In the case of the last act of Lucia, Donizetti not only wrote the words; he designed the scenes.
Saltus has (or had) an exuberant fondness for Donizetti and Rossini.
The opera was a great success, no little of which was due to the neglected song which Donizetti had almost forgotten.
If the story is true, Donizetti was a very forward young man.
The operatic repertoire at that date consisted mostly of works by Bellini, Donizetti, and Mercadante.
Donizetti's father was a weaver, who wished his son to-335- become a lawyer.
Donizetti sprang to the ground with his prey—the full score of the Barber of Seville—in his clutches.
"Spirto gentil" was in this opera, from which Donizetti simply transferred it.
In composing Donizetti never used the pianoforte, writing with great rapidity and never making corrections.
Later on he proceeded to Naples, where he was taught by Mercadente and Donizetti.