Gaetano Donizetti

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti was an Italian composer. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Donizetti's close association with the bel canto style was undoubtedly an influence on other composers such as Giuseppe Verdi.
Donizetti was born in Bergamo in Lombardy. Although he did not come from a musical background, at an early age he was taken under the wing of composer Simon Mayr who had enrolled him by means of a full scholarship in a school which he had set up. There he received detailed training in the arts of fugue and counterpoint. Mayr was also instrumental in obtaining a place for the young man at the Bologna Academy, where, at the age of 19, he wrote his first one-act opera, the comedy Il Pigmalione, which may never have been performed during his lifetime.
Over the course of his career, Donizetti wrote almost 70 operas.

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Don Pasquale, atto I, scene I: "Son nov'ore" (Don Pasquale)Donizetti: Don Pasquale3:36
Don Pasquale, atto III, scene I: "Vediamo: alla modista cento scudi" (Don Pasquale)Donizetti: Don Pasquale1:26
Don Pasquale, atto II, scene II: "Cerchero lontana terra" (Ernesto)Donizetti: Don Pasquale2:09
Don Pasquale, atto III, scene I: "É finita, don Pasquale" (Don Pasquale)Donizetti: Don Pasquale2:50
Don Pasquale, atto I, scene I: "Prender moglie?" (Ernesto)Donizetti: Don Pasquale1:40
Don Pasquale, atto III, scene I: "Aspetta, aspetta cara sposina" (Don Pasquale)Donizetti: Don Pasquale2:34
Don Pasquale, atto II, scene II: "Via, da brava" (Dott. Malatesta)Donizetti: Don Pasquale3:54
Don Pasquale, atto III, scene I: "Cheti, cheti immantinente" (Don Pasquale)Donizetti: Don Pasquale3:59
Don Pasquale, atto I, scene II: "Pronta son" (Norina)Donizetti: Don Pasquale3:07
Don Pasquale, atto III, scene II: "A voi accorda don Pasquale" (Dott. Malatesta)Donizetti: Don Pasquale1:12
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