MONTECATINI OPERA FESTIVAL 2014
(18th April – 15th October)
Art Director: Maria Giulia Grazzini
MONTECATINI OPERA FESTIVAL, certainly one of the most relevant interesting cultural events in town, is a real evidence of the everlasting link which has always existed between this town and any form of art, in particular music. Although this Festival is principally devoted to classical music and opera fans, its main purpose is to highlight not only the town’s musical tradition, specially the great operas, but also the excellent wine-gastronomic products, focusing on the close relationship between musical culture and the culture of slow food.
The growing number of spectators, mainly foreigners, even after 15 years, contrasting the general trend of crisis and difficulty in many other organizations, confirms the successful formula of the festival.
This season’s programme, from April to October, presents 22 events, set in the most attractive thermal buildings of Montecatini SPA, either in the amazing historical hall of the Excelsior ,a real jewel of the early 20th century architecture and the perfect place to enjoy music with the same intimacy as a late 19th century salon or inside the Tettuccio, which welcomes everybody as in a warm hug and where you can still hear the musical echo of the great composers who have made Montecatini famous all over the world.
The Festival doesn’t neglect the new promising young artists and presents great international artists as well like: MARIA JOSE’ SIRI (July 2nd ) who will be Aida in the next season at the Arena Theatre in Verona, MASSIMO CAVALLETTI (September 3rd), who will give a unique recital in Montecatini, before going back to New York for the performances of Carmen at the Metropolitan Theatre .
There are also two special selections of great operas with costumes: LA TRAVIATA (July 18th) where Giuseppe Verdi creates one of the most psychologically complex woman characters of the romantic opera production, showing a deep sensitivity to understand and anticipate modernity and MADAMA BUTTERFLY (August 27th), a very touching opera by Puccini, full of feelings and love, whose exotic atmosphere will be introduced by the Rite of Tea, being the real expression of a philosophy of life based on the human need of serenity.
Among the new features of this season it is worth noticing the prestigious collaboration with Russian artists from important theatres in St. Petersburg. In the intercultural relationships between Italy and Russia art and specially music have always expressed a strong link between the two countries, both of them very rich of extraordinary works of art, great music schools and highly gifted artists.
Being 2014 the year of Italian – Russian Tourism it has seemed appropriate to plan a project aiming at consolidating the previous artistic links and developing new forms of collaboration through a better knowledge of each other’s huge cultural heritage .
The 4 recitals in May (7th, 14th, 22 nd, 29th) where Italian singers will perform with the singers of the MARIINSKY THEATRE and an exhibition of the painter Vera Sokolinskaya, are a sort of anticipation of the great final event on September 8th with the musicians of the HERMITAGE THEATRE and FABIO MASTRANGELO, the undisputed most famous and loved Italian conductor in today’s Russia. On that occasion GUNTHER SANIN, the first violin of the Arena Orchestra in Verona will play a very precious violin Goffrieller, dated Venice 1712.
At the end of July you can’t miss “Sounds and Tastes” a special multisensory event, aiming at underlining the strict relation between the culture of music and the culture of good food. Both of them a way to share, communicate and exchange emotions and get more knowledge.
We really look forward to welcoming you.
You will be very welcome !