Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835) was a Sicilian opera composer. Known for his flowing melodic lines, Bellini was the quintessential composer of Bel canto opera. Having learned from his grandfather, Bellini left provincial Catania in June 1819 to study at the conservatory in Naples. He achieved success with his greatest works 'La Sonnambula', 'I Puritani' and most famously 'Norma' which features the famous aria 'Casta Diva'. He died at just 34 from a stomach illness.