The XXXV edition of the Rossini Opera Festival is closing with very respectable box-office figures: although there was one opera performance less than in 2013, the box-office has registered 15,270 tickets sold, to a total of 947.000 euro. The presence of foreign visitors accounts for 63.5%, confirming the Festival’s capability of attracting an audience coming from all the continents: France and Germany are still in the lead, while Japan (the third) outstrips England. The strong presence of Russian visitors continues to increase (+30% in comparison with 2013). Good numbers also from the U.S.A., Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Besides Italy, 36 nations are represented: apart from those already mentioned, spectators have come to Pesaro from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Holland, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey and the Ukraine.
A large number of journalists also come from abroad; representatives (besides the Italians) have come from 26 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Vatican City, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, England, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, the U.S.A., South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the Ukraine, Hungary and Uruguay.
The second performance of Armida was televised on the following day by Rai5. Rai Radio 3 broadcast all the Festival operas live on Euroradio. The three operas were also heard live the whole world over online and, in delayed transmission, from 18 to 23 August on the Rai Radio3 website. For the first time a Rof performance (the Petite messe solennelle) was transmitted live in audiovideo on the web, thanks to Opensky satellite technology. Rai News interviewed Carmen Romeu live from Pesaro on the afternoon of the first performance of Armida. The WFMT Radio Network of Chicago (which organizes programmes for more than 350 American radio stations) is going to produce a two-hour programme on the Rof, which will be broadcast at the end of November, in the framework of a series about the major international festivals.
A troupe from the Rai 3 programme Prima della prima was in Pesaro for three days, filmimg rehearsals for the realization of an episode entirely devoted to Armida. The Tg3 Marche has televised live three times from Piazza del Popolo and the Adriatic Arena.
Besides the great names of the international critical faculty, Pesaro was visited by representatives of some of the most important theatres and musical institutions: the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Japan Opera Foundation, the De Vlaamse Opera, the Deutsche Oper, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Semperoper Dresden, the Opéra National de Lyon, the Opéra National du Rhin, the Opéra Nice-Côte d’Azur, the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, the Ricordi publishing house, and AGIS.