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Long-Lost Opera Discovered off the Coast of Sicily

photograph of the top of Mt. Etna, with white smoke/steam rising from the top
Mt. Etna, the Sicilian volcano as temperamental as an opera diva, may have helped save Vincenzo Bellini's lost first opera from destruction.
2, 2012

Opera lovers have the Sicilian volcano Mt. Etna to thank for preserving the manuscript score of what is believed to be Sicilian composer Vincenzo Bellini’s long-lost – and now recently discovered – first opera, according to a report on WQXR’s Operavore blog. The Feb. 27 discovery occurred near the Italian village of Vambolieri as archaeologists [...]