The Rossini Opera Festival gets under way on Saturday 11th August 2018

8 August 2018

Three new productions to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death

Saturday 11th August will see the inauguration of the XXXIX edition of the Rossini Opera Festival, which will last until the 23rd August in Pesaro.  For 2018, a year dedicated to solemn celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini, the Rossini Opera Festival has decided to present a progamme particularly demanding from the production point of view, with a never before seen richness of novelties.  The three main operas on the bill are all new productions (Ricciardo e Zoraide, Adina and Il barbiere di Siviglia); to these will be added the Petite messe solennelle, Il viaggio a Reims sung by young pupils of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda” and numerous other concerts, recitals and lectures.


More particularly, Ricciardo e Zoraide will be conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Chorus of the Teatro Ventidio Basso (Chorus Master Giovanni Farina), and staged by Marshall Pynkoski, making his ROF debut, assisted by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg (choreography), Gerard Gauci (Settings), Michael Gianfrancesco (costumes) and Michelle Ramsay (lighting).  The cast includes Juan Diego Flórez, Sergey Romanovsky, Pretty Yende, Nicola Ulivieri, Victoria Yarovaya, Xabier Anduaga, Sofia Mchedlishvili, Martiniana Antonie and Ruzil Gatin.


Where Adina is concerned, a co-production with the Wexford Festival Opera, Diego Matheuz, appearing in Pesaro for the first time, will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini (Chorus Master Mirca Rosciani).  The production  is conceived and directed by Rosetta Cucchi, with Tiziana Santi (settings), Claudia Pernigotti (costumes) and Daniele Naldi (lighting).  The singers are Vito Priante, Lisette Oropesa, Levy Sekgapane, Matteo Macchioni and Davide Giangregorio.


The third new production will be Il barbiere di Siviglia,  conducted by Yves Abel with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Chorus of the Teatro Ventidio Basso, staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi in collaboration with Massimo Gasparon.  The cast consists of Maxim Mironov, Pietro Spagnoli, Aya Wakizono, Davide Luciano, Michele Pertusi, Elena Zilio, William Corrò and Armando De Ceccon.


To fill out the programme we offer Il viaggio a Reims performed by students of the Accademia Rossiniana (conducted by Hugo Carrio with the Filarmonica Rossini, the production by Emilio Sagi rehearsed by Elisabetta Courir, costumes by Pepa Ojanguren), together with the operatic game for children Il viaggetto a Reims; concerts by Lisette Oropesa, Yolanda Auyanet, Michele Pertusi and Carlo Lepore; the evening dedicated to the Grandi scene rossiniane, with Nicola Alaimo introduced by Remo Girone and the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini conducted by Michele Spotti; the Cabaret Rossini conceived by Emilio Sala and Filippo Crivelli, with Massimo Ranieri, Antonio Ballista at the pianoforte and the voices of Anna Bonitatibus, Sofia Mchedlishvili, Ruzil Gatin and DanieleAntonangeli, which will also be projected in live video in Piazza del Popolo.  The concluding evening will consist of the Petite messe solennelle conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini, with Carmela Remigio, Daniela Barcellona, Celso Albelo and Nicolas Courjal.  This concert will also be projected in live video in Piazza del Popolo.


Two particularly interesting talks will precede the video-projections of Cabaret Rossini and the Petite messe solennelle: on the 18th August at 8.30 p.m. the Mayor of Pesaro, Matteo Ricci, and the General Administrator of the ROF, Ernesto Palacio, will discuss the present state of work on the realization of the Rossini Museum and the PalaScavolini; on the 23rd August, also at 8.30 p.m., the President of the ROF, Daniele Vimini, and the Honorary President and also President of the Comitato delle Celebrazioni rossiniane, Gianfranco Mariotti, will discuss the events to take place in Rossini 150. 


The first three operas on the programme will be broadcast live on RaiRadioTre and also on streaming audio on the Rai website.  Furthermore, Euroradio will broadcast Ricciardo e Zoraide and Adina abroad.  Ricciardo e Zoraide will be telecast by Rai5 on the 30th August at 9.15 p.m. to conclude a cycle of performances from the ROF programmed for the whole month of August on Italy’s national cultural wavelength.


Beginning from this summer visitors to the ROF, the greater part of whom come from abroad, will be able to follow on their own smartphone or tablet the librettos of the operas, translated into several languages, thanks to the free app Lyri, downloadable on, visualizing the sung texts during the performance in the language of their choice.