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. 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.

Il Viaggio a Reims