Il viaggio a Reims

Opera

Writers: Gioachino Rossini Luigi Balocchi

Context

In 1824, the famous Italian composer Rossini left Italy, and moved to Paris, France, where he already had an enormous following, and so could expect a generous salary. Before restaging any of his famous Italian works, he wrote his final opera in Italian: Il viaggio a Reims, which premiered at the Salle Louvois on 19th June 1825. Shortly before Rossini’s move, Louis XVIII of France died, and Charles X was to be crowned at Reims Cathedral on 29 May 1825. A royal funeral, and a coronation are the inspiration for much of Il viaggio a Reims, with all the pomp and ceremony of the _ancien régime

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