Something wonderful awaits at the end of ROF 2014

L'Italiana in Alrgeri Usually Rossini lovers experience  a “low” after the Festival concludes. It’s a long wait until the next Festival.

This year, however, there is great news!

The sparklingly delightful L’Italiana in Algeri from ROF 2013 is going to be available on DVD at the end of August!

This over-the-top production by Davide Livermore features Anna Goryachova, Alex Esposito, Yijie Shi, and Mario Cassi, among others.

 

 

 

 

Armida makes her choice between Love and Vengence

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Carmen Romeu as Armida in Luca Ronconi’s production of Armida for ROF2014.
The beautiful music that accompanies this scene may be misleading.The direction makes it quite clear that Armida is having nothing of Dido’s hopeless love.

Aureliano in Palmira cast list

 

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AURELIANO IN PALMIRA

Dramma serio per musica di Giuseppe Felice Romani

Edizione critica Fondazione Rossini/Casa Ricordi, a cura di Will Crutchfield

Direttore WILL CRUTCHFIELD

Regia MARIO MARTONE

Scene SERGIO TRAMONTI

Costumi URSULA PATZAK

Progetto luci PASQUALE MARI

Interpreti

Aureliano MICHAEL SPYRES

Zenobia JESSICA PRATT

Arsace LENA BELKINA

Publia RAFFAELLA LUPINACCI

Oraspe DEMPSEY RIVERA

Licinio SERGIO VITALE

Gran sacerdote DIMITRI PKHALADZE

CORO DEL TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

Maestro del Coro ANDREA FAIDUTTI

ORCHESTRA SINFONICA G. ROSSINI

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Presenting the cast of ROF 2014 “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”

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IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA

Commedia di Cesare Sterbini

Edizione critica Fondazione Rossini/Casa Ricordi, a cura di Alberto Zedda

Direttore GIACOMO SAGRIPANTI

Ideazione, progettazione, elementi scenici, movimenti di regia, video e costumi ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI DI URBINO

Interpreti

Il Conte d’Almaviva JUAN FRANCISCO GATELL

Bartolo PAOLO BORDOGNA

Rosina CHIARA AMARÙ

Figaro FLORIAN SEMPEY

Basilio ALEX ESPOSITO

Berta FELICIA BONGIOVANNI

Fiorello / Ufficiale ANDREA VINCENZO BONSIGNORE

Ambrogio ALBERTO PANCRAZI

CORO SAN CARLO DI PESARO

Maestro del Coro SALVATORE FRANCAVILLA

ORCHESTRA DEL TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

Esecuzione in forma semiscenica

 

They’re back!

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In addition to Paolo Bordogna ( class of 1998 ) who will be Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, three members of the 2013 class of the Accademia Rossiniana are back at ROF 2014. This  time they will be performing in the Festival’s principal operas. Vassilis Kavayas will take on the role of Eustazio in Armida. Fellow graduates Dempsey C’Rivera, Sergio Vitale, and Dimitri Phkaladze will appear in Aureliano in Palmyra as Oraspe, Licinio, and the Gran Sacerdote. The Accademia continues to nuture young singers well!

 

 

 

The Accademia Rossiniana 2014 concluded on July 18th

Florez master classThe ROF’s Academia Rossiniana – a two week total immersion in Rossini singing – concluded on the 18th of July with a concert in the Teatro Sperimentale in Pesaro. The school has students selected from around the world studying under the direction of Alberto Zedda with the participation of the head of ROF, Gianfranco Marioti, as well as some of the stage directors and artists involved in this season’s operas.

This year, one of the highlights was a master class given by Juan Diego Florez.

Selected  graduates will appear in two performances of Il Viaggio in Reims in the Teatro Rossini on August 13th and 16th.

Read the full release at the Rossini Opera Festival website.

Americans have long been an important part of the Rossini Opera Festival

photoAmericans have been part of the fabric of the Rossini Opera Festival from the beginning. Artists such as Samuel Ramey, Marilyn Horne, June Anderson, Chris Merritt, Rockwell Blake, Renee Fleming, and Bruce Ford are some of the best known. In recent years Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Jennifer Larmore, and Amanda Forsythe have brought their talents to Pesaro.
This year, Americans Micheal Spyres and Will Crutchfield will be part of  Aureliano in Palmyra in its first performances based on the recently completed critical edition. Spyres and Crutchfield were part of the team that presented Ciro in Babylonia at ROF 2012. They were joined by Jessica Pratt and Ewa Podles. Pratt will be starring in Aureliano, and Podles will be giving a concert at the Teatro Rossini during the Festival.
The stars always seem to align in Pesaro.

Welcome to RossiniAmerica.org!

We are thrilled to launch this website at the start of the Rossini Opera Festival 2014 in Pesaro, Italy, Rossini’s hometown.

Our hope is to create a place where visitors can explore the rich legacy of Rossini and become acquainted with the unique music festival, which bears his name.

We are supported by the American Friends of the Rossini Opera Festival. During this year’s Festival, August 10 -22, we will concentrate primarily on the activities in Pesaro. After the Festival, we will expand our focus to include “all things Rossini” in the United States. It is the mission of the Friends to promote the Festival while at the same time encouraging the broader appreciation of Rossini’s music.

We hope you will participate by leaving comments, alerting us to upcoming Rossini performances in your area, and spreading the word about our activities. We will do our part by creating a space where you can learn about Rossini, about his music, and about the many people who make it come alive.

You are invited to join us by filling on the contact form on this site . You can follow us on Twitter @Rossiniamerica, and you may write for more information info@rossiniamerica.org.

Finally, please consider joining the Friends of the Rossini Opera Festival. By becoming a Friend you will help ensure that Rossini’s cultural legacy will thrive and continue to bring so much enjoyment to the world.

Thank you, and

Welcome again!