Vincenzo Bellini (born in Sicily on November 3, 1801) is perhaps best known for his 11 operas but was also an important composer of a small but influential set of art songs. Bellini’s bel canto style, with melodic elements of the music of Chopin and Liszt and clarity of form found in Haydn and Mozart, was largely admired by Verdi and Wagner. His beautiful, soaring melodies were never written solely for the music but seem always to rise from the words themselves.
On IPA Source, you will find the major arias from all Bellini’s opera and his 20 art songs including all the texts from the collection Composizioni da Camera, published by Casa Ricordi in 1935.
This post showcases some hand-selected Bellini arias and art songs from our collection, along with recommended listening links.
Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio (mezzo)
Listen to Jennifer Larmore
Vi ravviso o luoghi ameni (bass)
Listen to Cesare Siepi
Ah, per sempre io ti perdei (baritone)
Listen to Renato Capecchi
Vaga luna, che inargenti
Listen to Carlo Bergonzi
Malinconia, Ninfa gentile
Listen to Luciano Pavarotti
Per pietà, bell’idol mio
Listen to Cecilia Bartoli
View our complete collection of Vincenzo Bellini texts: