This evening the XXXVIII edition of the Rossini Opera Festival closes with the Stabat Mater. The box office has registered 15.868 ticket purchasers (making it the fourth Festival in our history with regard to audiences) and an intake of 1.060.404 Euros (the third highest in our 38 years of activity).
The percentage of foreigners attending has been calculated as 70%, with no fewer than 42 foreign nations present and some new arrivals, such as Georgia and New Caledonia. In the first place come France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the USA, Japan, Austria and Russia. Articles about the Rof have been written by journalists coming from 21 countries from all over the world (not including Italy): Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Vatican City, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, England, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan.
Rai Radio 3 has broadcast live the first performances of the three principal operas produced in the Festival (Le siège de Corinthe also on the Euroradio circuit). Furthermore, the three operas were heard all over the world live on line on the Rai Radio3 website. The first performance of Il viaggio a Reims on the 14th August was broadcast live in streaming on the website, on the YouTube channel, on the Facebook page and on the Rossini Opera Festival Twitter account.
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 Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden, the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, the Theater Bonn, the Theater Augsburg, Rossini in Wildbad, the Théâtre du Châtelet de Paris, the Palau de les arts de Valencia, the Opera de Tenerife, the Opéra National de Lyon, De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, the Teatro Nacional Sâo Carlos de Lisbona, the Opera Wroclaw, the Japan Opera Foundation, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, the Teatro Regio, Parma, the Teatro Massimo, Palermo.
The XXXIX Rossini Opera Festival (11-23 August 2018) will offer three new productions: Ricciardo e Zoraide(conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti; stage director: Marshall Pynkoski), Adina (conductor: Diego Matheuz; director Rosetta Cucchi) and Il barbiere di Siviglia (conductor: Yves Abel; director Pier Luigi Pizzi), as well as the Petite Messe Solennelle, which will close the Festival by solemnly commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini.