/ Rossini Opera Stampa; a 'KAUS
Urbino Project' related
to the Rossini Opera Festival 2012
These pages keep track
of the participation of professor Joseph J. Visser in the project.
The aim of the project is
to explore the stature of Pesaro's musician Gioacchino Rossini
(February 1792 - November 1868) until his early retirement in
1829 the most popular opera composer in history;
the man's creative oeuvre "through the eyes and hands of
an international group of artists / printmakers". The participating
artists are "selected from the most accomplished teachers
at top-tier international art academies and institutions";
one invitation is "reserved for a young, emerging Italian
The artists involved, all active professors, or emeritus professors
at academies and art-institutes in Europe, are:
Marian Bartczak, Poland,
Mazzocca, United States
Johannes Visser, The
Netherlands, (keeping the copyright
of these pages)
The younger emerging artist is Giovanni
These artists are invited to read and listen to opera's to be
staged in the 2012 Rossini Opera Festival, and be inspired by
it. This should at least lead to the making of one 64 x 88 original
print in a signed and numbered edition of 10 exx.
The finished works will be exhibited in Pesaro at Rossini's birthplace,
the 'Casa Natale di Giochino Rossini' during the ROSSINI OPERA
FESTIVAL XXXIII Edizione, in PESARO, 10 till 23 Agosto 2012.
Focus will be the opera's: Ciro in Babilonia, Matilde de Shabran,
and Il Signor Bruschino
Ciro in Babilonia
Matilde di Shabran
il Signor Bruschino
Il Viaggio a Reims
The association Keishiro Arts Urbino manages the International
Centre for the Artistic Engraving KAUS which is lodged in the
Pensile Garden of the ex St. Chiara's Monastery - see http://www.kaus.it
Joseph J Visser joined the project on
the 23rd February and will be working on the edition of prints
in Urbino from the15th till 29th of May.
Reading has started from 24th of February.
a Rossini manuscript seen
on a first internet fact-finding mission, also bringing the information
that Ottaviano Petrucci 1466-1539, papermaker, printer and publisher, was born
in Fossombrone, a village near to Urbino - both Urbino and Fossombrone
are on the river Metauro (URVINUM MATAURENSE), hence Petrucci's
papermaking mill; he invented music printing with movable type;
now we are getting somewhere!.
Joseph J. Visser, Composer,
Visual Artist , Author/translator & Lecturer.
- I have decided to (mainly
concentrate) work on 'Il Signor Bruschino'; mostly as I am, in
some simple way, interested in the history of arranged marriage
in Europe. My mother had an arranged marriage, and I am a happy
'bastard' from a love match that never resulted in a marriage.