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Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Tuesday 26 June 2007 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Tuesday 26 June 2007 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Tuesday 12 August 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
When Rossini moved to Naples, the then capital of the operatic world, he met the prima donna who was to become Mrs Rossini, Isabella Colbran. He also met Beethoven in Vienna, who advised him to stick to comedy. Happily for posterity, this was advice he ignored. The programme includes excerpts from his tragic masterpiece Ermione, which Rossini liked to call his 'little William Tell'.