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.