Conductor Antonio Pappano, who leads this 'William Tell.' Musacchio & Ianniello/BBC Proms hide caption

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Rossini's operatic version of Shakespeare's Othello came long before Verdi's, and is now rarely performed. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland. Clive Barda/Courtesy of Wexford Festival Opera hide caption

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Mahomet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, is a key figure in two of Rossini's operas. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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