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CHAN 3049 - Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 7 - Della Jones
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Vincenzo Bellini is the product of an age when opera was an entertainment rather than an art form. Before his death at the young age of thirty-four, he had completed ten operas, four of which, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La sonnambula, I puritani, and Norma remain in the repertoire.

Gaetano Donizetti was fortunate to come under the tutelage of Simon Mayr, who taught him and arranged for him to begin receiving commissions. At the age of forty-two he had his major break-through with the completion of his popular comedy La fille du régiment and of La favorita his first successful grand opéra.

George Frideric Handel’s first and most abiding influence was the composer Reinhard Heiser, the then director of the opera in Hamburg. Handel lived there from his eighteenth birthday until 1709. In 1711 he was allowed to go to England on the condition that he not absent himself too long from the court. In 1714 the Elector of Hannover assumed the English throne as King George I, a highly embarrassing situation for the composer who had long been awaited back in Germany. Handel would remain in England, however, where he composed, among other operas, Xerxes.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed La clemenza di Tito in the glorious flurry of creative activity that also saw the completion of Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutti and Die Zauberflöte, the final five operas written between 1787 and his death in 1791.

Amilcare Ponchielli is almost solely remembered for his opera La Gioconda, an Italianate and intensely dramatic work written for La Scala in 1876.

Gioacchino Rossini was once reported to have said, ‘Give me a shopping list and I’ll set it to music’. His last opera Guillaume Tell, was also his greatest, if not also his most exhausting, and it created a furore at its premiere in 1829.

Sir Henry R Bishop’s ‘Home, Sweet Home’ comes from his opera Clari, with the now famous words written by the American poet John Howard Payne.
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