Today in World History: February 20th

Gioachino Rossilini’s The Barber of Seville premiered on this day in 1816. A classic opera, it tells the love story of Count Almaviva, and a pupil at a nearby medical school, Rosina. It is regarded as a classic, adapted from the first play of the Figaro Trilogy. The music sung in the opera was written in a mere three weeks, the usual writing time for Rossilini, who reportedly wrote two operas a year, sometimes reaching four. Rossilini himself wrote more than thirty-five operas in his life, until his death in 1868 at the age of seventy-six, although, as his birthday was on the 29 of February of 1792, his age could also be described as nineteen. Some of his most famous works include the famous overture from William Tell.

“Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind.”

-Gioachino Rossini

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