The 42nd edition of the Rossini Opera Festival was introduced this morning at the Teatro Rossini. Those present included the President of the ROF Daniele Vimini, the Deputy Mayor of Pesaro, the General Administrator Ernesto Palacio and the Mayor of Pesaro Matteo Ricci.
The President Daniele Vimini opened the meeting by saying: “The Festival is going back to its traditional venues after what might in some ways be termed the experimental edition of 2020, in which, for obvious reasons, we had to invent solutions, such as the Festival in Piazza del Popolo, which we can repeat, if useful, in the years to come, here we are back in the Teatro Rossini and at the Vitrifrigo Arena. We are not yet ready to go back to the Auditorium Scavolini, which we have to put off to a future date when we can arrange a full re-inauguration. We welcome with pleasure the return of our foreign audiences who, though not yet in quantities comparable with previous years, will once more be present in the theatres of Pesaro, and this will favourably influence the economic advantages the Festival brings to the town. With regard to the rules governing the admission of audiences to theatres, the Green Pass will be necessary, or instead proof of vaccination with one of the vaccines recognized in Europe, or a test negative resulting taken at least 48 hours before entering the theatre.”.
The General Administrator Ernesto Palacio said: “We heartily thank all the Festival staff, because this year also everyone has had to work in difficult conditions caused by anti-Covid restrictions. This year the Festival has been very much engaged in new productions: we offer four new productions, three (Moïse et Pharaon, Elisabetta and the Stabat Mater) postponed from 2020 to this year, and a new Signor Bruschino, totalling 25 shows. The 2021 edition is dedicated to the memory of Graham Vick, the English producer who was one of the greatest directors of modern opera, who was responsible for five valuable productions at the ROF. Elisabetta is a co-production with the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, while Il signor Bruschino is a co-production with the Royal Opera House Muscat and the Teatro Comunale, Bologna. This year no fewer than 15 artists will make their first appearances at the ROF, while 13 ex-pupils of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda” take part in the casts, proving the value of the new generation of singers that we are cultivating here in Pesaro. Dulcis in fundo, the 2022 ROF progamme will include: two new productions, Le Comte Ory (conducted by Diego Matheuz; staging by Hugo de Ana) and Otello (conducted by Yves Abel; staged by Rosetta Cucchi), and also the revival of La Gazzetta staged by Marco Carniti, which will be conducted by Carlo Rizzi”.
The Mayor of Pesaro, Matteo Ricci, closed the speeches by saying:”It is a great satisfaction to have been able to re-organize the ROF in great style and with an extraordinary programme: a complex machine, which has a deep need for programming. My compliments all round, everyone has worked with great professionalism. The programme is intense and rich, with first-rate artists. The ROF represents a matter of pride for the country, President Mattarella will be here with us to reinforce the image of Pesaro in Italy and in the world. It will be an impressive homage to the town, we shall strive to organize everything as well as possible and we are sure that the President will appreciate our efforts. The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi will also be in Pesaro, and his presence will not be coincidental, since the bond between music and training is very strong in our town. We are happy, for to be admired by our country fills us all with pride. We are striving to reinforce our town’s profile: our double candidature as a cultural capital demonstrates our strategy. We want to be one of the liveliest of towns from the cultural point of view, and the ROF is our visiting card. A Festival that manages to astonish, year after year."