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Vincenzo Bellini
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    (November 3, 1801-September 23, 1835)
    Wrote ‘Il pirata (1827),’ ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi (1830),’ ‘La Sonnambula (1831),’ ‘Norma (1831)’ and ‘I puritani (1835)’
    Wrote in the ‘Bel Canto’ style
    He was a child prodigy.
    He sang opera arias at age 2.
    Many people find his operas boring and un-dramatic.
    He abandoned a girlfriend, and she supposedly died of a broken heart.
    He claimed he was visited by her ghost in the form of a bird.
    He wrote a lot of music for a woman named ‘Pasta.’
    After he died, a friend described him as ‘simple-minded.’
    He spoke French poorly, and once politely asked a Paris shopkeeper if he could buy a ‘fucking hat.’
    He died of a bacterial infection at 32.
    He had many operas produced by the time of his death.
    Most of them are still performed today.
    ‘Norma’ is considered a challenging masterpiece.
    An excellent vodka cocktail is named after him.

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