Gioachino Rossini is one of the most popular Italian bel canto opera composers. Who does not know this? His best-known operas have become popular hits, such as:
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Woman in Algiers), La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), La gazza ladra (“he thieving magpie), Il viaggio a Reims, (The journey to Reims) and many others. They are all an important part of the standard repertoire of international opera houses today.
Pesaro in the Marche region, not far from Bologna and the popular seaside resorts of Rimini and Cattolica, has hosted the popular Rossini Opera Festival since 1980. So how about extending your summer vacation and taking the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful opera festivals in Italy at one of the Pesaro theaters?
Pesaro is the birthplace of Gioachino Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) and was declared a ‘Creative City’ of Music by UNESCO in 2017. The Rossini Opera Festival has contributed to the rediscovery of lesser-known masterpieces by the maestro that would otherwise have been forgotten.
Take the opportunity to discover more of Rossini: his personality and his favorite food. The Marche region was formative for Italian art history. Make a detour to Urbino, where the famous Renaissance painter Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) was born and where important works are on display in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche.