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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in music
Zingarelli’s Italian opera premiered at La Scala, Milan in January 1796. The composer wrote it in just eight days but it is considered to be his best work. It remained a popular part of the Italian repertory well into the 19th century, the role of Giulietta being a favourite of legendary mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran.