The project

A seminar dedicated to the interpretation in Rossini’s works, directed by Maestro Ernesto Palacio. The seminar, held every year in Pesaro during the Festival period, deals with the problems arising from modern interpretation of the vocal and dramatic requirements of the restoration of Rossini’s operas to the repertoire; it is open to professional singers and researchers.


The 2024 Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda” will take place from July 1 to 15.

It is possible to take part in the course either as a full participant or as an observer. Attendance at the course is free of charge, but limited to those chosen with a decision which must be regarded as final. Participants are selected from among the applicants on the basis of the material supplied, although an audition may be required.

Ladies are to be no more than 30 years old and gentlemen no more than 32 years old by the beginning of the course. The non-EU residents, in case they are selected, have to produce documents according to the current laws, under penalty of exclusion.
The study plan includes theoretical seminars, access to the Festival rehearsals and a course in vocal interpretation, concentrating mainly on the opera Il viaggio a Reims.
Ernesto Palacio will be assisted by Maestros Rubén Sánchez-Vieco and Luca Canonici.

By the beginning of the course Full participants are to perfectly learn by heart the assigned role(s), according to the indications given by the Accademia itself, which will also see to the supplying of the musical material. Full participants are also to perfectly know two Rossinian duets and two arias of their choice.

Qualified participants will then take part in the Concluding Concert of the Accademia, which will be held on 15 July, and in any possible side events.
Furthermore, the selected participants will be involved in the production of Il viaggio a Reims, staged at the Rossini Opera Festival as part of the “Festival Giovane” on 16 and 19 August.

A grant will be provided for those who take part in the Il viaggio a Reims.
A certificate of participation in the Accademia will be given to all at the end of the course.

Fondazione Meuccia Severi, created by the entrepreneur from Pesaro for the enhancement of the immense artistic heritage of its collections, supports the activities of the Accademia.


Director: Ernesto Palacio
Musical Coordination: Rubén Sánchez-Vieco
Vocal coach: Luca Canonici
Organisational coordination: Francesca Battistoni
Teachers: Juan Diego Flórez, Michele Mariotti, Rosetta Cucchi, Federico Agostinelli (musicologist), Marco Beghelli (musicologist), Frank Musarra (physiatrist), Franco Fussi (phoniatrist).


Rossini Opera Festival – Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”
Via Rossini, 24 I-61121 Pesaro
Tel. +39 0721 3800214