Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was an Italian composer who became known above all for his 39 operas. They are all characterized by richly ornamented coloratura singing - entirely in the tradition of bel canto.
His most famous operas include Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian woman in Algiers), La Cenerentola (Cinderella), but also Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims), La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) are often on the programme of opera houses worldwide. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), which is known today mainly for its overture, is Rossini’s last opera.
When he was able to negotiate a lifelong pension in 1830 (his employer, the French King Charles X, had to abdicate during the July Revolution), he devoted himself entirely to his second passion, cooking: “The maestro and I, we live to eat, and we perform this task conscientiously,” his wife once wrote. The refined and rich cuisine of the Rossinis was known throughout Paris. Even long after his death, Rossini was celebrated as one of the “pillars of food culture in France”. Today “à la Rossini” means above all: with goose liver and lots of truffles.