More than 25% more applications than were received last year have come in for the auditions for participation in the Accademia Rossiniana 2014, the permanent seminar dedicated to study of the problems involved in modern bel canto interpretation, directed by Alberto Zedda. The Accademia, following its well-tried formula, offers students and listeners lessons in vocal interpretation and acting, lectures on various subjects, master classes and meetings with artists engaged for the operas presented in the Rossini Opera Festival.
The aspiring students number 265, and come from 41 countries in the five continents: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brasil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, Croatia, Esthonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Greece, Hong Kong, England, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Moldavia, Holland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, The U.S.A., South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, the Ukraine and Hungary.
The auditions will be held from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd March at the Teatro Rossini. The Accademia Rossiniana 2014 will take place from the 3rd to the 18th July. During the course, the subjects considered suitable will be chosen to participate in the closing concert of the Accademia, scheduled for the 18th July; furthermore, a selected group of pupils will take part in performances of Il viaggio a Reims which will be staged on the 13th and 16th of August as part of the “Festival Giovane”, an integral part of the programme of the XXXV Rossini Opera Festival.