Here is the 2018 Rossini Opera Festival programme

21 December 2017

For 2018, a year dedicated to celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death, the Rossini Opera Festival has decided to present a particularly demanding programme with more novelties than ever presented before.

The principal operas on the bill, from the 11th to the 23rd of August, are all new productions (Ricciardo e ZoraideAdina and Il barbiere di Siviglia); to these will be added the Petite messe solennelleIl viaggio a Reims by pupils of the “Alberto Zedda” Accademia Rossiniana, and numerous other concerts and recitals.

To go into more detail, Ricciardo e Zoraide will be conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, with the  Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Chorus of the Teatro Ventidio Basso (chorus-master Giovanni Farina), staged by Marshall Pynkoski, making his ROF debut, with choreography by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, sets by Gerard Gauci, costumes by Michael Gianfrancesco and lighting by Michelle Ramsay. The cast will consist of Juan Diego Flórez, Sergey Roamanovsky, Pretty Yende, Nicola Ulivieri, Victoria Yarovaya, Xabier Anduaga, Sofia Mchedlishvili, Martiniana Antonie and Ruzil Gatin.

With regard to Adina, a co-production with the Wexford Festival Opera, Diego Matheuz will make his first appearance in Pesaro conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and the M. Agostini Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna (chorus-master Mirca Rosciani). The production will be by Rosetta Cucchi, with sets by Tiziano Santi, costumes by Claudia Pernigotti and lighting by Daniele Naldi. The singers are Vito Priante, Lisette Oropesa, Levy Sekgapane, Matteo Macchioni and Davide Giangregorio.

The third new production will be Il barbiere di Sivigliaconducted by Yves Abel at the head of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Chorus of the Teatro Ventidio Basso, staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi assisted by Massimo Gasparon. The cast will be Maxim Mironov, Pietro Spagnoli, Aya Wakizono, Davide Luciano, Michele Pertusi, Elena Zilio and William Corrò.

The programme will be completed by Il viaggio a Reims given by the pupils of the Accademia Rossiniana (conducted by Hugo Carrio, staged by Emilio Sagi); concerts by Lisette Oropesa, Eleonora Buratto, Michele Pertusi and Carlo Lepore; an evening dedicated to Grandi scene rossiniane, with Nicola Alaimo introduced by Remo Girone, directed by Michele Spotti; the Cabaret Rossini with Massimo Ranieri, Antonio Ballista at the piano and the singers Anna  Bonitatibus, Sofia Mchedlishvili and Ruzil Gatin. The concluding performance will be the Petite messe solennelle conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the M. Agostini Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna, with Carmela Remigio, Daniela Barcellona, Celso Abelo and Nicolas Courjal.