The main events of the Rossini Opera Festival will be broadcast live on Radio 3, and all over the world on the Euroradio wavelength. A true Rossini marathon of three consecutive evenings beginning with the opening of the Festival, on Saturday 10th August at 8.00 p.m., with L’Italiana in Algeri conducted by José Ramón Encinar, with the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, the production being by Davide Livermore. Anna Goryachova takes the leading role of Isabella, with Alex Esposito as Mustafà, Yijie Shi as Lindoro and Mario Cassi as Taddeo. Then, on Sunday 11th August at 6.00 p.m. the most eagerly-awaited production in this year’s Festival will be broadcast live: Guillaume Tell, offered in the French version in four acts, the one that was first produced in Paris in 1829. The thirty-three year-old Pesaro-born Michele Mariotti will conduct Rossini’s last opera for the first time; in the pit, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna.
The production of the opera has been entrusted to Graham Vick. Amongst the singers onstage we find the great Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Arnold, one of the most fearsome roles in the nineteenth-century repertory. With him are Nicola Alaimo in the title-rôle, Marina Rebeka as Mathilde, Simon Orfila as Walter Furst, Celso Albelo as the Fisherman and Amanda Forsythe as Jemmy.
The last of the three live broadcasts, on Monday 12th August at 8.00 p.m., will feature L’Occasione fa il ladro, a one-act comic opera [“burletta”] staged for the first time in Venice in 1812. Yi-Chen Lin conducts the Orchestra Sinfonica “Gioachino Rossini”, and the production is the historic one created by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The leading singers are Roberto De Candia as Don Parmenione, Elena Tsallagova as Berenice, Paolo Bordogna as Martino, Giorgio Misseri as Don Eusebio and Enea Scala as Conte Alberto.
The three operas may also be heard on streaming radio, on the website www.radio3.rai.it.