Juan Diego Florez To Return To Rossini Opera Festival In 2018

By Francisco Salazar

Juan Diego Florez will headline the 2018 Rossini Opera Festival with a new production of “Ricciardo e Zoraide.”

The production will mark the tenor’s return to the festival and will mark yet another Rossini role debut.

Florez will be joined by Pretty Yende and will be conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti. Marshall Pynkoski will direct the new production.

The festival will also present “Adina” with Diego Matheux conducting a new production by Rosetta Cucchi.

Luca Ronconi’s production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” will be revived and conducted by  Yes Abel and the festival will celebrate 150 years.

The 2017 Rossini Opera Festival will open on August 10 with “The Siege of Corinth” starring Nino Machaidze and Luca Pisaroni conducted by Roberto Abbado. La Fura dels Baus will direct the new production.

Florez has performed at the Pesaro Festival for the past 20 years where he has sung such opera’s as “William Tell,” “Matilde di Shabran,” “Le Comte Ory,” and “La Donna del Lago.”