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



Bellini – 1831


Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti – 1835


Tudor Trilogy



Il trovatore

Verdi – 1853