The second opera on the bill at the 40th Rossini Opera Festival, Demetrio e Polibio, returns to Pesaro where it was first offered to audiences exactly 200 years after its composition, in 2010, conducted by Corrado Rovaris and staged by Davide Livermore, with scenery and costumes by the Accademia di Belle Arti, Urbino, and lighting by Nicolas Bovey. The production will be revived this summer with a new cast at the Teatro Rossini on the 12th, 15th, 18th and 23rd August at 8.00 p.m.
Paolo Arrivabeni will conduct the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini. The cast features Jessica Pratt (Lisinga), Cecilia Molinari (Demetrio-Siveno), Juan Francisco Gatell (Demetrio-Eumene) and Riccardo Fassi (Polibio).
The first performance, on Monday 12th August, will be broadcast live by Rai RadioTre.
Demetrio e Polibio, a dramma serio per musica in two acts to a libretto by Vincenzina Viganò Mombelli, is the first of Rossini’s operas, composed when he was about 18 years old (1810). However, it was not performed until the 18th May 1812, at the Teatro Valle, Rome, on which occasion the composer was not present.