Il barbiere di Siviglia, the second opera on the programme (to be performed on the 11th, 14th, 17th and 20thAugust at 8.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini), will be semi-staged by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. For years the faculty of Scenography of this Accademia offers its pupils, as an annual exercise in the course, the planning and partial realization of the scenery and costumes of one of the Festival productions, under the guidance of the stage director engaged for that opera. This year, however, the pupils have taken charge of the planning and the complete realization of the production, which has also involved the Institute’s entire department of Progettazione ed Arti applicate, including the section Visual e Motion Design, which has undertaken the projections.
The action takes place onstage, in the stalls and in the side boxes, which become the balconies of Bartolo’s house. The orchestra is in the pit, but much of the action takes place in the house, behind the conductor Giacomo Sagripanti, who is greatly amused by all this. The orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna and the Coro San Carlo di Pesaro take part. The cast mingles habitués of the Festival and of Rossini such as Paolo Bordogna and Alex Esposito together with young but already experienced singers like Chiara Amarù, Juan Francisco Gatell, Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore and, for the first time at the Rof, Florian Sempey and Felicia Bongiovanni.