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Rossini and Musical Style

Rossini’s Abstract Comedy Rossini’s Ambition Rossini desperately wanted to be successful, respected, and loved. While every composer shares these ambitions, rarely do all three come to fruition in his or her lifetime. However, Rossini did just that. Born into a musical family that could barely make ends meet, Rossini’s difficult childhood—and his homeland’s foreign occupation—motivated […]

Composer Biography

Gioachino Rossini Known as “The Swan of Pesaro,” Rossini was the most popular composer of the first half of the 19th century. Rossini’s highly ornate musical style revolutionized the art form, inaugurating the “Golden Century” of Italian opera. VITAL STATISTICS Born: February 29, 1792, Pesaro, Italy Died: November 13, 1868, Passy, France (suburb of Paris) Nationality: Italian Genre: Classical […]

The Barber of Seville Synopsis

  The Barber of Seville Synopsis ACT I Outside the house of Dr. Bartolo in Seville. Accompanied by the servant, Fiorello, and a group of hired musicians, Count Almaviva serenades his beloved Rosina from beneath her window. Along comes Figaro – barber, doctor, matchmaker, and self-styled “factotum” to all of Seville. Figaro informs the Count, […]