ROF 2020: the challenge was met

20 August 2020
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This evening the 41st edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will come to an end with the fifth performance of La cambiale di matrimonio; the Festival has been realized by means of enormous efforts of organization in prohibitive conditions and with little time to spare. Our decision to go on stage was announced on the 19th May and the work on staging could only be begun on the 3rd June, as soon as the smartworking phase had been achieved, in an Italy still closed to any inter-regional journeys. The first onstage rehearsal of the production was held on the 13th July, 40 days later.

In little more than a month, therefore, an enormous quantity of activity was accomplished: the construction of the setting of La cambiale di matrimonio (300 cubic metres), transported by means of 5 articulated lorries 12 metres long; the construction of a platform 230 metres square which covered all the orchestra stalls of the Teatro Rossini up to the level of the stage, in order to allow the orchestra to play observing correct social distancing; the creation of an arena in Piazza del Popolo, with a stage 330 metres square and an orchestra pit 140 metres square, not to mention an audience space beneath the stars 2.300 metres square in which the other concerts might be performed. All of this rigorously respecting the security rules imposed to ensure the health of the artists, the stage artisans and the audience.

The box office has registered 5.900 ticket-holders and a total intake of 195.182 Euros. Despite the impediments to international travelling, the percentage of foreigners present is calculated at 33%, with 14 nations represented; in order of numbers present: France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, The United States, Hong Kong, Greece, Finland, Luxembourg and Chile.

In order to renew our bonds with the numerous audience who, above all abroad, have not been able to be in Pesaro this summer, the opening night was broadcast in live streaming free of charge on the website and on the Festival social channels, with the Cantata Giovanna d’Arco and the opera La cambiale di matrimonio. The transmission was also broadcast as part of the ItaliaFestival project Estate all’Italiana promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs throughout its network of Embassies, Consulates and Institutes of Italian Culture. The evening reaped a record number of 23.000 listeners.

With the same intention of broadening our audience and increasing free of charge their acquaintance with Rossini’s music, the first and last performances of Giovanna d’Arco and La cambiale di matrimonio were video-projected live in Piazza del Popolo. Furthermore, the concert cycle Concerti al Museo (short, exclusive concerts taking place at the Museo Nazionale Rossini) was transmitted live in its entirety on the Facebook page of the ROF.

Programme ROF in autumn

Programme ROF 2021