La gazza ladra opens the XXXVI Rossini Opera Festival

7 August 2015

The thirty-sixth edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will be launched on Monday 10th August. The bill includes a new production, La gazzetta, realized on the basis of the recent re-discovery of a bulky Quintet, and also the revival of two particularly interesting stagings: La gazza ladra, staged in 2007, and L’inganno felice, which has not been seen since 1994.

Beside these three main operatic productions: Il viaggio a Reims, performed by young singers from the Accademia Rossiniana; the Messa di Gloria; the usual series of Concerts (featuring Chiara Amarù, Olga Peretyatko and Nicola Alaimo); two new numbers in the ongoing series Rossinimania (entrusted to the harpist Paola Perrucci and to the wind players of the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini); the seventh and last session in the complete performance of all the Péchés de vieillesse, in collaboration with the Ente Concerti di Pesaro, the Accademia Musicale Napoletana and the Fondazione Rossini; the concluding Stabat Mater, with the intriguing addition of its live video-projection in Piazza del Popolo; the childrens’ opera course Il viaggetto a Reims; the traditional talks by musicologists from the Fondazione Rossini.

La gazza ladra (to be performed on the 10th, 13th, 16th and 19th August at the Adriatic Arena at 8.00 p.m.) is a showpiece for the Rossini Opera Festival, since, on the 28th August 1980, it inaugurated the first Festival. Curiously enough, the bill also included, like this year, L’inganno feliceLa gazza ladra will be revived in the staging devised by Damiano Michieletto, whi was so highly thought of as to be awarded an Abbiati Prize by the Italian critical faculty for the best show of the year. Michieletto, assisted by his imperishable creative team (Paolo Fantin for the sets, Carla Teti for the costumes and Alessandro Carletti for the lighting), transfers the fatal actions of the magpie to a young girl who, as the story unfolds, dreams of taking the magpie’s place, thus adding the higher flights of poetic fancy to the prosaic details of the detective story. The cast features young singers to add a modern touch to the atemporal behavior of a world of country people oppressed by violence, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, conducted by Donato Renzetti. The singers include Nino Machaidze, Marko Mimica, Alex Esposito, René Barbera, Lena Belkina, Simone Alberghini, Teresa Iervolino, Matteo Macchioni, Alessandro Luciano, Riccardo Fioratti, Claudio Levantino, not forgetting Sandhya Nagaraja in the title rôle of the magpie.

La gazzetta, the second opera on the agenda (on the 11th, 14th, 17th and 20th August at 8.00 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini), will be given in a new staging by Marco Carniti. Enrique Mazzola will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, with a youthful and sparkling cast: Nicola Alaimo, Hasmik Torosyan, Maxim Mironov, Vito Priante, Raffaella Lupinacci, José Maria Lo Monaco, Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore, Dario Shikhmiri and Ernesto Lama.

The third opera on the programme is L’inganno felice, at the Teatro Rossini on the 12th, 15th, 18th and 21st August at 8.00 p.m. A very rarely performed opera, it returns to Pesaro after no fewer than 21 years, in Graham Vick’s production. Denis Vlasenko will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and the singers will be Mariangela Sicilia, Vassilis Kavayas, Davide Luciano, Carlo Lepore and Giulio Mastrototaro.