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RossiniHis Life and Works$
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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Paris (1824–1829)

Paris (1824–1829)

(p.92) Chapter Ten Paris (1824–1829)

Richard Osborne

Oxford University Press

Gioachino Rossini’s return to Paris in July 1824 was relatively brief. Affairs in Bologna needed seeing to before what promised to be a protracted stay abroad. His mother was no longer in the best of health, and plans for the renovation of his newly acquired palazzo were already running into difficulties. Since the end of the Napoleonic wars, the French capital had been inundated with arrivistes from the provinces and abroad, swelling the ranks of an increasingly influential bourgeoisie. By 1830, 55 percent of the registered electors of Paris were immigrants to the city. Rossini had arrived in the right place at the right time. Over the next 12 years, he would write three new operas and renovate two others, preside over a famous chapter in the history of the Théâtre Italien, add considerably to his personal fortune, and secure his long-term financial future. It was a formidable achievement, though there were times when expectation outran events.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Paris, Bologna, arrivistes, operas, Théâtre Italien

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