ROF 2018: Record attendance numbers and takings

24 August 2018

Strong support by Rai: Rai5 will soon show

Ricciardo e Zoraide and a special number of In scena


The XXXIX edition of the Rossini Opera Festival closed last night with the Petite messe solennelle.  The box office has registered 18.300 ticket purchasers and an intake of 1.392.000 Euros, and these figures are the highest so far in the history of the Festival.

The percentage of foreigners attending is calculated as 67%, with no fewer than 45 nations represented among which,  for the first time,  Bahrein, Guadalupe and Macedonia.  In the first place come France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, the USA, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and Russia.

Articles about the ROF have been published by journalists coming from 25 countries all over the world (not including Italy): Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Vatican City, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, England, Mexico, Peru, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, the USA, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Venezuela.

The Rai-Radiotelevisione italiana has been a constant support.  Radio 3 has broadcast live the first nights of the three operas on the programme (Ricciardo e Zoraide and Adina  were also transmitted on the Euroradio circuit), as well as the concluding Petite messe solennelle.  Furthermore, on television, thanks to our collaboration with Rai Cultura – to which also belongs the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the main collaborator with the ROF – Rai5 has dedicated to our Festival all the operatic programmes to be televised during the month of August, the last of which will be on Thursday 30th at 9.15 p.m., and will be Ricciardo e Zoraide, the opera which opened the 2018 Festival.  A troupe from Rai Cultura has, moreover, filmed various phases of the Festival in preparation for a documentary in the series In scena, which will be broadcast on Rai5 on Thursday 4th October at 9.15 p.m.

Both performances of Il viaggio a Reims were broadcast live in streaming on the Festival website, on the YouTube channel and on the Rossini Opera Festival Facebook page.

Together with the great names of the international critical faculty, representatives of some of the most important theatres and musical institutions were present in Pesaro: the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, the Semperoper, Dresden, the Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen, the Rossini Festival, Wildbad, the Palau de les arts, Valencia, the Tenerife Opera, the Royal Opera House of Muscat, the Wexford Opera Festival, the Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, the Teatro Nacional São Carlos, Lisban, the Basle Opera, the Maggio Musicale, Florence, the Festival Verdi, Parma, the Teatro Regio, Turin, the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, the Festival della Valle d’Itria.

The fortieth Rossini Opera Festival (8th-20th August 2019) will offer two new productions: Semiramide (conductor: Michele Mariotti; stage director: Graham Vick) and L’equivoco stravagante (conductor: Carlo Rizzi; stage directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier).  The programme also includes a revival of Demetrio e Polibio, staged in Pesaro in  2010 by Davide Livermore, conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni, as well as a Gala Finale to celebrate the 40th edition of the Festival.