William Tell
Gioachino Rossini


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Rossini's opera — best-known for its overture — climbs four places

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.