The 41st Rossini Opera Festival is launched

3 August 2020

The 41st edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will be launched on Saturday 8th August at 8.30 p.m. at the Teatro Rossini.  The first night, introducing the new production of La cambiale di matrimonio  as well as the cantata Giovanna d’Arco, will be transmitted free of charge in streaming on our web site and on the social pages of the Festival, to offer the many spectators who cannot come to Pesaro this year the opportunity to keep up their bond with the Festival even though many thousands of kilometers away.  Furthermore, the opera will be broadcast live on RaiRadio3.

La cambiale di matrimonio, scheduled for performance at the Teatro Rossini on the 8th, 11th, 13th, 17th and 20th August, will be conducted by Dmitry Korchak, making his début as an opera conductor on this occasion at the ROF. with the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and a cast consisting of Carlo Lepore (Tobia Mill), Giuliana Gianfaldoni (Fanny),  Davide Giusti (Edorado Milfort), Iurii Samoilov (Slook), Pablo Gálvez (Norton) and Martiniana Antonie (Clarina).  Laurence Dale will stage the opera, assisted by Gary McCann, scenery and costumes, and Ralph Kopp. lighting.  The opera is a co-production with the Royal Opera House of Mascate, where it will be staged again in January.  In the same programme with La cambiale di matrimonio  Marianna Pizzolato will sing the cantata Giovanna d’Arco.

The second operatic production on the programme is  Il viaggio a Reims, staged by Emilio Sagi (costumes by Pepa Ojanguren) and rehearsed by Elisabetta Courir as part of the activities of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”.  Owing to the postponement of the Academy’s courses to October, this time the cast will be composed of ex-pupils of the Academy who have already begun important careers: Maria Laura Iacobellis, Chiara Tirotta, Claudia Muschio,  Claudia Urru, Matteo Roma, Pietro Adaini, Nicolò Donini, Diego Savini, Michael Borth, Jan Antem, Alejandro Sánchez, Antonio Garés, Carmen Buendía, Valeria Girardello, Francesca Longari, Oscar Oré, Elcin Huseynov.  Giacomo Rizzi will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini.  The performances will be given on the 12th and 15th August in Piazza del Popolo.

Six orchestral concerts will also be given in Piazza del Popolo featuring some of the leading Rossini singers of roday: Olga Pereyatko (9th August), Nicola Alaimo (10th August), Jessica Pratt (14th August),  Juan Diego Flórez (16th August), the buffo trio Alfonso Antoniozzi, Paolo Bordogna and Alessandro Corbelli (18th August), Karine Deshayes (19th August).  The orchestra will be the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, conducted by emerging talents, the young conductors Michele Spotti, Nikolas Nägele and Alessandro Bonato.

Another novelty of the 2020 Festival will be the Concerti al Museo (Museum Concerts) to be held inside the Museo Nazionale Rossini by some of the pupils of the Academy present in Pesaro: the pianist Giulio Zappa will accompany Nicolò Donini (11th August), Manuel Amati (13th August), Claudia Muschio (14th August) and Maria Laura Iacobellis (16th August).

As a preview to the ROF 2020, on Thursday the  6th August at 8.30 p.m. in the Piazza del Popolo there will be a performance of the Petite messe solennelle, Gioachino Rossini’s last sacred masterpiece, dedicated to the memory of the victims of Covid-19: a moving ceremony of a mourning that has been. at one and the same time, both personal and collective.  The Mass will be performed in its original version for two pianos and harmonium. Alessandro Bonato will conduct the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini (chorus master Mirca Rosciani)  with a cast composed of Mariangela Sicilia (soprano), Cecilia Molinari (Mezzo-soprano), Manuel Amati (tenor) and Mirco Palazzi (Bass). The pianists will be Giulio Zappa and Ludovico Bramanti, with Luca Scandali at the harmonium.