After the triumphant first performances in 2012, Ciro in Babilonia returns to the Rof (performances on the 10th, 13th, 16th and 20th August at 8.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini) as the third opera on the bill of the XXXVII Rossini Opera Festival. Jader Bignamini, a well-established conductor making his Pesaro début, will conduct the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, and a cast led by the indispensable Ewa Podles in the title role; joined by Pretty Yende (another important début at the Rof), the confirmed Rossini specialist Antonino Siragusa, the promising Oleg Tsibulko and some of the promising singers issuing from the Accademia Rossiniana: Isabella Gaudì, Alessandro Luciano and Dimitri Pkhaladze.
Davide Livermore, assisted by D-wok (video design), Nicolas Bovey (sets) and Gianluca Falaschi (costumes, for which he won the Abbiati Prize), have placed the action in the sets typical of the early cinema. Cuttings of silent films will be used (among them the complete Babilonian scene from David W. Griffith’s celebrated film Intolerance), the projection of which forms a background to the intricate biblical story, which takes on all the colouring of a colossal historical film. The show has been realized in collaboration with the Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin.