Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, (1797 – 1848) is one of the early romantics, a composer who built bel canto style with his 70 operas and whose authot’s productivity, even at that time when creativity was fast and prolific, presented a real rarity. Today, so to speak, every opera house in the world has at least one operetta by this great maestro. Born in Bergamo, Donizetti studied with the famous pedagogue Pedro Matei in Bologna and after the first successful operas, he worked for the theatres in Naples, Milan and Rome, when Gioacchino Rossini, his great predecessor and paragon, took him to Paris.

Opera Anna Bolena is an outstanding work that belongs to his primary creative period, while La Favorita (A Great Love) and Daughter of the Regiment are performed in Paris. A great success is realized nowadays by a rarely performed work Linda from Samonia, while three of his achievements overcame time and spatial barriers. They are Lucia of Lammermoor, a lyrical drama, composed after the novel by, at least at that time, very popular Walter Scott, and which is one of the operas with the most demanding lead role for a coloratura soprano in the whole opera literature, as well as two comic operas, The Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale. The two great arias from The Elixir of Love, a romance Una furtiva lacrima (One Furtive Tear) and cavatina Quant’ e bella quant’ e cara are a part of repertoire of the greatest tenors of the world.

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