Born: 29 February 1792, Pesaro, Italy
Died: 13 November 1868, Paris, France
Rossini was a composer famed for his thirty-nine operas. He also composed songs, chamber music, sacred music, and piano pieces. He set new standards for serious and humorous and retired from large-scale productions while at the height of his popularity in his thirties. Rossini began to compose at the age of twelve and was educated in music in Bologna. His first opera was performed in Venice in 1810 when he was eighteen.