William Tell
Gioachino Rossini

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This highest of Rossini's 3 entries, this peaked at number 116 in 2011.

After William Tell was premiered in 1829, Rossini decided to shut up shop. He didn't write any more opera for another thirty-nine years. Written as a part of his contract with the French government, William Tell went round the world. Just two months before Rossini died, he was able to be there when it celebrated its 500th performance at the Paris Opéra.

Portrait of Giorces Rossini.