2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioacchino Rossini, and the festival that is dedicated to him, held in Pesaro from 11 to 23 August, commemorates his life with three new productions. One in particular stands out: The Barber of Seville, one of his most famous operas, on stage from 13 August at the Adriatic Arena.
Pier Luigi Pizzi is the director, set and costume designer: “This is not a farce,” he comments, “but a comedy of intrigue. Rossini makes everything clear and logical through the brilliant filter of his irony.”
For many, Rossini is synonymous with delightful comedy, but the great composer was also a master of the art of drama, with a finely tuned sense of theatricality and musical inventiveness that still enchants the public today.
Indeed it is a drama, Ricciardo e Zoraide, that inaugurates the festival on 11 August, also at the Adriatic Arena. The role of the protagonist is sung by a star in the world of opera, the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez. Stepping on the podium is Venezuelan Diego Matheuz, whose career as a director was launched by Claudio Abbado.
The programme includes the name of Massimo Ranieri who will join the cast of the Cabaret Rossini show, at the Auditorium Pedrotti on 18 August
The programme features operas performed by world-class artists, and the name of Massimo Ranieri: he will join the cast of Cabaret Rossini, at the Auditorium Pedrotti on 18 August, with a live relay screened in Piazza del Popolo.
The article by Bruno Ployer is taken from the magazine "La Freccia".
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