Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 114 - May 14th, 2010

Arena di Verona, Verona

June 18 to August 29

This marks the 88th year of Verona’s International Opera Festival, held in the First-century Roman arena, the best preserved Roman amphitheater in Italy. The 2010 program of five operas includes Turandot, Aida, Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Il Trovatore. Aida is perhaps the festival’s signature event, with a staging to match the magnificent venue.

Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto

June 18 to July 4

The Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi  celebrate  all the arts, not just music, is one of Italy’s – indeed Europe’s -- most important cultural events. Visitors can expect the unexpected, as innovation is highly prized here.


Festival Puccini, Torre del Lago 

June 16 to August 22


A beautiful new 3200-seat amphitheater is the venue for the 52nd Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, near Viareggio in western Tuscany. The setting is close to Villa Mausoleo where Puccini is buried. Operas on the 2010 program are: La Fanciulla del West, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Tosca, in addition to three ballet performances: Carmina Burana, Le Villi and Romeo and Juliet.





The Roman Opera Festival, Rome

July 1 to August 8

The Roman Opera Festival has one of the most outstanding settings – equal in history and atmosphere to Verona’s arena -- in the Ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla. Operas this year are Aida and Rigoletto and the ballet is Romeo and Juliet.

Summer Festival 

July 10 to July 23 2010

In July, Piazza Napoleone in Lucca, one of the most beautiful square in Tuscany, will host the Lucca Summer Festival, the very best of international live music.Each July, Lucca hosts a music summer festival within its walled city with top music artists taking part. Past singers include Pink, Elton John, Lauryn Hill and Alanis Morissette, among many others.




Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence 

April 29 to June 22

The famed Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina began this annual festival in 1933, making it one of the city’s oldest cultural events. The festival has its own dance company, Maggio Dance. This year’s festival will bring Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Christoper Hogwood to the stage of Teatro Comunale, along with Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.

Umbria Jazz, Perugia   

July 9 to 18

One of Europe's most popular jazz festivals, Umbria Jazz brings big names in jazz from all over the world to the Arena Santa Giuliana. Free outdoor jazz performances make the festival fun for everyone, whether they hold tickets or not.


Sferisterio Opera Festival, Macerata     

July 29 to August10

Rivalling Verona’s and Rome’s for the grandeur of its setting, this opera festival in Macerata, near the Adriatic shore between Asissi and Ancona, is set in the stadium-like Sferisterio. Built in 1823, it is considered one of the finest examples of the late European Neoclassical Style, with 56 Doric columns supporting its box seats. Built for sporting events, the Sferisterio hosted its first opera – Aida – in 1921.The 2010 season brings Faust and La Forza del Destino to its stage. Performances begin at p.m., so spectators can enjoy the view as dusk turns to dark. Additional performances of works by Vivaldi and Verdi will be held in the Teatro Lauro Rossi.

Rossini Opera Festival     

August 9 to August 22 2010

The Rossini Opera Festival is a foundation supported by the Pesaro Town Council, the Provincial government of Pesaro and Urbino, the Cassa di Risparmio di Pesaro Foundation, the Banca dell'Adriatico and the Scavolini Foundation. The Festival relies on the musicological contribution of the Rossini Foundation.






Music Fest of  Perugia     

July 20 to August 2

Over two weeks in the summer, Music Fest Perugia provides a challenging but inviting environment for young performers aimed at keeping the classical repertoire vibrant and alive. During the festival, students take private lessons, perform in master classes and have the opportunity to fill Perugia’s beautiful and historic halls (Sala dei Notari and Basilica di San Pietro, the latter a favorite of Herbert Karajan and Maria Callas) with recitals and concerti accompanied by an orchestra over three evenings.

Festival della Valle D’Itria     

July 15 – Martina Franca (Puglia) – August 4 2010

It is a summer opera festival held in the south eastern Italian town of Martina Franca in the Apulia region. The Festival was founded in 1975 and performances are given in July and August each summer on a specially constructed stage in the outdoor courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale.

Pistoia Blues     

July 14 – Pistoia – July 18

Pistoia Blues 2010, in collaboration with a major partner, stages a tribute to Frank Zappa in 70ennale the birth of the brilliant American composer and 28 years after his historic 1982 performance edition of the Festival. On 17 July will be partially dedicated to the legendary musician in California, culminating in the exhibition in Piazza del Duomo Dweezil Zappa on a show by the eloquent title  “ Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa”  with some robust versions of the huge repertoire of  Frank.


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