Season greetings from Sovrintendente Mariotti

20 December 2013

The XXXV edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will offer three new productions.

The first ever performances of the Fondazione Rossini’s critical edition of Aureliano in Palmira, edited and conducted by Will Crutchfield, will be performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and the Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna; the production will be staged by Mario Martone, who will be assisted by his usual creative team (Sergio Tramonti for the settings and Ursula Patzak for the costumes).

The second opera on the bill, Armida, will call upon Luca Ronconi to realize a new production of Rossini’s masterpiece, twenty years after he first staged in Pesaro the story of the heroine of Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata. He will be assisted by Margherita Palli (settings), Giovanna Buzzi (costumes) and Michele Abbondanza (choreography). The Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, will be conducted by Roberto Abbado.

The third production, Il barbiere di Siviglia, will be given in a semi-staged production by the Accademia di Belle Arti, Urbino, which will be responsible for scenic props and limited stage movement, while Giacomo Sagripanti will conduct the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna.

The prospectus is completed by the Petite Messe Solennelle, which will close the Festival in the orchestrated version only recently published in the critical edition of the Fondazione Rossini, edited by Davide Daolmi, which will be relayed live in video in Piazza del Popolo; the traditional Viaggio a Reims, always eagerly awaited as a showcase for unfledged bel canto artists from all over the world; the Bel Canto Concerts; the latest selection from the Péchés de vieillesse; the Incontri (Meetings) organized together with the Fondazione Rossini.

The XXXV Rossini Opera Festival (10-22 August 2014) will open with Armida on the 10th August at the Adriatic Arena.


May you all enjoy the holidays!


The Sovrintendente

Gianfranco Mariotti