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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Paris, the Rhineland, and Return to Italy (1835–1846)

Paris, the Rhineland, and Return to Italy (1835–1846)

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(p.127) Chapter Thirteen Paris, the Rhineland, and Return to Italy (1835–1846)
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Rossini
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Richard Osborne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0013

Since Gioachino Rossini’s return to Paris in 1830, he had taken to writing occasional items for individual singers and particular social gatherings, principal among which was the salon of the dazzling, sexually wayward Cristina Belgiojoso-Trivulzio, whose activities on behalf of the Italian liberation movement caused Klemens Wenzel von Metternich to think her one of the most dangerous woman in Europe. Rossini had made a brief visit to Bologna in the summer of 1834 and was about to go there again when, in June 1836, the banker Lionel Rothschild proposed a trip to Belgium and the Rhineland. Rossini was generous in his praise of the landscapes, towns, churches, cathedrals, and paintings of the Flemings and Rhinelanders. Rossini finally arrived back in Bologna in late November. He missed Olympe Pélissier, but plans were afoot to bring her to Italy after what was, in the end, an amicable agreement that Isabella Colbran and he should apply for a formal separation.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Paris, Cristina Belgiojoso-Trivulzio, von Metternich, Lionel Rothschild, Rhineland, Olympe Pélissier, Italy, Isabella Colbran

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