Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini
(1801–1835) was an Italian opera composer. A native of
Catania in Sicily, his greatest works are I Capuleti ed
i Montecchi (1830), La sonnambula (1831), Norma (1831),
Beatrice di Tenda (1833), and I puritani (1835). Known
for his long-flowing melodic lines, for which he was
named "the Swan of Catania", Bellini was the
quintessential composer of bel canto opera. He died in
Puteaux, France at the age of 33, nine months after the
premiere of his last opera, I puritani.
Norma is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by
Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after
Norma, ossia L'infanticidio (Norma, or The Infanticide)
by Alexandre Soumet. First produced at La Scala on 26
December 1831, it is generally regarded as an example
of the supreme height of the bel canto tradition.
"Casta diva" was one of the most familiar arias of the
Although originally composed for Opera, I created this
arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp.