The history of the ROF has been documented in a series of publications covering more than three decades of successes, step by step: books and DVDs.
Among the books: Medaglie incomparabili, in which Lorenzo Arruga tells the story of the Festival’s first twenty years; ROF XXV: una storia and ROF30, which include respectively the complete chronology of the first 25 and the first 30 years of the Festival, including ample photographic documentation of the most important productions; Il viaggio a Pesaro, a selection of articles chosen from the more than 450 foreign newspapers and magazines that have covered the Festival since 1980.
The series of theatre programmes published every year by the Festival’s editorial department, the Ufficio Edizioni e Archivio storico, should be treated separately. These are valuable not only for the exclusive critical and musicological articles that they contain, but also for their copious illustrations.
Furthermore, since 2011 the Rof has published a Bilancio sociale – a Social Budget – of its own activities, in other words a document confirming the rôle of its subject in the eyes of the community it serves, not only in structural but above all in ethical terms. On the other hand, it was the Department of Economics, Society and Politics of the Università di Urbino that published, also in 2011, Il Rossini Opera Festival nell’economia pesarese [The Rossini Opera Festival in the economy of Pesaro] a study of the economic income generated by the Festival in this territory. In 2013 the Departiment of Scienze della Comunicazione e Discipline Umanistiche of this same University of Urbino was responsible for the study entitled L'immagine di Pesaro e del Rossini Opera Festival nella stampa nazionale e internazionale [The image of Pesaro and the Rossini Opera Festival as seen by the national and international press]. The same year saw the publication of Accademia Rossiniana XXV. Una storia, the story of the first quarter-century of the study seminar under the direction of Alberto Zedda.
Where the CD is concerned, since 1985 important recording companies (Fonit Cetra, Ricordi, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Bongiovanni, Decca, Dynamic, Opus Arte) have published ROF operatic performances. The Festival itself, between 1997 and 2012, has published six CDs.
As from 2006 Dynamic, Naxos, Arthaus and Opus Arte have begun to publish DVDs of Festival performances. In 2012 the ROF published a concert performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia, following Alberto Zedda’s new critical edition.