Gioachino Rossini

Fun Facts

  • Born on February 29, Rossini only had nineteen actual birthdays in his lifetime.

  • Rossini had completed an opera by age eighteen, and achieved international fame by the time he was twenty.

  • Rossini was nicknamed “Monsieur Crescendo” by those who felt he overused the crescendo in his compositions.

  • Rossini claimed to have completed his famous opera, The Barber of Seville, in just twelve days.

  • William Tell, Rossini's last opera, is rarely performed; however, the opera's overture is one of the most famous pieces in classical music.

  • A lover of fine foods and an amateur chef, Rossini dedicated some of his piano arias to entrées and desserts.

  • The vocals in Rossini's operas were extremely demanding, and he never allowed his singers to improvise.

  • At the age of thirty-eight, Rossini suddenly retired from composing operas; he had written thirty-nine.

  • The premier performance of Rossini's The Barber of Seville was a colossal failure.

  • Notoriously lazy, Rossini sometimes reused themes and melodies in his operas.

  • Though he married twice, Rossini had no children.

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