Wide television coverage for the XXXIII edition of the Rossini Opera Festival, due to take place in Pesaro from the 10th to the 23rd August. Ciro in Babilonia, the opening performance of the Festival, will be televised (in delayed relay) on Friday 10th August at 9.15 p.m. by the RAI channel 5 and, on the International channel Unitel Classica HD, by 27 stations in Austria (UPC, Sky Austria), Bulgaria (Satellite BG), the Czech Republic (Skylink), France (Orange), Germany (Sky Germany, T-Entertain, KabelBW, Unitymedia, NetCologne), Luxemberg (Numericable), Malta (GO), Poland (Echostar Studio), Rumania (Romfirst), Slovakia (Skylink), South Africa (TopTV), South Korea (Olleh-KT, Skylife, CJ Hellovision), Spain (Imagenio-Moviestar), Switzerland (UPC Cablecom, Swisscom, Swisscable) and Taiwan (BBTV, New TV, Dish HD Asia, KBRO Vision). The Japanese television Sky Perfect, in collaboration with Tohokushinsha, will transmit the performance in the following weeks.
With regard to the second opera on the programme, Matilde di Shabran, a troupe from the RAI channel 3 programme Prima della prima was in Pesaro at the end of July and will return for the dress rehearsal, scheduled for the 8th August, to film the material they will utilize for an episode entirely dedicated to Mario Martone’s production.
On the eve of the Festival, television troupes from the National Geographic China and from the ORF, the Austrian national television, will be in town. The National Geographic China is in Pesaro as part of a project of the Region to film a video production dedicated to the Marche. Besides this the Chinese thematic satellite channel (www.ngtraveler.cn) will shoot a special programme within a specialized magazine. The protagonist of the documentary will be the actor and singer Nicky Wu, a true superstar in his home country, who will be in Pesaro in the afternoon of the 10th August. In the evening the troupe will film the inauguration ceremonies of the Festival.
The ORF troupe, guests of Aspin 2000, a special company of the Chamber of Commerce, will make a documentary on Gioachino Rossini and his native region in which ample space will be dedicated to the Rossini Festival. Members of the cast of Il Signor Bruschino will be interviewed and both backstage activities and the dress rehearsal will be filmed.