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'2017 for 2017' blog

Into the 18th Century ...

By David Ward, Mar 10 2017 06:17PM

A good knee and decent weather has propelled the challenge forward a good distance over the past few weeks!

I’m now (just) in the 1700s on my operatic running-related research, so let’s delve into the year 1797 ...

(Note: I was going to look into 1804 (which is where I finished last week) however it seems that it was an extraordinarily quiet year for international opera activity!)

- One of opera’s most performed composers, Gaetano Donizetti - creator of 'L’Elisir D’Amore', 'Don Pasquale', and 'Lucia di Lammermoor' (among many others) - was born in Bergamo, Italy

- Also born in 1797 was Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Though not especially well known for his operatic writing, he did compose a number of stage works, with 'Fierabras' perhaps his best known work

- 1797 wasn’t a year for operatic blockbusters, however Cherubini’s 'Medee' is well worth a listen

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to the challenge - all donations will make a great impact on our work, so please do visit the donation page if you haven’t had chance, yet.

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