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Monday, May 3, 2010

Michael Balfe-The Maid of Artois

Michael Balfe (1808-1870) was a Victorian Irish composer who studied under Rossini in Italy, where he met the soprano Maria Malibran.  She would later play the lead role of Isoline in his 1836 opera The Maid of Artois, which describes two lovers that nearly die trying to be together.

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