Rossini Opera Festival

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Country and Region ItalyMarche
Type of Festival Opera
Location of Festival Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Festival Contact Information

Rossini Opera Festival
Via Rossini 24
61100 Pesaro, Italy
Phone: (39) 72138001
Fax: (39) 7213800220

Festival Description

Each year in August the Rossini Opera Festival (frequently referred to among musicians as the Pesaro Festival) is held in Pesaro, Italy, the birthplace of the opera composer Gioacchino Rossini. The Festival was established in 1980 with the aim of making the world more aware of Rossini’s neglected operas and presenting all of them in collaboration with the G. Ricordi & Co. music publishing house, which published their critical editions. Of the approximately three dozen operas written, only a handful are regularly presented. From the beginning, the Festival has attracted renowned opera singers including Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballé, and Ruggero Raimondi.

Performances are given in the Teatro Rossini an 850-seat theatre built in 1818. In addition, the modified “Palasport” sports arena which holds 1,500 and has held performances since 1988. Since 2000 another venue, the Teatro Sperimentale (Experimental Theatre), has offered the opportunity to present smaller-scale or minor works by contemporaries of Rossini such as Mosca, Generali, and Coccia.

Festival Dates August 10 - 23, 2013
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