Gioachino Rossini

Other names: Gioachino Antonio Rossini[P21]


The greatest of the Italian opera composers; was the son of a strolling hornplayer. He studied music under Mattei at the lyceum of Bologna. Among his chief operas are Tancredi (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), and Guglielmo Tell (1825). He also composed a Stabat Mater (1842), and other church music. From 1821 onwards he lived chiefly in Paris.[P21]

Son of Giuseppe Rossini, an impoverished trumpeter, and Anna Guardini, a singer of secondary roles.[J92]
He learnt the violin, horn and harpsichord at 15.[J92]
Firstly married to singer Isabella Colbran, and secondly to Olympe Pélissier.[J92]
Lived in Paris permanently from 1855.[J92]

Place of birth: Pesaro[J92]
Place of first marriage: Castenaso[M3Y]
Place of death: Passy, near Paris[J92]



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