Program Details

Vincenzo Bellini: The Sicilian Orpheus: The Two Great Masterworks

Giuseppe Albanese
Music / Drama

Course Description

Bellini, also known as the "Byron of Bel Canto" and the "composer of the moon," exploded on the Italian opera scene early in the 19th century. His meteoric rise soon overshadowed the great Rossini whose ebbulent and bouncy style was to be replaced by Bellini's exquisite melodies and pure lyricism. His success marked a return to the bel canto principles of an earlier time. Bellini's death, at an early age, set off a frenzy of mourning akin to the reaction to the death of Presley and Princess Diana. Maestro Albanese presents two of Bellini's major musical accomplishments with interesting commentary on both the composer and his operas.


  1. Norma (1831): Druid princess falls in love with Roman enemy. What could go wrong?
  2. Norma, Part II
  3. I Puritani (1835): Romantic complication set against the English Restoration
  4. I Puritani, Part II

About the Instructor

  • Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled The Joy of Opera. For the past 30 years, he has lectured extensively on numerous operatic subjects and has produced several video documentaries. Maestro Albanese will be celebrating 25 years with Lifelong Learning at FAU in 2020.

    Recipient of the 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award

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