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Progetto ROS / 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 artist":

The artists involved, all active professors, or emeritus professors at academies and art-institutes in Europe, are:
Andrzej Marian Bartczak, Poland,
Egidijus Rudinskas, Lithuania,
Gus Mazzocca, United States of America,
Kestutis Vasiliunas, Lithouania,
Joseph Johannes Visser, The Netherlands, (keeping the copyright of these pages)
The younger emerging artist is
Giovanni Piccini, Italy

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
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Il Viaggio a Reims


KAUS Urbino:
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

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.


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