Il Viaggio A Reims
|Title||Il Viaggio A Reims|
|Paper Size (W x H)||24 x 19 ins|
Il Viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims) is an operatic “dramma giocoso” in one act by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Luigi Balocchi. It was commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the French King, Charles X, in Rheims in 1825 and it is based, in part, on Corinne, ou L'Italie by Mme de Staël. The opera was first performed in Paris in 1825. Il Viaggio a Reims was Rossini's last opera in the Italian language; all of his later works were in French.
It has been acclaimed as one of Rossini's finest compositions and it is a demanding work, requiring 14 soloists. The overture is typical of Rossini's grander music, crafted for a heavy but precise, high spirited performance. It appears later as a ballet in Le Siège de Corinthe and although it was not played at the 1825 premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims, it has since never faded from the classical repertoire.
The opera tells the story of a group of European aristocrats on the way to the coronation of Charles X in Rheims, who are stranded in a hotel a day's journey away because of a lack of horses to transport them. Various romances and rivalries transpire while they try to sort out the dilemma. They eventually resolve by pooling their resources and having a big party. The opera is filled with wit and amusement. This stunning work of art is based upon a scene in Il Viaggio a Reims and is produced, in accordance with the artist’s customary technique, using only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine.
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera, and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks.Find out more