Rossini composed Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzione (The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution) based on the play by Pierre Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville, a French comedy. Beaumarchais wrote a famous trilogy of plays, the second of which Mozart based Le Nozze di Figaro. A handful of other composers also created operas based off of the first play, and one, Paisiello, did not approve of the fact that Rossini had also written a version. Before the composition of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini was producing a large number of works in order to support his family.
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