Throughout 2018 Rai Cultura recalled the work and figure of Gioachino Rossini on the 150th anniversary of his death, which took place on 13 November 1868. The tribute to the composer from Pesaro ends with a cycle of operas dedicated to "Rossini serio", on air from 4 to 25 November every Sunday morning at 10.15 on Rai5: four events with historical productions by the Rossini Opera Festival.
Sunday, November 4, Demetrio and Polibio, a two-act drama for music on a libretto by Vincenzina Viganò Mombelli, staged at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 2010 and on the bill next summer for the 40th edition of the Pesaro festival. The production was created by Davide Livermore, with the scenes and costumes by the students of the Scuola di Scenografia dell'Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. Corrado Rovaris, music director of the Philadelphia Opera Company, conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini Symphony. The prestigious cast included María José Moreno (Lisinga), Victoria Yarovaya (Demetrio / Siveno), Yijie Shi (Demetrio / Eumene) and Mirco Palazzi (Polibio), alongside with the Chamber Choir of Prague. First opera written by Rossini at the age of fourteen on the commission of a family of actors, the Mombelli, and remained unpublished until 1812, Demetrio and Polibio had a big success at the Teatro Valle di Roma, confirmed in successive revivals. The production, which uses the tricks created by the wizard Alexander, stems from the suggestion that the characters, after the show, continue to inhabit the stage in the form of ghosts. Television directed by Tiziano Mancini.
The second event, Sunday 11 November, is Moses in Egypt, a tragic-sacred action on a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola staged at the Rossini Opera Festival in 2011 by Graham Vick and Roberto Abbado on the podium of the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Then, on Sunday 18 November, here is Zelmira, the two-act drama for music which inaugurated the Rossini Opera Festival in 2009 under the direction of Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and the musical direction of Roberto Abbado, leading the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. The cylce will be closed, on Sunday 25 November, by Il viaggio a Reims, the historical production staged in world premiere at the Rossini Opera Festival in 1984 with the musical direction of Claudio Abbado leading his Chamber Orchestra of Europe and directed by Luca Ronconi, with the scenes and costumes by Gae Aulenti.