Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
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Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are
dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an
elegant dress for ladies.
Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
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public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
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About the Theater
Instituted in 1980, the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro is devoted entirely to the work of Gioachino Rossini. Apart from the classic masterpieces of the Rossinian canon, which are restored to their authentic form (such as L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI and TANCREDI), the Festival also boasts a long list of unknown and forgotten masterpieces that have traveled from Pesaro to theatres all over the world. The crowning moment of this systematic revival of Rossini's "buried" works was the recovery of IL VIAGGIO A REIMS, the mythical score that disappeared after its first performances in 1825, and of which not even manuscript copies seemed to have survived. Its accidental re-discovery and its revival in Pesaro in 1984 constitute one of the most important musical events of the 20th century.