Shock as Rossini festival boss quits after 38 seasons

September 7, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The resignation of Gianfranco Mariotti today came as a shock to the Italian opera infrastructure. He seemed both indestructible and indispensable. The festival at Pesaro is one of the best of its kind.

But the Court of Auditors has raised questions about his contract and Mariotti decided to step aside.


Comments (8)

  1. Sue says:

    Are people still listening to Rossini these days? It’s the musical equivalent of tinned fruit.

    1. SC says:

      In a strong field, that is without doubt the stupidest remark ever posted on this blog.

      1. Olassus says:

        She is with a conservatory in Australia.

          1. Olassus says:

            Aussie humor is priceless, just like Rossini’s.

    2. Nik says:

      Perhaps, but tinned fruit sales are going strong.

    3. Paul Thomason says:

      Reminds me of San Francisco’s longtime music critic Robert Commanday who once told me, “Bellini never wrote a dramatically viable note in his entire life.”

    4. Stuart W Rogers says:

      Someone must be listening. Operabase has Rossini as #4 for number of productions worldwide from 2011/12 through 2015/16, after Verdi, Mozart and Puccini. For 2017 they list 258 productions of Rossini operas in 172 cities, and for 2016 they list 284 productions in 179 cities. Hopefully you were joking, but if not, I agree with the comment made by SC.

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