In 2015 the Rossini Opera Festival won the International Opera Award with Aureliano in Palmira, for being the "Best Rediscovered Work", after having had two nominations for best Festival and best production with Guillaume Tell in 2014.
During its history the Rof has been also awarded the Premio Abbiati [Abbiati Prize] (the Oscar of Italian classical music, consigned every year by the Italian musical critic fraternity) 14 times:
in 1982 for being the best musical event of the year;
in 1984 for Il viaggio a Reims (the best theatrical production);
in 1990 for Ricciardo e Zoraide (best scenery: Gae Aulenti and best costumes: Giovanna Buzzi);
in 1997 for Moïse et Pharaon (best stage direction: Graham Vick);
in 1998 for La Cenerentola (best scenery: Margherita Palli);
in 2004 for Matilde di Shabran (best stage direction: Mario Martone);
in 2007 for La gazza ladra (best stage direction: Damiano Michieletto);
in 2008 for Ermione (best conducting: Roberto Abbado);
in 2010 for Sigismondo (best scenery: Paolo Fantin and best costumes: Carla Teti);
in 2011 for Mosè in Egitto (best theatrical production);
in 2012 for Ciro in Babilonia (best costumes: Gianluca Falaschi);
in 2016 for La donna del lago (best conducting: Michele Mariotti).
The Festival has also received the Premio Viotti [Viotti Prize] as the best musical event (1991), the Premio Samaritani [Samaritani Prize] forLa Cenerentola (best scenery: Margherita Palli -1998), two prizes from the magazine Musica e Dischi for the CD recording of La Gazzetta (2002) and the DVD of Bianca e Falliero (2006), the Diapason d’or of the French magazine of the same name for the DVD of La gazza ladra (2008) and, in 2009, a prize from the Music Pen Club Japan as the best live show from abroad for Maometto II, on tour in Japan in November 2008.