Pesaro, UNESCO Creative City for Music and Italian Capital of Culture 2024, and the Rossini Opera Festival will participate in the celebrations for the Italian Republic Day 2022 to be held in Paris Wednesday, June 8 at 6 pm at the UNESCO headquarters, United Nations agency promoting peace and understanding between nations through education, science, culture, education and information. The UNESCO Creative Italian Cities of Alba, Fabriano and Carrara will be also present at the event.
Pesaro will be represented by Mayor Matteo Ricci, by the Intendant of the ROF Ernesto Palacio and by the General Director Cristian Della Chiara. The Festival will offer a Rossini recital with the tenor Pietro Adaíni, accompanied by the pianist Rubén Sánchez-Vieco. The programme includes arias from Otello, La Cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia. The ROF is returning to Paris after having presented the 2018 edition at the UNESCO headquarters; in the same year, on 14 November at the Grand Amphithéâtre of the Sorbonne University we celebrated the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s passing with the Petite Messe Solennelle. The 2019 edition, on the occasion of the Italian Republic Day, was also presented at the Italian Institute of Culture in Paris.
The Mayor of Pesaro, Matteo Ricci, presents the appointment: "The link between Pesaro and Paris is solid and consolidated over the years. Pesaro is a UNESCO creative city for music, and we are very happy to meet here the friends of Alba, Carrara and Fabriano, linked to us through the UNESCO network. This is the first appointment of the great promotional activity of our city in view of 2024, when Pesaro will be the Italian Capital of Culture and will represent Italy in the world".
The Intendant of the ROF, Ernesto Palacio, says: "We return with great pleasure to the headquarters of UNESCO, which goes to great lengths to promote culture as an instrument of union among people: an activity that is invaluable in this difficult period. We have a very close bond with Paris which is the city where Rossini lived the second half of is life. Recently we have held several initiatives in Paris and in the Italian Institutes of Culture in France, and now that health restrictions are being overcome we are also here to relaunch our activity of spreading Gioachino Rossini’s legacy in the Embassies and Italian Institutes of Culture around the world".