Rossini Opera Festival Finds A New Orchestra

By Francisco Salazar

The Rossini Opera Festival has found a new orchestra.

After the Teatro Comunale di Bologna orchestra and chorus pulled out of the festival, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI has signed a deal with the festival to be its exclusive orchestra until 2019. La Repubblica reported that the orchestra will perform in the three productions originally scheduled for the Teatro Comunale Orchestra. The productions include “Le siège de Corinthe,” “La pietra del paragone” and the “Stabat Mater.”

It was reported last week that the ROF has refused to credit Bologna as co-producer and as a result the company decided to pull out of the festival. The split came after a 30-year relationship. The company first performed at the festival in 1987 when it played Rossini’s  “Petite Messe Solennelle.” Since then the orchestra and chorus have appeared in over 50 video and audio recordings of some of the most important Rossini productions. The Teatro Comunale di Bologna is now expected to be a co-producer for the Festival Verdi di Parma e Busseto’s upcoming projects.

The Rossini Opera Festival is scheduled to run from July 17 to August 22.