Lived 1792 – 1868
Mostly in Italy, Paris
Best Known For The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, Semiramide, William Tell, La Danza, Stabat Mater
Similar To Donizetti, Bellini

It was the French writer Stendhal – a convert to the cause of Italian culture in general, and its operatic tradition in particular – who compared Rossini to Napoleon. This was at a time when his works were conquering audiences throughout Europe in the same way that the French emperor and his armies were taking over continental kingdom after kingdom.

Rossini’s increasing sway over the opera houses of Europe was a good deal more...

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