Gioachino Rossini

According to numerous anecdotes, Gioachino Rossini was not very vain when it came to his operas: ‘If you know one of my overtures, you know them all’ is only one bon mot attributed to him. Most of his operas were composed under pressure and Rossini didn’t hesitate to reuse parts of his older works for new commissions. He composed IL BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, his best-known opera, in just 26 days, recycling for the overture material from two older works. This way, he created 39 operas within twenty years before giving up writing opera altogether. He wrote his last opera, GUILLAUME TELL, a full 40 years before he died. Today, 200 years after their composition, his operas – LA CENERENTOLA, IL BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI and GUILLAUME TELL – continue to shape our idea of what opera is. Rossini remains opera’s master of comedy.

Rossini Opera Festival: L'Italiana in Algeri

Rossini Opera Festival | L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI – Making-of

‘What’s impressive for me is how these gags are still relevant and funny today, all we needed to do was to translate them into everyday language’ says Davide Livermore about the exciting challenge of staging his production of L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Rossini Opera Festival in 2013. Davide Livermore is now General Manager and Artistic Director of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia.
Rossini Opera Festival: Il Signor Bruschino

Rossini Opera Festival | IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO – Making-of

‘In a theme park everything is fake and real at the same time, Rossiniland is the perfect setting of an apparently light headed comedy’ say young artists Sara Bonaventura and Daniele Villa about their production of IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO, staged in 2012 at Rossini Opera Festival.