Why Famous: Most famous for his 39 operas, Rossini also composed a large variety of other pieces—songs, chamber music, etc.
Perhaps most notably, Rossini raised the bar for comic and tragic operas and then, in his thirties, and at the height of his fame, suddenly retired. This sudden withdrawal from a promising career is, on the whole, still inexplicable.
Some idea can be drawn from the deterioration which followed, as by the early 1850s many friends of Rossini were worried for his sanity.
Upon returning to Paris in 1855, however, he seems to have had a second wind—establishing a salon of international renown, which he hosted each Saturday.
- 1822-03-16 Italian opera composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini weds 1st wife, opera singer Isabella Colbran, in Bologna
- 1846-08-16 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini marries 2nd wife Olympe Pélissier in Paris
- 1804-04-22 Gioachino Rossini (12) performs in Imola
- 1815-12-15 Gioachino Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia
- 1816-02-20 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
- 1817-01-25 Gioachino Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) premieres in Rome
- 1818-06-10 Pesaro opera theater opens with Gioachino Rossini's "La gaza ladra"
- 1821-12-28 Composer Gioachino Rossini moves to Bologna
- 1823-02-02 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
- 1823-12-13 Gioachino Rossini arrives in London
- 1824-07-30 Gioachino Rossini becomes manager of Theatre Italian, Paris
- 1825-06-19 Gioachino Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims" premieres
- 1828-08-20 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Le Comte Ory" premieres in Paris
- 1829-08-03 Gioachino Rossini's last and greatest opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) premieres at Salle Le Peletier in Paris
- 1842-01-07 Gioachino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris
- 1855-04-26 Composer Gioachino Rossini leaves Italy
- 1864-03-14 Gioachino Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" premieres in Paris
- 1887-05-02 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence
- 1902-06-23 Monument to composer Gioachino Rossini unveiled in Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
- Gioachino Rossini - Biographical Sketch and Opera Chronology - Rossini Opera Festival
- Rossini, Gioacchino - Ricordi