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GASPARE SPONTINI  

(1774 - 1851)

The Italian composer Spontini established himself in Napoleonic Paris in 1807 with his opera La Vestale, a work much encouraged by the Empress Josephine. The opera was revived by Arturo Toscanini in the early twentieth century and the aria "O nume tutelar" is taken from that Italian version, made popular by Rosa Ponselle, Anita Cerquetti and Maria Callas.

Role: Classical Composer 
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