The Programme of the Rossini Opera Festival 2023

Highlights include the world premiere of Eduardo e Cristina, 39th opera in Rossini’s operatic catalogue.


by OPERA Charm Team
December 14, 2022


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The 44th edition of the Rossini Opera Festival will be held in Pesaro from August 11th to 23rd 2023. The programme includes two new productions (Eduardo e Cristina and Adelaide di Borgogna), the revival of Aureliano in Palmira, Il viaggio a Reims by the Accademia Rossiniana, two Cantatas, five concerts and the Petite messe solennelle.

The founding bodies of the ROF are the Municipality of Pesaro, Intesa Sanpaolo and the Scavolini Foundation. The Festival is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Pesaro, the Marche Region, EBWorld, and the Fondazione Meuccia Severi.

The Festival will be inaugurated on August 11st at the Vitrifrigo Arena by the critical edition premiere of Eduardo e Cristina, the 39th opera in Rossini’s operatic catalogue. Jader Bignamini will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and the Teatro Ventidio Basso Chorus. The cast includes Enea Scala (Carlo), Anastasia Bartoli (Cristina), Daniela Barcellona (Eduardo), Grigory Shkarupa (Giacomo) and Matteo Roma (Atlei). The performance is entirely entrusted to Stefano Poda (direction, sets, costumes, lighting and choreography). The three replicas will be held on August 14th, 17th and 20th.

This will be followed on  August 12th at the Teatro Rossini by the premiere of Aureliano in Palmira, with George Petrou conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica Gioacchino Rossini and the Teatro della Fortuna Chorus in a performance conceived for the ROF 2014 by Mario Martone, with sets by Sergio Tramonti, costumes by Ursula Patzak and lighting by Pasquale Mari. The production won the Best Rediscovered Work Prize at the 2015 International Opera Awards. The vocal company includes Alexey Tatarintsev (Aureliano), Sara Blanch (Zenobia), Raffaella Lupinacci (Arsace), Marta Pluda (Publia), Sunnyboy Dladla (Oraspe), Davide Giangregorio (Licinio), Alessandro Abis (Gran Sacerdote), Elcin Adil (Un Pastore). Repeats on August 15th, 18th and 21st. 

We will return to the Vitrifrigo Arena on August 13th with Adelaide di Borgogna, another new production directed by Francesco Lanzillotta, on the podium of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and the Ventidio Basso Theatre Choir, and staged by Arnaud Bernard, with sets by Alessandro Camera, costumes by Maria Carla Ricotti and lighting by Fiammetta Baldiserri. In the cast, Varduhi Abrahamyan (Ottone), Olga Peretyatko (Adelaide), Riccardo Fassi (Berengario), René Barbera (Adelberto), Paola Leoci (Eurice), Valery Makarov (Iroldo), Alberto Robert (Ernesto). Repeats on August 16th, 19th and 22nd. 

The 35th Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda”, which kicked off on July 3rd, will close on July 17th at the Teatro Sperimentale with the usual Final Concert. The students will be the protagonists, on August 16th and 18th at the Teatro Rossini, of Il viaggio a Reims conceived by Emilio Sagi and taken over by Matteo Anselmi, with Andrea Foti on the podium of the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini. The singers of the Accademia Rossiniana will also perform in the Salons Rossini, concerts held in the historic villages of the province.

The concert programme is packed, with seven appointments all scheduled at the Teatro Rossini. It will begin on  August 14th with a new proposal of the Rossinimania section: the Cantata in morte di M.F. Malibran, composed in memory of the famous singer by P.A. Coppola, G. Donizetti, S. Mercadante, G. Pacini and N. Vaccaj, with Diego Ceretta on the podium of the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna. The cast includes Lyaila Alamanova, Giuliana Gianfaldoni, Shachar Lavi, Dave Monaco, Giorgi Manoshvili and Michael Mofidian. 

The Cantata in onore del Sommo Pontefice Pio IX will follow on August 15th. Christopher Franklin will conduct the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and the Teatro Ventidio Basso Chorus. The cast includes Pietro Adaíni (L’Amor pubblico), Marina Monzó (La Speranza), Michael Mofidian (Il Genio cristiano), Antonio Garés (Corifeo).

There will be two opera-symphonic concerts, both featuring the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini: on August 17th Sesto Quatrini will conduct Rosa Feola; on August 20th Marco Mencoboni will conduct Maria Kataeva. Also on the programme are three Belcanto Concerts: starring Teresa Iervolino (August 19th), René Barbera (August 21st) and Anastasia Bartoli (August 22nd).

ROF 2022 will close on  August 23rd at the Vitrifrigo Arena with the Petite messe solennelle. Michele Mariotti will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Teatro Ventidio Basso Chorus, as well as a cast consisting of Rosa Feola, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Dmitry Korchak and Giorgi Manoshvili. 


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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.


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