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Michael William Balfe

Michael William Balfe (15 May 1808 – 20 October 1870) was an Irish composer, best-remembered for his operas, especially The Bohemian Girl.

After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed at least 29 operas, almost 250 songs, several cantatas and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 15th, 1808 (Dublin), Died October 20th, 1870 (Hertfordshire)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, lyricist

Notes: Irish poet, composer, and singer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 30022 12-in. ca. Jan.-May 1906 Killarney Ruth Vincent Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 36762 12-in. ca. 1913 The heart bowed down Henri Scott Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Balfe, Michael William," accessed June 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997.

Balfe, Michael William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997.

"Balfe, Michael William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102997

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