Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who managed to take his music into the mainstream musical sphere. He became one of the most successful operatic tenors of all time, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the
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Johann Strauss I (March 14, 1804 – September 25, 1849) was an Austrian composer of the Romantic era. Famous for his waltzes, Strauss’ most famous composition is the Radetzky March, which was dedicated to the Czech nobleman and Austrian field marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz. The piece became incredibly popular
Pietro Mascagni was an Italian composer most famous for his operas. Living from 7th December 1863 to 2 August 1945, his most famed work was Cavalleria Rusticana (1890) which single-handedly shifted the direction of Italian dramatic music and is remembered as one of the greatest sensations in opera history.
Jules Massenet was a well-known French composer of the Romantic Era, with over 30 opera compositions to his repertoire. Living from 1842 to 1912, Massenet composed a range of music genres including oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces and songs. The pieces which have proven most popular in
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer and conductor of the 19th Century who created various operas and musical dramas. Career Wagner is said by many to be one of the greatest influences on classical music, through his complex musical language and quick
Hector Berlioz was a 19th Century French romantic composer who performed grand operas with orchestras requiring up to 1,000 people. His work in Romanticism helped to inspire the careers of the likes of Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Youth Born on 11 December 1803, Berlioz grew up near
Ludwig van Beethoven is perhaps the most iconic composer of all time. The German is best-known for his nine symphonies, five piano concertos and various piano sonatas, as well as string quartets and various other famed works. Beethoven’s Early career Taught by his father, German musician Johann van Beethoven, whose
Giacomo Meyerbeer is one of the greatest composers of the 19th Century, considered as one of the greatest live performers of his era. Roots Beginning his career as a pianist having been born into a well-off family in Berlin, Meyerbeer swiftly turned to opera and spent many years composing and
Opera Donizetti wrote almost 70 operas during his life, starting with the comedy Il Pigmalione at the age of 19, and it is thought that this was not performed until after his death in 1848. Up until 1830, Donizetti found most of his success through comedic operas which gained large audiences.
Verdi Giuseppe Verdi: “To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better.” Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi may have been born over 200 years ago, but his music still has an impact on opera today. Unlike many historic composers, Verdi was