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Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (Composer)

Born: 29th February 1792, Pesaro

Died: 13th November 1868, Paris

Nationality: Italian

Gioachino Antonio Rossini 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.

Further Reading: Rossini

 Recording of the Week, Amici e Rivali - Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee

The two American tenors trade vocal fireworks in a thrilling all-Rossini programme which pays homage to Andrea Nozzari and Giovanni David, who created major roles in several of the composer's operas for Naples.

 Interview, Lawrence Brownlee on Rossini

The American tenor talks to Katherine about today's Recording of the Week Amici e Rivali, which sees him exploring friendship and rivalry in Rossini's Neapolitan operas with his compatriot Michael Spyres.

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