This morning in the premises of the Associazione Stampa Estera in Italia, Rome, the XXXV edition of the Rossini Opera Festival was presented to the press. Those present included the new President, Matteo Ricci, Mayor of Pesaro; the General Administrator, Gianfranco Mariotti; the Artistic Director, Alberto Zedda; the President of the Fondazione Rossini, Oriano Giovanelli; the Director of the Critical Edition published by the Fondazione Rossini, Ilaria Narici.
The programme includes the first performance of the critical edition of Aureliano in Palmira, the last but one of Rossini’s operas to be revived in Pesaro, directed by Mario Martone; Luca Ronconi’s new production of Armida and the new semi-staged version of Il barbiere di Siviglia by the Accademia di Belle Arti of Urbino. The young singers from the Accademia Rossiniana will perform Il viaggio a Reims, the six string quartets will be led by Salvatore Accardo, the Petite messe solennelle conducted by Alberto Zedda, and besides the VI session of the Péchés de vieillesse there will be concerts, recitals and lectures.
To honour the memory of Claudio Abbado, on the evening before the opening night, the Festival will show the 1984 production of Il viaggio a Reims in Piazza del Popolo.