Colbran - Rossini Tomb

© photo Luigi Verdi
Giuseppe Rossini, Anna Guidarini (Gioacchino Rossini's parents)
Isabella Colbran, singer
(Gioacchino Rossini's first wife)
Giovanni Colbran
, violinist (Isabella Colbran's father)

Jules Janin, a celebrated French art critic of the 19th century, visited Bologna in 1838. There he met the composer Gioacchino Rossini, to whom he addressed these words: 'This morning I met your most fanatical admirer: an entertaining fellow, the caretaker of the Certosa, who in fact is waiting for the melancholy place to take on a different appearance and glory when you finally take up citizenship in the Bolognese abode of the dead. Rossini replied with a laugh: Ah! I touch wood and come to you. Good heavens! I could even reach an agreement with that gentleman my admirer: just have the patience to wait, don’t be in a hurry. He concluded with a wink: but I would be inclined to play for time...'

Certosa, Bologna monumental cemetery (Bologna, Italy), Main Cloister

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