ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL
THE ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL TURNS 40
From 11 to 23 August in Pesaro: Semiramide, L’Equivoco Stravagante, and Demetrio e Polibio
This summer the Rossini Opera Festival will be reaching its fortieth edition. Created in 1980, through the years the Festival has rediscovered the complete opera production of Gioachino Rossini, a composer who had been known for a long time only for his buffo operas. Thanks to the support of the musicologists from the Fondazione Rossini, the ROF has recovered and offered some thirty masterpieces to opera lovers worldwide. These masterpieces, presented in their original edition, are mainly serious operas that had been completely forgotten by opera houses.
The Festival soon became the destination of Rossini’s fans from all over the world, enthusiasts who were literally chasing rare operas: 70% of the Festival’s audience comes from abroad.
The fortieth edition will be held in Pesaro from 11 to 23 August. There will be two new productions: Semiramide, conducted by Michele Mariotti and staged by Graham Vick; and L’Equivoco Stravagante, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. A previous production of the rarely performed Demetrio e Polibio, conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni and staged by Davide Livermore, is also presented by the Festival. The principal orchestra of the Festival is the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale delle Rai-Radiotelevisione Italiana.
The Festival’s program also includes Il Viaggio a Reims performed by the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”; a Gala with some of today’s most important interpreters of Rossini (Juan Diego Flórez, Lawrence Brownlee, Angela Meade, Erwin Schrott, Nicola Alaimo, Paolo Bordogna, Michele Pertusi); the Cantata La Riconoscenza; the Soirées Musicales; two lyric Concerts with Orchestra; two Belcanto Concerts.