This evening’s performance, the fourth of Demetrio e Polibio, will bring to a close the 40th edition of the Rossini Opera Festival. The box office has registered the presence of 16.500 spectators and an intake of 1.125.000 euros, the third highest figure in the Festival’s history.
The presence of foreign visitors has been calculated as 62%, representing 36 nations from every continent, from Argentina to New Zealand. The leading countries are France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, the United States, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Ireland, China, Australia and Holland.
Journalists accredited to the ROF 2019 totalled 167, a number never before realized in the history of the Festival. Articles about the ROF have been written by journalists coming from 30 countries all over the world (not including Italy): Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, South Korea, Vatican City, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, England, Luxembourg, Mexico, Holland, Oman, Peru, Poland, the Czech Republic, Rumania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the Ukraine.
The Rai-Radiotelevisione Italiana has given the strongest coverage. RadioTre has broadcast live the first perormances of all three of the main operas on the bill (Semiramide also on the Euroradio circuit). As for television, thanks to the collaboration with Rai Cultura – to which the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, principal collaborator with the ROF, also belongs – Rai5 has also taped Semiramide, which will be telecast in the autumn.
Together with the great names of the international critical faculty, representatives of some of the most important theatres and musical institutions were present in Pesaro: the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, the Frankfurt Opera, the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, the Klangvokal Musikfestival, Dortmund, the Opéra National de Lorraine, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Palau de les arts, Valencia, the Opera de Tenerife, the Royal Opera House, Muscat, De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, the Teatro Nacional São Carlos, Lisbon, the Theater Basel, the Greek National Opera, the Florence May Festival, the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, the Teatro Regio, Turin, the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, the Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, the Verdi Festival, Parma, the Macerata Opera Festival, the Donizetti Festival, Bergamo.
The forty-first Rossini Opera Festival (8-21 August 2020) will offer three new productions: Moïse et Pharaon (conductor: Giacomo Sagripanti; stage director: Pier Luigi Pizzi; Eisabetta regina d’Inghilterra (conductor: Evelino Pidò; stage director: Davide Livermore); La cambiale di matrimonio (conductor: Dmitry Korchak; stage director: Laurence Dale).