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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare’s great romantic play - has inspired composers, opera producers, and ballet directors for centuries. Here is a selection of some of the greatest musical versions.
Another Italian opera version was Vaccai's last major operatic success, although he went on to write another nine. In an 1832 performance of Bellini's 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi' in Bologna, the penultimate scene of Vaccai's opera was substituted for the last act of the Bellini opera. This was done at the request of the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran, and became common practice during the remainder of the 19th century.
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