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Gioacchino Rossini (Portrait Gioacchino Rossini)

Gioacchino Rossini

 died 13 November, 1868, at Passy, near Paris. -->Rossini was not only the chief operatic composer of his time, but also a great innovator. Lesueur, the greatest composer of the French school, said "his ardent genius had opened a new road and marked a new epoch in musical art". In the opera seria instead of long recitatives, he substituted singing; in the opera buffa he inaugurated new comedy styles. Further, he introduced many new instruments to Italian orchestras.

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Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Washington National Opera presents Rossini's The Barber of Seville in a WNO revival production.

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