Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

Like so many Italian opera composers, he's remembered for his gift of melodyMore reserved in expressive range than Donizetti, Bellini was exceedingly adept at psychological characterization.  His sentimental melodies express the Romantic ideal.  All of his operas were based on serious subjects.  The more iimportant works are "Norma," "La sonnambula" (The Sleepwalker), and "I Puritani" (The Puritans).