Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday to: Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini was born on this day, Leap Year Day, in 1792. Composer of more than 30 operas, plus sacred music and chamber works ... creator of the classic Il barbiere di Siviglia -- said by many to be the most popular comic opera of all time -- and William Tell, which gave The Lone Ranger his catchy theme ... it was actually Rossini's Tancredi and L'italiana in Algeri that put a young Rossini on the map. Some songs from Tancredi were so popular, in fact, that Italians would stand around in law court, singing the melodies in crowds, until the judge would tell them to cut it out.

Well, I'm pleased to report to you all that Maestro Rossini's birthday is being honored today by way of a Google Doodle:


And for me, I'd like to honor Maestro Rossini's birthday by bringing you clips of *some* of my Rossini faves ... of course, it's all mezzo-soprano repertoire.







Happy Birthday, Maestro Rossini!!!

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