From the composers' perspective, which eludes the traditional sociological perspective on publics, nineteenth-century Italian composers had a strong personal involvement with their audiences. Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were particularly sensitive to the expectations and tastes of the public. Much of Italian opera's power during the Romantic era derived from this relationship and its civic reverberations.
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