From our archives

25 April 2023

On May 18th, 1812, the Teatro Valle in Rome staged Demetrio e Polibio, dramma serio per musica in two acts with libretto by Vincenzina Viganò Mombelli. This was the first opera composed by Gioachino Rossini around the age of 18 (1810), but it was not performed in his absence until two years later.

The opera made its debut at the ROF in 2010, under the baton of Corrado Rovaris and directed by Davide Livermore, with sets and costumes from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino and lighting by Nicolas Bovey. Rovaris conducts the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini.and the Prague Chamber Choir.In the cast familiar faces to ROF audiences such as María José Moreno (Lisinga),, Victoria Zaytseva (Siveno), Yijie Shi (Eumene) and Mirco Palazzi (Polybius).

In 2019, the performance is revived with Paolo Arrivabeni conducting the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and the Teatro della Fortuna Chorus M. Agostini. The singing company includes Jessica Pratt (Lisinga), Cecilia Molinari (Demetrio-Siveno), Juan Francisco Gatell (Demetrio-Eumene) and Riccardo Fassi (Polibio).