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Bellini's genius was mostly musical rather than dramatic. He was admired for his melodies, notable for their elegiac beauty and long arching phrases. His first success was Il pirata in 1827, followed by I Capuleti e Montecchi in 1830. Then came his most famous operas La sonnambula (1831), Norma (1831) and his last I puritani (1835), which proved a sensational triumph.
His second to last work Beatrice di Tenda (1833) was less successful.
- The Complete Dictionary of Opera and Operetta, James Anderson, Wings Books, 1993.