On Wednesday 14th August, at 11.30 a.m., the Auditorium Pedrotti will be the scene of the latest episode of Rossinimania, the line that the Rossini Opera Festival has chosen to pursue in order to explore the veritably maniacal fever for Rossini that inflamed the cultural world of Europe in the nineteenth century.
This time even the title of the performance, ‘Rossini aujourd’hui’, suggests a rather special programme: this consists of six pieces especially written for the guitarist Eugenio Della Chiara, a native of Pesaro, by contemporary Italian composers.
The musical numbers, by Davide Anzaghi, Pippo Molino, Paolo Ugoletti, Alessandro Spazzoli, Marco Reghezza and Roberto Tagliamacco, will be the main feature in Della Chiara’s second recording: a tribute to Gioachino Rossini. The fill-up on the disc will be Paganini’s Grande Sonata per chitarra sola: although we are dealing here with a composition born of an autonomous musical inspiration, with no direct connection with Rossini’s music, in all its spontaneity – sometimes sweet and melancholy, sometimes merry and virtuosic – it allows us to glimpse the vitality of bel canto that only a few years later would become the trade-mark of the operas of Rossini.
Having begun his studies with Simona Barzotti, Eugenio Della Chiaia won a diploma cum laude
at the Pesaro Conservatorio, under the guidance of Giuseppe Ficara. A decisive influence on his development was his meeting Piero Bonaguri, whose courses he has followed at the Scuola Grande San Filippo at Faenza. In 2008 and 2010 he won scholarships conferred by the Fondazione Rossini. He pursues an active concert career: in particular we might mention his Japanese début, at the Vangi Museum of Shizuoka, in June 2013. The same year he graduated in Humanities at the Università Cattolica di Milano, submitting his thesis on Rossini’s La Cenerentola, which won full marks cum laude. His first CD, Attraverso i Secoli, was received by the critics with “true admiration”.