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Macerata Opera Festival 2018

#verdesperanza from 20 July to 12 August

The 2018 theme is #verdesperanza.
The main issues threaded into our next summer festival are connected with a green, clean environment and sustainability, with planting the seeds of a better future through the art of hope. Our aim is to build strong ties with other bodies and institutions working on these issues, building a dialogue on sustainability and bringing together culture, nature and the community.

Il flauto magico

  • 20 and 29 July, 4 and 12 August 2018
  • The Magic Flute by Mozart is a Singspiel (i.e. an opera with spoken dialogues), with music and scenes touching upon humour and fantasy, but also drama and ethics. Its characters can be interpreted literally but also metaphorically: thus, the Queen of the Night Continue reading (more...)

    L’elisir d’amore

  • 21 and 27 July, 5 and 10 August 2018
  • His name is Nemorino (hormone-ridden, little brain, big heart), her name is Adina (shrewd and seductive, but all in all a gentle soul), the other’s name is Belcore (big mouth, slightly rude) and the fourth one is Dulcamara (a true swindler, who is nonetheless harmless). Continue reading (more...)

    La traviata

  • 22 and 28 July, 3 and 11 August 2018
  • No opera is more contemporary and better suited to denounce the evils of conformity than Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave). It shows how sweet can spontaneous love be, as between passionate Alfredo (“De’ miei bollenti spiriti”) and dreamy, shy Violetta (“È strano, è strano… Sempre libera”). Continue reading (more...)

    Concerts in cantina

    Music and wine tasting: an unforgettable experience in some of the best wineries of Marche region.

    The 2019 edition of the Macerata Opera Festival is #rossodesiderio

    From 19 July to 11 August,Carmen, Macbeth and Rigoletto on the Sferisterio stage

    Red as desire, #rossodesiderio, is the theme for the 2019 Macerata Opera Festival, conveyed by jealousy, power and possession in Carmen, Macbeth and Rigoletto respectively. The 55th edition of the festival will open with a new production of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, to be staged on 19-28 July and 3-10 August. The festival Music Director Francesco Lanzillotta will conduct the orchestra, whereas Jacopo Spirei, one of the greatest Italian talents in the 40-to-50 age range, will be stage director. Two extremely successful productions of Verdi’s outstanding works complete the programme: Macbeth, directed by award-winning director Emma Dante, is a co-production of the Macerata Opera Festival and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 2017, it was awarded the Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh. Macbeth will be staged on 20-26 July and on 4 August, with Francesco Ivan Ciampa as orchestra conductor.

    Rigoletto is back at the Sferisterio with a brilliant, widely-acclaimed production first staged in 2016 and directed by Federico Grazzini. In 2019, the orchestra will be conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, with performances on 21-27 July, and 2-9 August.

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