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Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti was born in 1797 in a dark basement in Bergamo. He was born in a poor family with six children, but Donizetti was lucky enough to receive a free musical education at the school of the opera composer Simone Mayr. Mayr recognised Donizetti's talent and after giving him composition lessons he ensured he could continue his studies in Bologna. He also helped him get his first opera commission. Donizetti kept working hard and for a considerable period he composed four operas each year. A large part of his career, he worked in Naples, which could be a reason why his artistic style remained relatively conventional. After all, the opera audience in Naples had a conservative taste and censorship was extraordinarily strict: absolutely no violence or 'improper' romantic relationships on stage!

Donizetti had the gift to compose remarkably fast and wrote in total more than 80 operas, both serious and comic. His operas L'Elisir d'Amore and Don Pasquale remain popular due to their cheerful and energetic music, uplifting rhythms, and tender melodies. Among his serious operas, his Lucia di Lammermoor, with its famous "mad scene" is most popular. Donizetti died in 1848 in Bergamo, after staying in a medical facility in Paris for months, suffering from dementia and paralysed by syphilis. A tragic death for a composer who was also known for his warm personality. 

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Surrender Voices of Persephone

Surrender Voices of Persephone

Ilona Domnich

Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, André Messager, Gioachino Rossini
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Lucia Di Lammermoor

Lucia Di Lammermoor

Scotto / di Stefano / Bastianini / Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan

Donizetti, Gaetano/Giuseppe di Stefano/Renata Scotto/Ettore Bastianini/Chorus of La Scala, Milan/Nino Sanzogno/Orchesrea of La Scala, Milan
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Jewels of the Bel Canto - Arias by Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi & Rossini

Jewels of the Bel Canto - Arias by Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi & Rossini

Elena Xanthoudakis

Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Verdi, Giaocchino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti
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La Favorita

La Favorita

Barbieri / Raimondi / Tagliabue / Neri / RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus,

Gaetano Donizetti/RAI Symphony Chorus/RAI Symphony Orchestra /Angelo Questa/Fedora Barbieri/Gianni Raimondi/Carlo Tagliabue/Giulio Neri
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