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Balfe, Michael William

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Born: 1808 AD
Died: 1870 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Composers

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Irish composer, best known today for his opera The Bohemian Girl

 

1808 - Born on the 15th of May in Dublin.

 

1817 - He appeared as a violinist in public.

 

1823 - Moved to London and was engaged as a violinist in the orchestra of Drury Lane.

 

1825 - He was taken to Rome by Count Mazzara and introduced to Luigi Cherubini on the way.

 

1827 - Appeared as Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, at the Italian opera in Paris.

 

1829-1830 - Produced his first complete opera, I Rivali di se stessi, at Palermo in the carnival season.

 

1833 - He returned to England.

 

1835 - His Siege of Rochelle was produced and rapturously received at Drury Lane.

 

1836 - Micheal produced The Maid of Artois.

 

1843 - Balfe wrote several operas for the Opéra Comique and Grand Opéra in Paris such as Le Puits d'amour.

 

1844 - Les Quatre Fils Aymon.

 

1845 - His L'Etoile de Seville was written for the Académie Royale.

 

1864 - Balfe retired to Hertfordshire where he owned a farm.

 

1870 - He died on 20th of October and was buried at Kensal Green.

 

 

 


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