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Gioachino Rossini

Biography

Born: Feb 29, 1792; Italy   Died: Nov 13, 1868; France   Period: Romantic
Gioachino Rossini's parents were both working musicians. His father played the horn and taught at the prestigious Accademia Filharmonica in Bologna, and his mother, although not formally trained, was a soprano. Rossini was taught and encouraged at home until he eventually enrolled at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. After graduation from that institution, the young musician was commissioned by the Venetian Teatro San Moise to compose La cambiale di Read more matrimonio, a comedy in one act. In 1812, Rossini wrote La pietra del paragone, for La Scala theater in Milan and was already, at the tender age of 20, Italy's most prominent composer.
In 1815, Rossini accepted a contract to work for the theaters in Naples, where he would remain until 1822, composing prolifically in comfort. He composed 19 operas during this tenure, focusing his attention on opera seria and creating one of his most famous serious works, Otello, for the Teatro San Carlos. While he served in this capacity, Rossini met and courted Isabella Colbran, a local soprano whom he would eventually marry. Other cities, too, clamored for Rossini's works, and it was for Roman audiences that he composed the sparkling comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville, 1816) and La cenerentola (Cinderella, 1817).
In 1822, Rossini left Naples and embarked on a European tour. The Italian musician was received enthusiastically to say the least, and enjoyed fame and acclaim everywhere. Even Beethoven, at the opposite stylistic pole in the musical scene of the day, praised him. The following year, Rossini was commissioned to write Semiramide, a serious opera, for La Fenice, a theater in Venice. This work was less successful in its own day than some of his previous efforts, but spawned several arias that remain part of any vocalist's songbook. In 1824, Rossini traveled, via London, to Paris where he would live for five years and serve as the music director at the Théâtre Italien from 1824 to 1826. The composer gained commissions from other opera houses in France, including the Paris Opéra. Rossini composed his final opera, Guillaume Tell (1829), before retiring from composition in that genre at the age of 37. Its overture is not only a concert favorite but an unmistakable reflection and continuation of Beethoven's heroic ideal. The catalog of work Rossini had written at the time of his retirement included 32 operas, two symphonies, numerous cantatas, and a handful of oratorios and chamber music pieces. After moving back to Italy, Rossini became a widower in 1845. His marriage to Isabella Colbran had not been particularly happy, and shortly after her death, the composer married Olympe Pelissier, a woman who had been his mistress.
In 1855, Rossini, along with his new bride, moved once again, this time settling in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He spent the remaining years of his life writing sacred music as well as delectable miniatures for both piano and voice (some of which he called "sins of my old age"). He was revered from the time he was a teenager until his death. Rossini was buried in Paris' Père Lachaise cemetery in proximity to the graves of Vincenzo Bellini, Luigi Cherubini, and Frédéric Chopin. In 1887, Rossini's grave was transferred from Paris to Santa Croce, in Florence, in a ceremony attended by more than 6,000 admirers.
Rossini's chief legacy remains his extraordinary contribution to the operatic repertoire. His comedic masterpieces, including L'Italiana in Algeri, La gazza ladra, and perhaps his most famous work, Il barbiere di Siviglia, are regarded as cornerstones of the genre along with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi. Read less
Rossini: Complete Overtures Vol 4 / Benda
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572735   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Mose In Egitto / Serafin, Taddei, Lazzari, Rossi-Lemeni
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Catalog: 442100   Number of Discs: 2
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Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 3 / Benda, Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570935   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: La Cenerentola / Zedda, Didonato, Et Al
Release Date: 09/20/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8660191-92   Number of Discs: 2
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Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Bartoli, Camarena, Zurich
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001808509   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Il barbiere di Siviglia: La calunnia è un venticello

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    Non Solo Buffo / Carlo Lepore, Giovanni Velluti
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2563 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod  ... 
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    60 Jahre Munchner Rundfunkorchester: Great Singers Live
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900309 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
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    Voices Of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidò  ... 
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Boje Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
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    Montemezzi: L'amore Dei Tre Re (Moore, Grace)
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 032 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Italo Montemezzi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi
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    Carlo Colombara - The Art Of The Bass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110612 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Colombara
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    Popular Opera Arias
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300250 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Ruth-Margaret Pütz,  Franz Crass,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Giuseppe Patané,  Horst Stein  ... 
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    Operatic Arias / Samuel Ramey
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26980 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Gottfried Greiner,  Heinrich Weber
    Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte
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    Great Singers Live - Nicolai Ghiaurov
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900304 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre,  Alfredo Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Orchestra
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    Historical Collection - Alfredo Kraus,  Boris Christoff, Renata Scotto
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33683 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Fulton,  Renata Scotto,  Boris Christoff,  Alfredo Kraus
    Conductor:  Bruno Amaducci,  José Collado
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    New Year's Concert 2011 From Teatro La Fenice / Harding
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 4047 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Poli,  Luca Pisaroni,  Désirée Rancatore
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
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    Rossini: Great Moments From The Barber Of Seville / Domingo, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437841 Release Date: 12/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Frank Lopardo,  Placido Domingo,  Kathleen Battle,  Ruggero Raimondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    André Pernet - Recordings 1928-1946
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10184 Release Date: 12/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Hector Berlioz,  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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    Adamo Didur Vol 1 - Recordings 1901-1916
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10073 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopoldo Mugnone,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Stanislaw Moniuszko,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
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    Georg Hann Edition Vol 4 - Mozart, Rossini, Smetana
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10103 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eugène d' Albert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Walther Ludwig
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    50 Best Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57531 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Margareta Lilowa,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Ursula Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Bernard Haitink,  Rafael Kubelik,  Peter Schneider  ... 
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    Favourite Rossini Arias / Ricciarelli, Horne, Baltsa, Ramey
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48399 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Katia Ricciarelli,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani,  Enzo Dara  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Gabriele Ferro,  Ion Marin  ... 
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    Bad Boys / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778091 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Balcarras Crafoord
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Highlights / Abbado, Prey
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423584 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Stefania Malagú,  Renato Cesari,  Luigi Alva,  Paolo Montarsolo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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    Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala (1983)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001326309 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Grace Bumbry,  Renato Bruson,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Montserrat Caballé  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Kim Borg
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89698 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Otto Nicolai,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
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    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Concert 2008
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 4029 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Barbara Frittoli,  Walter Fraccaro
    Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Prima Voce - Cesare Siepi
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7942 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Cesare Siepi
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Arturo Basile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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