With a catalogue of ten operas, a career that barely lasted ten years and a meteoric life reduced to just thirty-four years, Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) should be an easy subject to understand. But that is not the case. Without talking of a "Bellini mystery" which would be well-suited, the Catanian is not so easily defined. A question of sources, and personality too. Bellini, young, ambitious, egoistical, quick-tempered—explosive even, did everything he could to devote himself exclusively to his work, his fortune and his legend, with little consideration for those around him. As a result Bellini assimilated himself with his work, which occupies an immense and distinctive place in the history of opera. Despite that, despite "Casta diva", the air from Norma that won fame worldwide, Bellini remains largely misjudged today. Like all the volumes in the "Classica" collection, this Bellini is enriched by an index, bibliographical references and a discography.