The ROF presented in Rome

5 July 2019

The fortieth edition of the Rossini Opera Festival was presented this morning at the headquarters of ENIT - National Agency of  Tourism.

The 2020 Festival will propose 3 new productions: Moïse et Pharaon conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti and directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi; Elisabetta, regina d’Ighilterra conducted by Evelino Pidò (debuting in Pesaro) and staged by Davide Livermore; La cambiale di matrimonio conducted by Dmitry Korchak (who will be debuting in Pesaro as a conductor) and staged by Laurence Dale, also making his debut in Pesaro.

The ROF XL, dedicated to Montserrat Caballé and Bruno Cagli, will be held in Pesaro from 11 to 23 August and will present two new productions: Semiramide, co-produced with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie of Liège, conducted by Michele Mariotti and staged by Graham Vick, L’equivoco stravagante, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and staged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier along with the revival of the the very rare Demetrio and Polibio, staged by Davide Livermore and conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni. The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI will perform in Semiramide and L’equivoco stravagante, together with the Coro del Teatro Ventidio Basso; the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini will play in Demetrio and Polibio alongside the Coro del Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini. Il viaggio a Reims sung by the students of the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda” the Gala ROF XL with some of  today's greatest Rossini singers; the Cantata La riconoscenza; the Soirées musicales in the version orchestrated by Fabio Maestri; two Lyric-symphonic Concerts; two Belcanto Concerts; the concert of the Italians Harmonists will complete the program.

Among the participants, ENIT Marketing and Promotion Director Maria Elena Rossi, the President of the G. Rossini Foundation Gianni Letta, the Intendant of the ROF Ernesto Palacio and the President of the ROF Daniele Vimini (Deputy Mayor) and the Mayor of Pesaro Matteo Ricci.

Maria Elena Rossi introduced the meeting: “In the three-year plan just approved by ENIT, cultural tourism, in its most diverse forms, is at the center of the strategy. We have analyzed various marketing studies to test the culture as a tool for positioning and narrating Italianness. Italian is the the fourth most studied language in the world and we have 250 million Italian-speaking enthusiasts of Italy and Italian history. There is therefore a unity of objectives between Enit and the Rossini Opera Festival. Indeed, the Italian National Tourism Agency focuses also on culture in order to develop seasonality extension strategies and internationalization. ENIT can be the spokesperson for this event and therefore will be able  to promote and reach customers interested in the value growth and the enhancement of culture and Italian heritage in all its prospects”.

Daniele Vimini said: “The relationship with ENIT began some years ago and is based on common goals: spreading the culture and the beauty of our country in the world. The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Rossini have seen ENIT and ROF work together for several initiatives: among them the Petite messe solennelle performed at the Sorbonne University in Paris. The ROF focuses on internationalization: the partnership with the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman) goes on, while the Accademia Rossiniana has expanded its activity of recruitment to cities such as New York, Moscow and Seoul. As a starter of this year’s Festival, we will be staging L’Italiana in Algeri for marionettes created by the Compagnia marionettistica Carlo Colla & Figli, which will be performed from July  12 to 14 at the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro. In November, in the framework of the celebrations for Rossini’s passing, the ROF will propose the Petite messe solennelle in a jazz version by Paolo Fresu. In February 2020, we will celebrate Rossini's birthday”.

Ernesto Palacio said: “We have three main tasks ahead of us: to honor all the Rossini repertoire, in particular the least represented (this year we present Demetrio and Polibio and L’equivoco stravagante); engage new artists never seen in Pesaro (this year we have 9 debuts); give space to young talents from the Accademia Rossiniana "Alberto Zedda" (we have 12 former students in this year's program). The collaboration with the Rai National Orchestra; in addition, the national broadcaster will film Semiramide e will broadcast it in September. I want to pay particular attention to the ROF Gala XL, celebratory event of the 40th anniversary of the Festival, which will be divided into two parts: the first dedicated to the Rossini buffo and the second to the serious Rossini operas. Like every years we announce the titles of the following season".

Gianni Letta added: "It is a particular edition that celebrates an important goal. The collaboration between ROF and the Foundation has allowed the study and  the recovery of most of Rossini's operas which had disappeared from the repertoire and therefore unknown; the restitution of the Rossini Catalog in its entirety has enabled the Festival to present the complete works of Rossini to the  public of the whole world. But the merit of this goal also goes to the city of Pesaro, with its role of  UNESCO city of music it spreads the Rossini legacy throughout the world through the  perfect unity of its institutions: the Conservatory, the Foundation, the Festival, the Library and the newly opened National Rossini Museum".

Matteo Ricci closed the meeting: “ENIT has been by on our side in all the Rossinian celebrations, bringing Italian beauty and culture to the world through Rossini. The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the passing of the composer, were the occasion to promote our country throughout the world. But the work on Rossini continues: to be competitive, Pesaro must be more attractive under a cultural point of view. A revolution is going on in the world of cultural tourism: we’re expecting a large increase of presences of tourists from Asia and we want to intercept it by creating a network of Italian creative cities (Pesaro, Parma, Matera, Mantova, Palermo and others) that represents an alternative to traditional tourist routes. We also candidated Pesaro as the site of the annual meeting of the UNESCO creative cities for 2021".