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More Than Just A Pretty Overture: Rossini's 'William Tell'

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It's not just "Hi-ho, Silver!" — there are four whole acts, not to mention that apple and bow.

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Rescue Reversed: Rossini's 'L'Italiana in Algeri'

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The plot is wacky and not at all politically correct, but Rossini's cross-cultural opera shattered another stereotype: that of the damsel in distress.

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Rossini's Overlooked 'Otello'

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Giving some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the 'Othello' story in its first operatic version — written some 70 years before Verdi's far more famous work.

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