Find his works performed during the concert & opera season
You can search a work on the entire concert & opera season or on a specific month by previously selecting the month using the adequate tab and then press select.
Pesaro (Italy) 29th of February 1792 - Paris (France) 13th of November 1868
He was born in a middle class family. His mother was an opera singer and his father was sympathetic to the French Revolution. His family has to move to Bologna; Gioacchino begun his musical education at the Accademia Filarmonica and followed Angelo Tesei and Father Stanislao Mattei's teaching methods.
Treading in the footsteps of Haydn and Mozart, he composed his first opera, Demetrio e Polibio at the age of 14 years old. La cambiale di matrimonio, performed at Venice was his first success in 1810. It is in this period that he started to write several operas for the Teatro alla Scala and Rome and Venice opera houses: La Pietra del paragone (1812), Tancredi (1813), L'Italiana in Algeri (1813), Il Turco in Italia (1814) but also La Cenerentola and La Gazza Ladra (1817) and of course Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816). His career is now launched in Europe.
He settled in Naples, he became musical director of the Teatro San Carlo where he found an orchestra with successful singers such as Isabella Coltran, who became his wife in 1822. He composed Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra (1815), Otello (1816), Armida (1818) and La Donna del Lago (1819). Before he left Italy, he wrote his latest Italian master piece, Semiramide for the city of Venice in1823. He moved in Paris where he became the Italian Theater's director in 1824.
He composed the scenic cantata Il Viaggio a Reims to celebrate Charles X coronation in 1825 and Le comte Ory in 1828. Many of his works are inspired of his own past opera compositions. Guillaume Tell will be his only original creation.
Due to health problems, he started to be out-of-vogue. Afraid of repeating his work and tired by his work, he decided to retired at 37 years old. He married his second wife , Olympe Pélissier in 1845.
He moved first in Bologna, then returned to Paris in 1855 and remained a personality of the musical world. He died at 76 years old in 1868 having composed a Stabat Mater (1842) and the Petite Messe solennelle (1864).
Having established the bases of the great romantic opera, Rossini was a genius and not only for the comic opera. His work remains more complex that it seems.
Rossini Opera Festival