Rossini links Bel Canto with Grand Opera.
His iconic, comic opera The Barber of Seville, is the only one of his operas to be continuously performed well into the 20th century and to this day.
His serious works, such as Semiramide and Ermione, are now recognised as masterpieces for singers who have the appropriate technique to be able to perform them. In the latter half of the 20th Century that included Dame Joan Sutherland and Canadian mezzo/contralto,
Marilyn Horne. Today, Cecilia Bartolli is considered a worthy exponent.
Rossini's final opera, Guillaume Tell, has a vast sweep comparable to the works in the 19th century by Verdi, Mussorgsky and Wagner.