The 2015 edition of ROF is full of delights

The program, with information about performances and artists is shown in below.

Among the artists that will appear are Juan Diego Florez, returning to the scene of his first success. He will appear in two performances of Messa di Gloria. Joining Florez will be another Festival favorite, soprano, Jessica Pratt. Olga Peretyatko will be returning to give one of the three Belcanto concerts.

Among the directors will be Damien Micheletto, just named “Venetian of the Year” . His production of La gazza Ladra is less well-known than his much-loved La Scala di Seta .

The superb Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Communale will be performing in two of the featured opears as well as Stabat Mater which will close the Festival. This performance will be transmitted to the Piazza del Popolo as has been the case for many years.

The conductors include Roberto Abbado for the Messa di Gloria and Michele Mariotti for Stabat Mater, as well as Donato Renzetti, Enrique Mazzola,Denis Vlasenko.

The roster of performers is rich with Rossinians well-known as well as new graduates of the Accademia Rossiniana.

Again this year an American tenor will star in the opening night performance. Rene Barbara from San Antonio,Texas will appear in La Gazza Ladra.

One of the most popular features of the Festival are the two performances of Il viaggio a Reims featuring the graduating class of “Accademia Rossiniana”.

And, the operas? La Gazza Ladra is the best known, but still infrequently performed. L’Inganno Felice , in a production by Graham Vick, and La Gazzetta in a new production by Marco Carniti are the other two. We will be posting back-ground information of these operas throughout the spring. With respect to La Gazetta it might be amusing to know that a group of Quakers appear.. perhaps not the first thing one would associate with a Rossini Opera!