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    SUBJECTS — Biography; Music/Opera; World/Italy;
    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Friendship; Talent;
    MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
    Age: 6 - 12; No MPAA Rating; Drama; 1996; 52 minutes; Color; Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     This is a charming tale of a little girl who finds herself magically transported in time to the opening night of Rossini's classic opera, "The Barber of Seville." The first performance has just ended. The audience didn't like the opera. Rossini, then at the beginning of what was to be a distinguished and prolific career, is thinking of giving up. The little girl helps convince Rossini to continue composing. This movie is another Composers' Special, a set of award-winning children's films presenting fictional but illustrative episodes in the lives of great composers.

    Benefits of the Movie:     "Rossini's Ghost" introduces children to Rossini, to his music, and to his most famous opera, "The Barber of Seville." It also has volumes to say about friendship.

    Possible Problems:    None.

    Parenting Points:     Around the time that your child watches this movie, play some of Rossini's music and tell your child what it is. Ask and answer the Quick Discussion Question. If your child is very interested in the film, go through some of the other Discussion Questions.


Benefits of the Movie
Possible Problems
Parenting Points
Selected Awards & Cast
Helpful Background
Discussion Questions:
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)
Bridges to Reading
Links to the Internet
Assignments, Projects & Activities

WORKSHEETS: TWM offers the following worksheets to keep students' minds on the movie and direct them to the lessons that can be learned from the film. Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. See also TWM's Historical Fiction in Film Cross-Curricular Homework Project.

    Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

      Selected Awards:  This film is a part of the "Composers' Specials." The series received the 1996 CableACE Award for Best Children's Series and was a Gemini Award Winner (Canada's Emmy) for Best Youth Program or Series. The series was also awarded the American Library Association's Recommendation to all public schools and libraries in 1996. "Rossini's Ghost" itself won the 1997 Golden Sheaf Award for Children's Production; the Oppenheim Golden Seal Award for Best Children's Videos; and the KIDS FIRST Award for Best Children's Video from The Coalition for Quality Children's Video.

      Featured Actors:  Joseph DiMambro, Melissa Pirrera, Frances Bay, Margaret Illmann, Jane Mortil, Lally Cadeau, Tony Nardi.

      Director:  David Devine.

QUICK DISCUSSION QUESTION:   How did the ballerina and the singer, who were rivals for Rossini's affections, become good friends?

Suggested Response: They didn't let their competition for something, in this case a man, get out of hand and prevent them from seeing each other as another human being worthy of being a friend.

    Helpful Background:

    Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792 - 1868) composed 37 operas, including "The Barber of Seville" and "William Tell." His operas are in the bel canto style which emphasizes the beauty of the melodic line rather than emotion and drama. Rossini was the most successful operatic composer of his time.

    In 1816 Rossini went to Rome to write operas for the audiences of that city. His first attempt was a failure, as was the second, "The Barber of Seville." However, when this opera was performed outside of Rome, it was an immediate success. "The Barber of Seville" is still one of the most popular operas in the repertoire of modern opera companies.

    In addition to writing 35 operas, Rossini wrote choral music, string quartets, music for the piano, and songs.

    Rossini, married and wealthy, retired from writing operas in 1830. He was 48 years of age and at the height of his powers. No one knows the reason for this silence. In his retirement he wrote a few religious works.

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    Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions:

    See the Quick Discussion Question.

    1.  What would have happened if Rossini had abandoned his career that evening? Do you know what compelled him to keep going?
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MOVIES ON RELATED TOPICS: This film is one of an excellent series on classical composers created specially for children ages 6 - 12. Others include: Bizet's Dream, Bach's Fight for Freedom, Strauss: The King of Three Quarter Time, and Handel's Last Chance . The first and most successful film in the series Beethoven Lives Upstairs, is appropriate for ages 9 - 12.

    Bridges to Reading: None.

    Links to the Internet: None.



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