Bellini, Vincenzo

BORN 3 Nov 1801, Catania, Sicilia - DIED 23 Sep 1835, Puteaux (now Paris: La Defense)
CAUSE OF DEATH dysentery
GRAVE LOCATION Catania, Sicilia: Cathedral

Vincenzo Bellini received his first musical education from his grandfather Vincenzo Tobia Bellini, who was master of the choir at the cathedral of Catania. Later he studied composition in Naples under Zingarelli.

In 1827 his third opera "Il Pirata" was produced at the Scale in Milan. Soon it was produced in London, Paris and New York as well. His fifth opera "La Straniera" (1829) was also internationally successful.

In 1832 he returned to Sicilia where he was welcomed enthousiastically. He left for London and in 1833 his opera "Beatrice di Tenda" turned into a failure in Venice. He blaimed the libretto by Felice Romani, but Romani countered that Bellini's love affairs had distracted him from his work. The press wrote huge stories about their fight and they broke off all connections. In 1833 he ended his love affair with Giuditta Turina that had been ongoing since 1828.

His tenth and last opera "I Puritani" was first performed at the Italian Theatre in Paris (1835). For a long time he had been suffering from his liver and his intestines and suddenly his condition worsened. He withdrew to his country home in Puteaux (now part of La Défense in Paris), where he died soon afterwards. His death came completely unexpected to the public and there were rumours that he had been poisoned. He was buried at Père Lachaise. In 1876 his remains were transferred to the cathedral of his nativa Catania.

Related persons
• cooperated with Romani, Felice

26/12/1831Premiere of Bellini's "Norma" at La Scala in Milan. Alessandro Rolla was the conductor. The performers included Giuditta Pasta, Giulia Grisi, Domenico Donzelli, Vincenzo Negrini, Marietta Sacchi and Lorenzo Lombardi. [Grisi, Giulia]
16/3/1833Premiere of Bellini's "Beatrice di Tenda" at La Fenice in Venice. The libretto was by Felice Romani. [Romani, Felice]


The empty tomb of Vincenzo Bellini at Père Lachaise, Paris. In 1876 his remains were moved to Catania, where he was born.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


• Le Clère, Marcel, Cimetières & Sepultures de Paris, Hachette, Paris, 1978
Vincenzo Bellini – Wikipedia
Beatrice di Tenda - Wikipedia
Norma (opera) - Wikipedia

Bellmer, Hans

Published: 09 Apr 2007
Last update: 26 Jan 2022