The ROF is looking ahead

27 July 2020

The 2020 edition of the Rossini Opera Festival, re-adapted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to  watch over the safety of artists and audiences as much as possible, will be held between the 8th and 20th of August. Click here for the detailed program.

One new production will be presented, La cambiale di matrimonio, to be staged at the Teatro Rossini on the 8th, 11th, 13th, 17th and 20th August.  The orchestra will be seated in the orchestra stalls and the audience will view the performance from the boxes, in order to maintain social distancing.     

The opera will be conducted by Dmitry Korchak, making his début as an orchestral conductor on this occasion, the orchestra being the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini; the cast will consist of Carlo Lepore (Tobia Mill), Giuliana Gianfaldoni (Fannì), Davide Giusti (Edoardo Milfort), Iurii Samoilov (Slook), Pablo Gálvez (Norton) e 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 2021.  The evenings dedicated to La cambiale di matrimonio will be augmented by the cantata Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) sung by Marianna Pizzolato.

The opening night of August 8th will be transmitted in streaming free of charge on the Festival website, in order to give the many spectators who this year will not be able to come to Pesaro an opportunity to keep up their contact  with the festival even from a distance of thousands of kilometres.  The performance will also be projected live  in Piazza del Popolo.

The other venue used for performances will be this very Piazza del Popolo,  which has become a symbolic stage for the ROF: after historic concerts in the past (Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballé, June Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti) in recent years it has become a meeting place for all our citizens on the occasion of the last concert of the season, projected onto the great screen.  This year, the Piazza will once more return to house live events.  The programme envisages, on the 12th and 15th August, two performances of Il viaggio a Reims, staged every year by Emilio Sagi (costumes by Pepa Ojanguren) and rehearsed by Elisabetta Courir as part of the activities of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”.  This year the cast will consist 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.  Giancarlo Rizzi will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini.

Six concerts will also be given in Piazza del Popolo by some of the leading Rossini singers of today: 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 Nagele 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 ex-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 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 work, dedicated to the memory of the victims of Covid-19; a moving ceremony of mourning that has been, at the same time, both personal and collective.  Entrance will be free of charge, but seats should be reserved (information: 0721.3800294).  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.

But the ROF is looking ahead, and for the year 2020 will present a complete novelty: an autumn section of the event, between the 1st and 29th of November.  The programme includes the Concluding Concert of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”, postponed for obvious reasons to October instead of the usual month of July (1st November); a selection from the Péchés de vieillesse performed by the pianist Alessandro Marangoni (14th November); three performances of the sparkling Barbiere di Siviglia staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi at the ROF 2018 (25th, 27th and 29th November), conducted by Michele Spotti; and lastly, two performances of the classic Viaggio a Reims directed by Emilio Sagi and rehearsed by Elisabetta Courir, with pupils of the Accademia Rossiniana conducted by Alessandro Cadario (26th and 28th November).

With regard to the ROF 2021, which will be held between the 9th and the 21st August, the programme includes three new productions: Moïse et Pharaon, conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti and staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi; Il signor Bruschino, conducted by Michele Spotti and  staged by the colleagues Barbe and Doucet; Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra, conducted by Evelino Pidò and staged by Davide Livermore (with settings by Giò Forma and costumes by Gianluca Falaschi).  Furthermore, a staged version of the Stabat Mater, directedby Massimo Gasparon and conducted by Jader Bignamini.