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ITALY NEWS # 78 - March 4th, 2009


Urbino - Palazzo Ducale - April 4th- July 12th 2009

The exhibit, that will be taking place the 4th of April to the 12th of July in the Throne room and in the the apartment of the Dutchess of the Ducale Palace, office of the National Gallery of the Marche, has the aim to bring to light the formation of Raffaello in the great expressive culture found in the Urbinate court and above all the influence of his father in his education. There will be some of Raffaello’s greatest works on display, 20 paintings and 19 original drawings.



Teatro Regio di Parma –October 1/29 2009


Around 10th October, the Maestro’s birthday, when the city and its surroundings steeped in the autumnal colors and scents of the Verdi homeland deeply touch our collective imagination, this is the moment when the Festival comes to life: the days vibrate with music, opera and listening guides comparing singers from the present and the glorious past, conferences, readings from the masterpieces of literature which inspired the opera libretti, exhibitions, shows, a range of productions for every level of musical expertise, theatre, dance and avant-garde visual arts. The Festival is set in theatres, opera-houses and the most picturesque locations in Parma and the land of Verdi.




Ravello – June 26th - September 27th 2009

The aim of the Ravello Festival is to generate a special atmosphere which caresses the spirit. The ingredients it can count on are the serene landscape on all sides, the balmy climate, the highly evocative monuments and the courtesy. The Ravello Festival seeks to enable a style of life based on introspection, creative idleness, ethics and aesthetics.   The 2009 edition has a rich array of opportunities, and the thread that links these opportunities together,  showing them off but without any sense of constriction, is the topic of Courage, this year’s Wagnerian Leitmotiv.



Torre del Lago – June 15th / August 16th, 2009

Torre del Lago, home of the Puccini Festival, lies between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea,  11 miles  from Lucca and Pisa. The Festival welcomes thousands spectators every year to its open-air theatre, near   the Villa Mausoleum where Giacomo Puccini lived and worked.  Torre del Lago is a favourite destination of opera lovers and tourists who wish to visit the places where the most beloved composer of the 20th century lived. The Puccini Festival was born in 1930 following Puccini’s wishes.  The author of La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, expressed his wish to see his creatures come to life in the extraordinary natural stage offered by the Massaciuccoli Lake.


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