The Artistic Director of the Rossini Opera Festival Ernesto Palacio will succeed Alberto Zedda as the Director of the Accademia Rossiniana. The Academy, which since its beginnings in 1989 has formed a new generation of artists who have been successful in theatres all over the world, will take the name of the recently deceased maestro from Milan.
Now that his career as a singer is over, Ernesto Palacio has discovered and launched several notable artists of the new bel canto generation and is considered one of the leading international experts on the vocal style of Rossini. His repertory consists of about eighty operas (no fewer than 20 of them by Rossini) besides over a hundred vocal compositions including oratorios, masses and others. He has made 40 recordings, including 10 works of Rossini’s.
Ernesto Palacio has sung in the leading international opera houses (among these, La Scala, Milan, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and the Rome Opera, the San Carlo, Naples, the Regio, Turin, the Comunale, Bologna, the Verona Arena, La Fenice, Venice, and, abroad, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, New York, Covent Garden, London, the Liceu, Barcelona, the Colon, Buenos Aires, the Opernhaus, Zürich, the Bayerischer Staatsoper, Munich) under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Thomas Schippers, James Levine, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Peter Maag, Riccardo Chailly, Georges Prêtre and Alberto Zedda.
It will, therefore, be Maestro Palacio who will hold the auditions for participation in the Accademia Rossiniana 2017 beginning today, Monday 27th March, at the Teatro Sperimentale, Pesaro. This year requests for admission totaled 307, a number never previously attained.