Biography of Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

Italian composer born in Bergamo on November 29, 1797 and died on April 8, 1848.

He studied at the Conservatory of Bologna, then directed by the Bavarian Mayr. Gifted with a prodigious musician talent and an exquisite sensitivity, his works are remarkable for their songs melodious, as for the variety of reasons, and they have placed it among the first modern masters. In 1818 was interpreted in Venice with great success Enrico di Borgogna, followed by other seventy-four works, composed at the rate of two or three a year. In 1822 was interpreted in Rome Zoraide di Granada. Rival of Bellini, was presented at the Italian theatre of Paris in 1831 with his opera Anna Bolena, confirming his fame with the dramatic work of Lucia di Lammermoor, which premiered in Naples in 1835.

His prolific production, also include La fille du Régiment (Paris, 1840), in which Kangaroo and sentimental elements are, and their famous comic opera Don Pasquale (Paris, 1843), involving the dismissal of this ingenious operatic genre. Two of his works, Lucia di Lammermoor and La Favorite (1840), they are currently in the collection. Other compositions of his are: the exile of Rome; The Queen of Golconda; Anne Boleyn; Fausta; The elixir of love; The furious; Parisicia; Torquato Tasso; Lucrezia Borgia; Buondelmonte; Gemma de Vergy; Marino Faliero; Belisario; Robert, count of Évreux; Rudens María; The martyrs; La Favorita; Linda de Chamounix; Doña María de Rohan; Don Sebastián de Portugal; Gabriela de Vergy, etc.

Donizetti. L'elisir d'amore. "A furtive tear".


Don Pasquale; performers: Freni, Winbergh, Nucci, Bruscantini, Fabbris, Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra of London; Director: Riccardo Muti; EMI 667-747 068-2 (2CDs). La Favorita; performers: Cotrubas, Cossotto, Palma, Pavarotti, Bacquier, Ghiaurov, choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna; Director: Bonynge; 2894 30 ZU 038-2 (3 CDs) Dec. Lucia di Lammermoor; performers: Callas, Villa, Carlin, Stefano, Zampieri, Panerai, Zaccaria, the Mailander Scala choir, Symphony Orchestra of the Radio of Berlin; Director: Herbert von Karajan; EMI 653-763 631-2 (2 CDs). Maria Stuarda; performers: Sutherland, Elkins, Tourangeau, Pavarotti, Morris, Soyer, choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna; 2894 25 410-2 ZT (2 CDs) Dec. The daughter of the Regiment (La Figlia del Reggimento); performers: Coates, Sutherland, Sinclair, Garret, Godknow, Pavarotti, Jones, Bruyère, Malas, choir and Orchestra in Covent Garden, London; Director: Bonynge; Dec 414 520-2 ZA (2 CDs). Requiem; performers: Studer, Müller-Molinari, Baldin, Rootering, Bogart, choir and Symphony Orchestra of Bamberg; Director: Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez. 172 881 C ORF. Lucrezia Borgia; performers: Sutherland, Horne, Aragall, Clark, Ewer, Palma, Taylor, Brocheler, Wilson-johnson, Wixell, Allan, Visser, Zaccaria, London Opera Chorus, National Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Dec 421 497-2 ZT (2 CDs).