Rossini was an Italian Opera composer of the Romantic period. He wrote 29 operas. His overtures to The Barber of Seville, William Tell, and La Gaza Ladra are among the works regularly performed in concert halls. He was from a long family of musicians. He was well established as a composer by the age of 21.
He was a prolific composer and claimed to write the Barber of Seville in just twelve days. He was passionate about food and enjoyed cooking. In his later years he was well known as a chef.