The Rossini Opera Festival and Pesaro Creative City of Music UNESCO support the #operaunesco petition, promoted by Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, president of the UniVerde Foundation. With this petition we ask the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take action to prepare a dossier for the candidacy of "The Belcanto and the Italian Opera", in collaboration with the lyrical foundations, music conservatories and cultural, professional and other organizations involved, as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
"The Rossini Opera Festival" says president Daniele Vimini "has since 1980 as its own mission the rediscovery and restitution to the fans of the entire world of Gioachino Rossini's opera. The audience of the ROF, in fact, is mostly foreign (in recent years it has reached 70%). On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death, the Festival has collaborated with the Ministries of Cultural Heritage, Education and Foreign Affairs through a dense series of events held in the Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes of about thirty cities all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Sidney, from Los Angeles to Moscow."
The Mayor of Pesaro Matteo Ricci adds: "Following the recognition of Pesaro as a UNESCO Creative Music City, we have chosen the head office of the organization, in Paris, for the presentation of the 2018 Festival. In 2019, this international activity will be revived, even in light of the Celebrations for the 40th edition of the Festival. "
"We therefore adhere to the petition, which strongly reiterates the profound meaning of melodrama as one of the highest expression of our national culture" concludes Daniele Vimini. "The opera is one of the most prestigious business cards that our country can present outside its borders: one of the most distinguished and appreciated product Made in Italy, through which we can promote our language and our culture in the most effective way in the world. In other words, it is an inimitable intangible heritage and of incalculable cultural and economic value, which we undertake, on our part, to continue to promote abroad in collaboration with our national institutions. "