The second opera on the bill at the ROF 2017 is La pietra del paragone, to be heard on the 11th, 14th, 17th and 20th August at 8.00 p.m. at the Adriatic Arena, and already presented at the Palafestival for the ROF in 2002 by Pier Luigi Pizzi, who has now re-elaborated the production to fit the wider stage available.
This opera has not been heard at the Festival for fifteen years. For this revival the critical edition, realized in 2002 by Patricia B. Brauner and Anders Wiklund, has been revised and brought up to date in accordance with the publication of the score, which will take place during the course of the year.
The opera was composed for La Scala in 1812 and was Rossini’s first real success in a great theatre. The score perfectly matched the light-headed satire of the new bourgeoisie offered by Luigi Romanelli’s libretto.
Pizzi’s subtly ironical production places the unlikely plot in an elegant villa equipped with swimming pool, suggesting the nineteen-twenties and Scott Fitzgerald, but with costumes from the ‘seventies. The fatuous, middle-class characters pass their days on the telephone, or divided between tennis, the hunt and the gym.
Daniele Rustioni will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale of the RAI and the Chorus of the Teatro Ventidio Basso. The young and athletic cast will include the Festival debutants Gianluca Margheri and William Corrò, together with ex-pupils of the Accademia Rossiniana, now well-known singers, such as Aya Wakizono, Aurora Faggioli, Marina Monzò, Maxim Mironov, Davide Luciano and Paolo Bordogna.
The first performance of the opera is programmed for the 11th August at 8.00 p.m., and will be broadcast live by RaiRadioTre.