One of the greatest and the most popular Italian opera composers, Gioacchino Rossini earned unparallel international fame throughout his brilliant career. Triumphs of Rossiniís operas in Italy were followed by his endless hits in France and the rest of Europe. Rossini made enormous contributions to the opera genre. Rossini replaced the endless recitatives with singing. Like Mozart before him, Rossini designed leading roles using bass singers. Rossini wrote most of the leading female roles for Mezzos and contraltos. Rossini composed 39 operas, great number of sacred music and chamber music.
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