The opera and music festival ROSSINI IN WILDBAD was founded in 1989 to commemorate a memorable spa stay by Gioachino Rossini in Wildbad in 1856, which probably led to his famous last working period under the title "Les pechés de viellesse" ("Sins of my last age"), which he begun on German paper with the "Musique anodine" for his second wife Olympe Pélissier. She was responsable for the decision to visit Wildbad instead of other, more fashionable spas like Gastein.