The prospectus for the XXXIV edition of the Festival includes two new opera productions (Guillaume Tell and L’Italiana in Algeri), besides the revival of Ponnelle’s historic production of L’occasione fa il ladro and Sagi’s classic Il viaggio a Reims.
Guillaume Tell returns to Pesaro after the unforgettable first complete performances here in 1995. This time the opera will be directed by Graham Vick, who has been responsible for two of the most exciting and courageous productions in the history of the Festival (Moïse et Pharaon and Mosè in Egitto). The orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna will be conducted by their regular conductor Michele Mariotti, who is returning to Pesaro after his great success last year with Matilde di Shabran. The star cast will be headed by Juan Diego Flórez (in his first Pesaro appearances in the rôle of Arnold), Nicola Alaimo, Marina Rebeka and Celso Albelo.
Another brand-new novelty will be L’Italiana devised by Davide Livermore together with his imaginative creative team, greatly applauded in last year’s brilliant Ciro in Babilonia, which has just been awarded the Abbiati Prize for the best costumes of the year, designed by Gianluca Falaschi. José Ramón Encinar, making his Pesaro début, will conduct the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna. The cast will feature the familiar mixture of stars of bel canto (Alex Esposito, Yijie Shi) with such new singers as Anna Goryachova, an authentic revelation in last year’s Matilde di Shabran.
More than welcome is the return of L’occasione fa il ladro, one of the last creations of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, one of the twentieth century’s master directors. The Chinese conductor Yi-Chen Lin, who already conducted Il viaggio a Reims in Pesaro two years ago, will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini and a brilliant cast led by the two comic basses Roberto De Candia and Paolo Bordogna.
Where Il viaggio is concerned, now a regular attraction for opera-lovers in search of new voices, this year as always it will feature the best pupils from the Accademia Rossiniana; the Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini will be conducted by the young conductor Daniel Smith.
Besides the four operatic productions, there will be Concerti di Belcanto featuring Michael Spyres, Celso Albelo and Yijie Shi; a tribute to Verdi (D’amor sull’ali rosee) offered by Marina Rebeka; a new episode of the Rossinimania series with the guitar of Eugenio Della Chiara; the fifth session of the Péchés de vieillesse with the pianist Bruno Canino; finally, concluding the Festival, a concert performance of La donna del lago, with the now traditional live video projection in Piazza del Popolo; among others, the cast will include Chiara Amarù, Carmen Romeu, Dmitry Korchak and Michael Spyres, conducted by Alberto Zedda.
We expect you with open arms!