Title: Figaro’s Aria
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Born: 29 February 1792, Pesaro, Italy
Died: 13 November 1868, Paris, France
Gioachino Antonio Rossini was an Italian composer famed for his 39 operas. He also composed chamber music, songs and piano pieces. He retired in his thirties, at the height of his success, after setting new standards for comic and serious operas. His parents were both musicians, his father played the trumpet and his mother was a singer.
The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa of two acts. It premiered in 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome. It is one of Rossini’s greatest masterpieces of comedy and is still a popular work 200 years later.