Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame for his 39 operas, although he also wrote many songs, some chamber music and piano pieces, and some sacred music. He set new standards for both comic and serious opera before retiring from large-scale composition while still in his thirties, at the height of his popularity. Born in Pesaro to parents who were both musicians (his father a trumpeter, his mother a singer), Rossini began to compose by the age of 12 and was educated at music school in Bologna. His first opera was performed in Venice in 1810 when he was 18 years old. In 1815 he was engaged to write operas and manage theatres in Naples. In the period 1810–1823 he wrote 34 operas for the Italian stage that were performed in Venice, Milan, Ferrara, Naples and elsewhere; this productivity necessitated an almost formulaic approach for some components (such as overtures) and a certain amount of self-borrowing. During this period he produced his most popular works, including the comic operas L'italiana in Algeri, Il barbiere di Siviglia (known in English as The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola, which brought to a peak the opera buffa tradition he inherited from masters such as Domenico Cimarosa and Giovanni Paisiello. He also composed opera seria works such as Otello, Tancredi and Semiramide.

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  • La pietra del paragone (2007)

    La pietra del paragone by G. Rossini from Teatro Real, performed at Teatro Real, Madrid, 2007. Directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, conductor Alberto Zedda. Starring Laura Brioli (Baronessa Aspasia), Marie-Ange Todorovich (Marchesa Clarice), Raúl Giménez (Cavalier Giocondo), Marco Vinco (Count Asdrubale...

  • La Cenerentola (2005)

    La Cenerentola by G. Rossini from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, performed at Glyndebourne Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne, 2005. Directed by Sir Peter Hall, conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Starring Raquela Sheeran (Clorinda), Lucia Cirillo (Tisbe), Ruxandra Donose (Angelina), Nathan Berg (Alidoro), Lu...

  • Il barbiere di Siviglia (2018)

    Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini from Fondazione Arena di Verona, performed at Arena di Verona, 2018. Directed by Hugo de Ana, conductor Daniel Oren. Starring Leo Nucci (Figaro), Nino Machaidze (Rosina), Dmitry Korchak (Il Conte d’Almaviva), Carlo Lepore (Bartolo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Basi...