The autumn season of the Rossini Opera Festival has realized a success beyond all expectation, despite being held behind closed doors from the 14th to the 29th November through the restrictions imposed by the anti-Covid laws.
The Teatro Rossini was the scene of two concerts and five evenings of opera: a selection from the Péchés de vieillesse; two such rarities, offered together on the same evening, as the Messa di Milano and the Miserere; three performances of the sparkling Barbiere di Siviglia staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi for the 2018 ROF; two performances of the classic Viaggio a Reims staged by Emilio Sagi, rehearsed by Matteo Anselmi.
All the performances on the programme were transmitted live in free streaming on the web-site, on the Facebook page and on the Festival YouTube channel. The five opera performances were also transmitted on the ItaliaFestival webtv, while the first night of Il barbiere di Siviglia on the 25th November attracted an enormous following thanks to the direct streaming also offered by the ANSA web-site, as part of the project ANSA per la cultura. Altogether the separate viewings total 218,487, with viewers hailing from Italy and 177 other nations all over the world. Heading the list are Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium and Austria.
The development of the Festival in this unprecedented form has furthermore permitted the honouring of the contractual obligations undertaken on behalf of 258 theatrical workers (orchestras, choruses, singers, artisans and stage technicians).
The next appointment will be the 2021 ROF, which will be held from the 9th to the 21st August: the programme includes three new opera productions: Moïse et Pharaon, conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti and staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi; Il signor Bruschino, conducted by Michele Spotti and staged by the duo Barbe & Doucet; Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra, entrusted to the conductor Evelino Pidò and staged by Davide Livermore (with scenery by Giò Forma and costumes by Gianluca Falaschi). Furthermore, a new staged version of the Stabat Mater, devised by Massimo Gasparon and conducted by Jader Bignamini.