Many people, not knowing “exactly” the circumstances, still marvel that Gioacchino Rossini retired from the opera (not from music) in 1829 at the age of thirty-seven. There were rumors in the world press and especially in Paris during the completion of his penultimate opera, Le Comte D’Ory, that his next opera, Guillaume Tell would be his last.
Sombre foret , desert triste et sauvage ,
Je vous prefere aux splendeurs des palais
Brooding forest, moorland spaces,
How great the pleasures you inspire!
To yonder heights where the storm –wind races,
Calmly my heart will confess its desire