Buon Compleanno, Gioachino Rossini

Google celebrates with a Rossini "leap frog doodle!" Rossini makes so many allusions to law in his operas, beginning with his first work, La Cambiale di Matrimonio (The Marriage Contract, or The Bill of Marriage) and continuing through such works as The Barber of Seville (more marriage) to his last, Guillaume Tell (William Tell).  Italian censors found this opera particularly objectionable because of its subject matter, which dealt with rebellion against the government.

Short Bibliography

Peter Goodrich, Operatic Hermeneutics:Harmony Euphantasy and Law In Rossini's Semiramis, 20 Cardozo Law Review 1649 (1998-1999).

Daniel Tritter, Dramma Giocosa, at 20 Opera Quarterly 7 (Winter 2004).