted citizen.  His father and grandfather were both cathedral musical directors, and responsible for his education.  Bellini studied at the Naples Conservatoire gaining recognition almost immediately for his operas such as "Bianca e Fernando".  He had written for the Naples theatre and La Scala in Milan.  His lyrical-dramatic style such as "La Sonnanbula" and "Norma" in 1831 influenced other great composers such as Verdi and Wagner. In 1833 he had the urge to go to Paris he was taken ill.  Cholera was suspected when he died lonely and abandoned aged 35.   He was buried at first in Paris, but his coffin was brought home to Catania forty years after and re-interred in the Cathedral.

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