Bel Canto School

1800 – 1850

Bel Canto is the 19th century Italian opera style with the emphasis on the beauty of the human voice to tell its stories. Literally “beautiful singing,” this period showcases elaborate vocal ornamentation, embellishment and trills (coloratura) that require extreme agility and pitch control.

 

La traviata

Verdi – 1853

 

The Barber of Seville

Rossini – 1816

 

La cenorentola

Rossini – 1817

 

Norma

Bellini – 1831

 

Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti – 1835

 

Tudor Trilogy

Donizetti

 

Il trovatore

Verdi – 1853