The Standard Operas (12th Edition)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: BALFE MICHAEL WILLIAM BALFE was born at Dublin, Ireland, May 15, 18o8. Of all the English opera composers, his career was the most versatile, as his success, for a time at least, was the most remarkable. At seven years of age he scored a polacca of his own for a band. In his eighth year he appeared as a violinist, and in his tenth was composing ballads. At sixteen he was playing in the Drury Lane orchestra, and about this time began taking lessons in composition. In 1825, aided by the generosity of a patron, he went to Italy, where for three years he studied singing and counterpoint. In his twentieth year he met Rossini, who offered him an engagement as first baritone at the Italian Opera in Paris. He made his debut with success in 1828, and at the close of his engagement returned to Italy, where he appear


ed again on the stage. About this time (1829-183o) he began writing Italian operas, and before he left Italy had produced three which met with considerable success. In 1835 he returned to England; and it was in this year that his first English opera, the " Siege of Rochelle," was produced. It was played continuously at Drury Lane for over three months. In 1836 the " Maid of Artois " ; in 1837, " Catharine Grey " and "Joan of Arc " ; and in 1838, " Falstaff " were produced. During these years he was still singing in concerts and opera, and in 184o appeared as manager of the Lyceum. His finest works were produced after this date, ? " The Bohemian Girl" in 1843 ; "The Enchantress " in 1844 ; " The Rose of Castile," " La Zingara," and " Satanella " in 1858, and "The Puritan's Daughter "in1861. His last opera was " The Knight of the Leopard," known in Italian as " II Talismano," which has also been produced in English as " The Talisman." He married Mlle. Rosen, a German singer, who... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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