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Gaetano Donizetti

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Gaetano Donizetti, about 1835

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti was an Italian composer. He was born on 29 November 1797 in Bergamo, Italy. He married Virginia Vasselli. None of their three children survived. He was insane in his last years, and lived in a hospital. He died in Bergamo on 8 April 1848.

Donizetti wrote mostly operas. His tragic operas include Lucia di Lammermoor, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, and Linda di Chamounix. His comic operas include La fille du regiment, L'elisir d'amore, and Don Pasquale.

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