Gioachino Rossini, the famous Italian composer, was born on this day in 1792. He was born in the town of Pesaro in central Italy, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Pesaro is located between Ancona and Rimini, and one can visit the house of Rossini’s birth there. At the moment of Rossini’s birth, the town was part of the Papal States, so the famous composer was one of their citizens.
Rossini composed as many as 39 operas during his career, including the famous Barber of Seville (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia). The character Figaro from that opera was also the subject of one of Mozart’s works. It is for this reason that Rossini is sometimes known as “The Italian Mozart”.
In addition to his musical work, Rossini is remembered as a great gourmand. He found great delight in fine food, and also personally enjoyed cooking. A specialty called Tournedos Rossini, which contains truffles, foie gras and Madeira sauce, was named after the great composer.