May is a month full of Rossini anniversaries. The first is La scala di seta
, staged on May 9, 1812 at the Teatro San Moisè in Venice. The farce was proposed for the first time at the Rossini Opera Festival in 1988
directed by Maurizio Scaparro and conducted by Gabriele Ferro, a production resumed two years later
and conducted by Antonello Allemandi. In 2000
, a new production was staged by Luca De Filippo and conducted by Alberto Zedda and Maurizio Benini. In 2009
the new production by Damiano Micheletto, conducted by Claudio Scimone, then resumed in 2011
with José Miguel Pérez-Sierra on the podium, became one of the most exported productions by the Festival in its history.
The second anniversary is that of Demetrio and Polibio
, performed on 18 May 1812 at the Teatro Valle in Rome. At the Rossini Opera Festival it was presented in 2010
in the staging by Davide Livermore and conducted by Corrado Rovaris; in 2019
the same staging is resumed with Paolo Arrivabeni on the podium.
The third anniversary concerns L'Italiana in Algeri
, staged on 22 May 1813 at the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice. The opera was presented for the first time at the Rossini Opera Festival in 1981
staged by Egisto Marcucci and conducted by Donato Renzetti. Marcucci’s production was resumed the following year
with the same conductor. In 1994
Dario Fo signed a new production conducted by David Robertson, revived in 2006
under the direction of Donato Renzetti; in 2013
Davide Livermore staged a new production, conducted by José Ramón Encinar.
The last birthday is that of La gazza ladra
, premiered at the Teatro alla Scala on 31 May 1817. The Rossini Opera Festival was inaugurated in 1980
with this opera. The direction was entrusted to Gianandrea Gavazzeni , while the staging was by Sandro Sequi. The set-up was revived the following year
with Alberto Zedda on the podium. In 1989
Michael Hampe signed a new production with Gianluigi Gelmetti as conductor. In 2007
Damiano Micheletto staged a new production with Lü Jia on the podium; in 2015
, the same production was conducted by Donato Renzetti.