The first edition of the Crescendo per Rossini project, promoted by the Rossini Opera Festival and by the Fondazione Rossini with a contribution from the Consorzio Marche Spettacolo, in collaboration with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pesaro and under the patronage of the Assessorato alla Pubblica Istruzione della Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino and of the Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Pesaro, was the subject of a summing-up press conference at Palazzo Montani Antaldi. Among those present were Gianfranco Mariotti, Sovrintendente of the Rossini Opera Festival; Oriano Giovanelli, president of the Fondazione Rossini; Claudia Rondolini, director of the project; Gloriana Gambini, cultural councillor for the town council of Pesaro; Ivana Iachetti, a member of the cultural sector for the Marche region; Maurizio Gennari, President of the Conservatorio Rossini of Pesaro; Gianfranco Sabbatini, President of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pesaro.
The project arose out of the need for students from higher secondary schools to learn how to listen to opera – with all possible listening aids – opera being a cultural patrimony particularly relevant to our region, thanks to the presence here of the Conservatorio G. Rossini, the Fondazione Rossini and the Rossini Opera Festival.
This enterprise has developed following educative seminars, activated by the Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per le Marche, to allow teachers to plan and realize educational courses specifically aiming at educating the ear and introducing students to opera.
Crescendo per Rossini forms part of a project of the Consorzio Marche Spettacolo – Refresh! Lo spettacolo delle Marche per le nuove generazioni – which gathers together the most important private sectors in the region operating in live theatre performances.
The course, co-ordinated by Prof. Claudia Rondolini, has taken the form of preparatory lessons aiming at getting to know Rossini from the historical and artistic point of view, and others designed to lead to listening to an opera with understanding, by means of the use of audio-visual materials.
A laboratory phase was included in which students mastered the constitutional elements of an opera: words, music and acting.
In order to familiarize students with the historical and cultural patrimony of the town of Pesaro guided tours were organized to some of the places connected with the image of our town’s most illustrious son: the library of the Fondazione Rossini and the Teatro Rossini.