Gioachino Rossini once said: "give me a
shopping list and I'll set it to music." Rossini started writing what would be a
prolific number of operas starting in his teen years; by the time he was 37 he
retired. His last opera, William Tell, was the story of Switzerland's great folk
hero. The opera's overture became famous far beyond the world of opera when it
was used as the theme song for "The Lone Ranger".