Classical Fact

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".