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Balfe, Michael William

Born: 1808 AD
Died: 1870 AD
Nationality: Irish
Categories: Composers

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.