The central attraction of the XXXIV edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will be a new production of Guillaume Tell. Rossini’s imposing score about the legendary Swiss archer will be performed in the original French and without cuts (the performance will last about 5 hours) and the new production will be by Graham Vick, who returns to Pesaro after his 2011 production of Mosè in Egitto, winner of the Abbiati Prize. An event within the event will be Juan Diego Flórez’s first performances of the difficult rôle of Arnold.
The second new production will be L’Italiana in Algeri, entrusted to the visionary inspiration of Davide Livermore, after his great success with Ciro in Babilonia in this year’s Festival. This will be the third staging of this opera offered by the Festival to its audiences, after those by Egisto Marcucci and Dario Fo.
The third opera will be a revival of L’occasione fa il ladro in the historic staging by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, considered one of his masterpieces, already seen at Pesaro and at La Scala, Milan.
The programme will be completed by a concert performance of La donna del lago as closing event of the Festival, with a live video-projection in Piazza del Popolo, and the traditional Viaggio a Reims, an eagerly awaited display of young singers from all over the world specializing in bel canto, which will conclude the Festival giovane - the Young People’s Festival.